The Full Story
Our goal at Sakura Soap Studio is to create a whole skincare regime using only natural materials and ingredients. We want to raise awareness of how our consumption impacts the environment and to show others that we can use products that embrace and celebrate the beauty and benefits of natural ingredients without harming the environment.
A Plastic Free, Low Waste Approach
Sakura Soap Studio does not use plastic in its production or packaging. Boxes, paper bags and packaging filler materials are reused as much as possible. So while the box your products get delivered in may not be branded with a fancy logo, know that you are helping minimise waste.
Here are some of the ways waste is reduced in our production:
Shredding paper instead of throwing it out to use as filler material in boxes
Reusing boxes from suppliers to send out customer orders in
Asking suppliers to reduce plastic packaging or use recyclable packaging where possible
Buying raw materials in bulk to reduce plastic containers/bags
Using FSC certified/Recycled paper to print promotional materials and soap bands on
Using Furoshiki, the Japanese traditional method of wrapping with cloth for orders marked as gifts. The fabric is cotton, and can be used to wash the face/body.
A Holistic View on Production
We are proud to say we overthink every part of the process. From the homemade glue made from soy milk powder to the courier satchel (which is home compostable), each step has been examined to make sure the chosen process is the most environmentally friendly option.
However, where it is outside of the capacity of business this small to take the environmentally conscious approach, waste is disposed of as responsibly as possible. For example, taking oil waste to the local community recycling centre for proper disposal.
Making multipurpose products is always front of mind in all formulations. While soap is, well… soap, it can be used in many ways. Cut it up into a smaller piece for overnight travel or a holiday. The soap can also be used as a shampoo bar, although it may need an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse afterwards. Another idea is to shave rolls off the bar using a veggie peeler and carry the shavings in a small container in a handbag for washing hands when you’re out (there’s never any soap in those public toilet dispensers).
The face oil has 4 ways it can be used; as it’s intended as a face oil, makeup remover, hair serum and finally, mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut and used as an entire body oil.