Assortment of Salish Sea Soap Pebbles

How is the circular economy inspired by Nature?

The idea for Salish Sea Soap Pebbles was born on a beach in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island, when Soap for Hope Canada and NatuR&D connected at a Power to Give Social Impact Academy.

Nature doesn’t let anything go to waste. As the world turns, Nature’s cycles breakdown, restore and refresh the water and soil of the planet.

Salish soap pebbles

Salish Sea Soap Pebbles turn organic factory soap offcuts into a useful and beautiful product that keeps valuable feedstock in circulation, the way nature transforms waste into resources.

The soap pebbles are made with activated charcoal, a variety of skin conditioning clays and organic soap. Some of the soap is even made of captured carbon dioxide, which further benefits our environment by removing and repurposing this compound into a usable product.

Nature transforms materials in place through local partnerships.

A small group of artisans have hand crafted over 9000 Salish Sea Soap Pebbles to date, which are then sold by local distribution partners to the public. Deep Cove Store, Ecotopia, Zero Waste, The Pier Hotel, as well as distributor Market 1750 in Shawnigan Lake have generously donated retail space at no cost to support this initiative. This means that the Soap Pebbles are able to use 100% of profits to support local community projects.

Nature transforms materials into nutrients where they are needed.

soap pebbles in a shell

In 2021–our first year of profits went to the Tsawout (pronounced say-out) Bighouse. With this seed money, we joined their team to help with an event held on Truth and Reconciliation Day and graciously hosted by Pauquachin First Nation, raising a total of $80,000. Almost a year to date, they are having their Grand Opening. 2022 proceeds are earmarked to support low-income seniors. Profits from Salish Sea Soap Pebbles support the communities where they are created.

So when you lather up with Salish Sea Soap Pebbles…know that you are supporting a Nature-inspired biomimic way of living that naturally supports a regenerative no-waste life cycle. Truly designed for the circular economy that will shape your triple bottom linepeople, planet and prosperity.

NatuR&D exists to track towards a world where designers, architects, engineers, artists and creatives see Nature as their ally and inspiration for solving today’s most depressing challenges. From packaging to climate change, Nature is the go-to guru. If your team is looking for its next edge in innovation, NatuR&D is here to support you with biomimicry thinking R&D. 

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