Recently I went to my third soap making activity with other Sustainable Action Community group members – this time with my recorder and camera so that I can share with you a little of what it is like to make your own soap. It’s definitely the sustainable alternative to buying mainstream commercial soap. In fact most of the soap we buy contains artificial fragrances and synthetic preservatives. Furthermore it is almost invariably made with palm oil – a very unsustainable product as it is indirectly leading to the destruction of our Malaysian and Indonesian rainforest to clear land for the growing of palm oil.
Soap making has been around for 1000s of years – with first records of a recipe in 2800BC in Babylon! In more recent times past, soap was something every family made, containing just three essential ingredients – Sodium hydroxide (otherwise called caustic soda), fat or oil, and water – combined in a process called saponification. It sounds simple, but as you’ll hear soapmaking is a potentially hazardous exercise! Still the outcome of lovely benign eco-friendly soap is definitely worth it!
In this programme, a small group of us get together to make some soap with fellow SAC member and friend Christine Keller. Christine enjoys making her own products including her own soap and is a natural teacher of practical skills.
TO LISTEN to this programme about Soapmaking please click on http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=981f7462-58ae-4d2f-8ed0-e40400d277f2
To find out more about
- measurements for making your own soap go to www.soapcalc.net
- Christine – go to http://www.christinekeller.co.nz
This programme was originally broadcast on the 7th May 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by the Dunedin City Council.