Everyone who ordered a DIY set from Bara Studio in the past few weeks also included a small gift. They were testers from the Seepje company - a company from the Netherlands that has set itself the task of making the world a nicer and cleaner place to clean. You either had a bottle of liquid detergent or a bag of soap nuts in your box. I hope you were happy about the little gift! :) Today I would like to tell you more about this great, unique company.
Who is behind Seepje?
The company was founded in 2013 by Jasper and Melvin, who saw a Nepalese woman on TV using the peel of a fruit to wash her clothes. They then ask themselves "Why do we use so much synthetic stuff here when washing can also be done naturally?". They scraped together their BafÖG and imported the first batch of these nuts to Rotterdam.
What is Seepje detergent made of?
The shell of the fruit of the Sapindus mukorossi tree, known in Germany as a soap nut, contains a natural soap that is released on contact with water and washes clothes naturally. The liquid extract of these so-called "super shells" serve as the basis for the liquid products. You can also buy the super shells whole nuts and put them in the washing machine in a small bag.
Does that really work?
Yes! Of course I tried it myself before I sent the product testers to you and I'm thrilled! If you wash with the super shells, the laundry smells very natural and quite neutral. Personally, I like this very much, as I generally don't like heavily perfumed detergents or fabric softeners. Those who like it with a light scent are well advised to use liquid detergents. They smell pleasant and not overpowering.
Why is Seepje sustainable?
Seepje is in close contact with the World Fairtrade Organization to improve working and living conditions in Nepal and India through fair wages. There the super shells grow wild and are harvested, dried and gutted by the farmers.
Since the super shells have come a long way, Seepje compensates for the CO2 produced with the " GoodShipping Program ". This program makes recycled biofuels, such as old frying fat, available to shipping, thus enabling CO2-neutral super shell shipping.
Seepje is also B-Corp certified, which means that this company has its sustainability and impact checked comprehensively and independently.
The super bowls are packed in conveyor workshops in the Netherlands.
The PLA bag in which the super bowls are protected from moisture is 100% biodegradable
The liquid product bottle is made from 97% recycled HDPE plastic.
All essential oils contained are certified organic.