$7000 RAISED TO HELP ENDANGERED ORANGUTANS AND THEIR HABITAT!

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At The Australian Natural Soap Company we think it’s important to our community, the world, and the culture of our team to give back!

Half the proceeds of our testers and donation boxes go to The Orangutan Project – a not-for-profit organization helping to protect critically endangered orangutans and their habitat!

THANKS TO YOU – THIS YEAR ALONE WE HAVE RAISED A WHOPPING $7,000!

This is due to the generosity of our AMAZING CUSTOMERS (that’s you!)

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So what will your generosity achieve?

 $3000 will provide full, round the clock care for one orphaned orangutan over one year. This includes nutritious food, medical care, vaccinations and will contribute to the wages of the dedicated staff who look after these infants day and night.

$1000 will help support five orphaned orangutans at jungle school for a whole year. Their schooling will teach them to recognise and forage for nutritious jungle foods, build safe nests high in the canopy, and provide them with all the survival skills they’ll need to make it in the jungle – safe and free.

And $3000 a year will help run one of the all-terrain vehicles our partner, the Centre for Orangutan Protection relies on in East Kalimantan to conduct rapid response rescue operations and transport pre-release orangutans to protected areas of the forest.

“When our partner got a telephone call from the Nature Conservation Agency of Indonesia saying they’d confiscated a critically ill baby orangutan, it took them an arduous 12 hour drive to reach him – but they did and here Happi is today – healthy, safe and attending jungle school – thanks to you!” – The Orangutan Project

Gifts you can feel good about!

ULTIMATE DONATION PACK
This is the ultimate ethical gift! The pack contains 100g of our beautiful donation soap: Spearmint Sensation and a selection of 5 tester bars.

TESTER SOAPS
Can’t decide which soap you would like to purchase? Why not try a few! $5 from every $10 pack will be donated to the Orangutan Project.

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Orangutan Month

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So we have been a little quiet on the blog front for a while (so many exciting project taking up lots of time!) but we are very excited to be back with some very exciting news!

Here at The ANSC we are passionate about making products that are not only fantastic for your human (and pet…) skin, but also are envionmentally sustainable! This of course means we absolutely use no palm oil in our products, but more than this we are partnered with some amazing charities that support some of our most threatened furry friends!

Along with our donation soap (more info on this one to come soon!) we donate 50% of our profits of our tester soaps and tester packs to The Orangutan Project! Statistically speaking our testers are our best selling product both in store and online so we have been very excited to make our next donation to this fantastic charity!

We are really proud to be supporters of the The Orangutan Project and the incredible work they do! They are an incredible not-for-profit who work tirelessly to support a wide range of critical projects that address the holistic problem facing remaining fragmented orangutan populations – including fighting deforestation and habitat loss at the highest level.

We are so excited to announce that we have just donated a massive $5749 towards this amazing work with these wonderfull animals! Here is some info from the charity about how our donation has helped out our new friend Dora!

Sumatran orangutan release site, Bukit Tigapuluh, Sumatra

 The Orangutan Project provides funding for a Sumatran orangutan release site in Bukit Tigapuluh (BTP), Jambi, Sumatra. Over 165 orangutans have been released into the BTP ecosystem. It is imperative that populations of Sumatran orangutans be re-established in areas where they once lived.

Young orangutans are kept in pre-release cages at the release site. As well as their standard diet, orangutans are given a wide variety of jungle food to eat including fruits, leaves, rotan stem and termites. Suitable orangutans also partake in ‘jungle school’ as part of their rehabilitation and training to return to the wild. Here they learn how to forage for food and make nests high in the canopy.

It is vital that orangutans in pre-release training receive a good quality diet and medical care. $5,000 will cover the cost of food and medical care for the orangutans undergoing pre-release training for six months. Little Dora here is very close to being released after undergoing jungle school training for two years. Your help has been invaluable to the orangutans at BTP. Thank you!

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For more info about this amazing organisation please visit orangutan.org.au and to help us help them and treat yourself at the same time you can purchase our tester packs here !

Mother’s Day

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The point of this day can get a bit lost in the fluff of flowers & chocolates, but deep down it’s not just another hallmark holiday; it’s a chance to celebrate and empower women.

It’s an acknowledgment of the strength it takes to raise a family (or the choice not to), build a valuable career, pursue unique dreams or to live any particular way of life as a woman in this world which still struggles widely with issues of equality. As a small business run almost entirely by women, we value the importance of encouragement and support for each other. Not everyone does things the same way, but it’s about accepting that and embracing our differences – not fighting them!

We wanted to do something different this Mother’s Day to support and share those values, so we decided to partner up with The Beauty Bank – An amazing team who take in donations to create gift packs for people in need who wouldn’t normally be able to treat themselves to little luxuries like shampoo & candles.

Nice soap is one of those things that few people buy for themselves, but we all know it makes for a great gift. This means a lot people come in to shop with us for unique presents to give their relatives or friends (and often leave with a cheeky piece for themselves!). But what if for a few extra dollars with your purchase you could pay a soap forward to a woman who is a victim of domestic violence? Or a teenage girl who has to wear the same uniform all week because her parents can’t afford spares? We like to think that you would do it.

So as of now & for the next few weeks, when you come to visit one of our shops or you browse our website, you have the option to pay a soap forward. You buy a soap, we put it in the donation basket, The Beauty Bank packs it up for someone they believe it will bring a little light of joy to. Simple!

It’s a chance for you to treat the women in your life, as well as women you’ve never met, to something a little bit special that might just be the sign of support that they needed!

Leadbeater’s Possum Awareness Week

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Monday March 28th until Sunday 3rd April 2016 is the Leadbeater’s Possum awareness week – a time for learning and sharing about this precious endangered species.

The tiny Leadbeater’s Possum was presumed extinct by 1960, simply because none had been seen for 50 years. Then, in 1961, a single possum was rediscovered by naturalist Eric Wilkinson near Marysville, 90 minutes east of Melbourne – a long way from it’s original habitat in Gippsland! In 1968 it was made the official faunal emblem of Victoria.   Also known as Fairy Possum, the Leadbeater’s Possum is a tiny, nocturnal creature with large eyes and a long tail measuring around 10 to 15cm in length. It requires old growth eucalypt trees with established hollows for its home.

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Due to the effects of logging and the Black Saturday bush fires, much of the Possums natural habitat has been lost. With numbers as low as 1500, they have been declared as critically endangered.

How you can help them:

  • Buy some Donation Soap from us – Profits go to the Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum inc. who are a team of volunteers working hard at preserving and protecting our little furry friends. You can also join them to help out on one of their projects.

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Happy Leadbeater’s Possum awareness week!

Donation Soap – For a Feel Good Clean

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Here at The Australian Natural Soap Company we believe in giving back to the community. We are a small growing business ourselves and we understand the importance of receiving support and encouragement from those around us, so we came up with a concept that allows us to do that kindness for others.

With the release of our Donation Soap in late 2015 came the opportunity to raise awareness and funding for not-for-profit organizations that we see as the positive change makers of the modern world. We are passionate about doing the right thing when it comes to environmental and animal welfare issues, so these are the kind of groups we had in mind to work with.

Our first partnership for this project was a small team of dedicated volunteers who run the Goongerah Wombat Orphanage in Far East Gippsland.

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Wombats are one of the beautiful Australian animals that fall victim to our roads all too often. Many drivers do not pay enough attention on the roads that pass through bush land that is home to many native creatures, resulting in unfortunate deaths and injuries of our treasured wildlife.

The Goongerah Wombat Orphanage is devoted to saving the lives of the injured and orphaned wombats that survive these accidents. Their work is endless and tiresome, but is fuelled by love and passion. The care of furry orphans from the wild entails unique methods for providing them with the food, bedding and medicine that they need in their vulnerable state of separation from the pouch.

Baby Wombats

Sometimes there are orphans so young they barely have fur, so it really is like taking in a baby! At this age they require very regular feeding and temperature control, which means many sleepless nights and constant attention from the carers. The milk formula that sustains the little ones is about $150 per five kilos. As they grow they are introduced to oats and sweet potatoes, which become their staple diet along with munching on grass.
They start out sleeping in handmade pouches until they are old enough to begin the move outside where bales of hay are provided for the big kids and any grown ups that have been released who return now and then when times are tough.
So, what these carers have taken on is months of expensive milk formula per orphan and maybe years of oats and vegetables to fill the always hungry wombat bellies, plus bedding and vet bills when health issues arise – all out of their own pocket!

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So that, friends, is why we chose to donate to the Goongerah Wombat Orphanage and we are proud to have raised $336 through the sales of our Donation Soap in store and online. With many thanks from the GWO, and us, we hope that you will continue to support our endeavour to raise awareness and funding for those who are courageous enough to bring positive change into the world around them.