The source of our Organic Palm oil is a company called Agropalma Brazil. In a 2012 report on sustainable Palm Oil production, Greenpeace rated Agropalma Brazil as the #1 most sustainable supplier in the world and highlighted its work as "a blueprint for the rest of the palm oil industry to move towards responsible production." The principle concern over sustaniablily is in relation to conventional palm oil production. We only source Organic RSPO Certified Palm Oil from Agropalma Brazil.
Here are links to some reports and articles on sustainable Palm Oil production.
Agropalma Brazil Social and Environmental Responsibity
long does it take to make the soap on the bicycle?
varies depending on the particular soap I am making, but it usually
takes me about 3 hours of pedaling to thicken up the soap for
difficult is it to pedal the mixture?
it is not difficult at all, at least at the beginning. The consistency
of the mixture is much like oil and water in the beginning stages
of the process. It gets thicker and therefore more difficult as
the mixing proceeds. By the end, the last 30 minutes or so, the
pedaling gets quite difficult and is hard to maintain. Luckily that
means it is done!
did you decide to use a bicycle?
I used to make the soap by hand stirring and found that it was
taking me so long and I could only process 80 pounds of soap at
a time. I love to bike and it dawned on me that legs are much stronger
then arms and so why not try to mix the soap with a bicycle. That
was the idea and I searched for a bicycle builder who would help
me design and build the contraption I now use.