Ethical soap manufacturer Hand in Hand begins partnership with TerraCycle
By recycling leftover flexible plastic tubes Philadelphia-based company is diverting waste from landfills while adding to their sustainability repertoire
Hand in Hand, a sustainable and ethically-minded soap company that donates a bar of soap to those less fortunate for every bar of soap sold, has announced a new recycling program in partnership with international recycling leader TerraCycle.
Hand in Hand, based in South Philadelphia, is guided by the principles of sanitation, sustainability and philanthropy. To date, the company has donated nearly 3 million bars of soap to Haitian and Cambodian children threatened by water-related illnesses. Through partnerships with non-profits in both countries and by creating products that are palm oil-free, cruelty-free, paraben-free and petrochemical-free as well as vegan, Hand in Hand prides itself on environmental and ethical responsibility.
The brand's new recycling partnership with TerraCycle comes in addition to existing sustainability initiatives, including Hand in Hand's collaboration with Eco-Soap Bank, which diverts leftover hotel soaps from landfills and donates them to schools, hospitals and villages.
Now, by recycling their leftover flexible plastic tubes with TerraCycle, Hand in Hand is diverting additional waste from landfills while adding to their sustainability repertoire. The collected plastic waste will be recycled into a variety of new products such as park benches, bike racks, shipping pallets and recycling bins.
"Hand in Hand is always looking for ways to sustainably improve our packaging while still remaining economical for our active customers," said Holly La Porte, Director of Brand Development. "With our products, we pride ourselves in supply chain transparency, sourcing our ingredients without palm oil or any palm derivatives. We're thrilled to partner with TerraCycle as a next step in our path to long term packaging sustainability."
TerraCycle specializes in collecting and re-purposing hard-to-recycle waste through a variety of platforms, including large-scale recycling, which helps manufacturing facilities like Hand in Hand's recycle large volumes of waste.
"Partnering with socially-aware and environmentally-conscious businesses like Hand in Hand dovetail well with TerraCycle's philosophy of minimizing the impact of humans while maximizing our ability to do-good," said Tom Szaky, TerraCycle CEO.
For more information about Hand in Hand, visit handinhandsoap.com or browse their products at Whole Foods locations nationwide or regionally at Wegmans, Fresh Thyme, Kroger, Target, and Ulta.
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