We are currently in the middle of a pandemic, and we can’t continue with business as usual. We’ve had to adapt and make changes because now is the time to help. It’s time to support the healthcare heroes on the front lines.
But what’s a soap company going to do to help?
Well, exactly that: make soap. In times of uncertainty we all have a role to play to help those in need, and as a company that makes personal hygiene products, we’re in a unique position to help fight the spread of Covid-19. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to create our first scent-free soap to donate to hospitals, medical clinics and community groups.
The soap is made from the same ingredients as our bestselling Honey I Washed The Kids—minus the fragrance. We start with our palm-oil free soap base and add sustainably sourced honey to soothe and moisturize dry skin. The mixture is then hand poured in batches, sliced and wrapped before being packaged up for donation.
Who exactly is receiving our scent-free soaps?
Our manufacturing facilities and head offices are based in Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario. We’re proud of the relationships we’ve built with our local communities here over the past two decades, and we listened to the concerns of our customers, staff and Charity Pot partners when matching donations to organizations.
We are producing thousands of bars of scent-free soap in Vancouver to support 13 direct service health care organizations and women’s centers and shelters across the province. This includes a shipment of 5000 soaps to BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital and 5100 soaps to DTES Response.
In Toronto, we have begun production of 50,000 units of scent-free soap to support requests for multiple direct service and healthcare organizations—with over 25,000 pieces going to Green Health Care, a network supporting 15,000 hospitals across the country.
We also know there is a concern for ongoing access to vital PPE (personal protective equipment). Our manufacturing operations in Vancouver emptied its shelves and donated all of our additional masks and gloves to the BC First Nations Health Authority. They will be distributed in the way they determine addresses the most need. In Toronto, our supply of gloves was donated to the following animal shelters, rehabilitation programs and protection centers:
Scott Veterinary Clinic
Brant County SPCA
The Owl Foundation
Hamilton Animal Services
Preston Animal Clinic
Lincoln County Humane Society
Guelph Humane Society
Kitchener Waterloo Humane Society
Burlington Animal Society
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
We believe in mutual aid—these are not acts of charity. Limiting the spread of coronavirus is paramount at this time, and we are doing what we can to ensure that everyone can follow the recommended health guidelines. As the situation surrounding Covid-19 continues to evolve and new challenges arise, we will be ready to adapt our response. While the need is great, so too is the outpouring of love and support in our community. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate this uncharted territory together.