Soap Cycling Singapore is an NGO that works with students, hotels, businesses, volunteers, and charities across Asia to recycle soap. In a movement to improve sanitation and hygiene, the organization collects, cleans, and renews gently used soaps that are about to be thrown out. Its efforts help support recycling and greener living, as well as waste reduction by distributing soap to regions without it and that need it most.
Soap Cycling was founded in 2012 by David Bishop, a law professor at The University of Hong Kong, and a group of his students. In 2017, operations started in Singapore, pioneered by students from the National University of Singapore.
We had the opportunity to connect with Jacqueline (Jackie) Tan, Soap Cycling Singapore’s partnerships manager, to discuss the organization’s journey and mission. She explained the recycling process that the organization follows, from initial collection to final distribution.
The process starts with the collection of lightly-used soap from local hotels in Singapore. “At the moment, we are saving 510kg of lightly used soap from the incinerator,” she explains.
Next, the soap is sent to Soap Cycling warehouses, which rely on partnerships. As in any other company, growth happens in small steps; after years of storing soap under their beds, one of their local partners has offered a modest storage place and activity spaces for volunteering sessions. “We experience an amicable collaboration here. This local charity is serving the migrant workers community in Singapore. Injured workers cannot work, so we compensate them by giving them tasks they can perform and covering their transport, leases and food costs” explains Jackie.
The soap is then sorted, recycled, and distributed to the needy with the help of NGO partners. In 2019, they distributed over 300kg (7,500 soap bars) in Singapore and the nearby region. Besides their local distribution, they also sent out soap to Indonesia and The Philippines.
To face down the COVID-19 crisis, Soap Cycling is joining forces with charity partners to distribute soap to vulnerable populations. “Our partners have already hand sanitizer and masks, so we are putting together a care package that we distribute. So far, we have distributed this care package to 1,800 workers in the past 2 weeks,” Jackie adds.
When asked about where she sees Soap Cycling moving in the next 5 years, Jackie explained that the organization wants to keep supporting the Singaporean and migrant worker communities and expand rapidly so that it can provide soap to disadvantaged communities throughout Southeast Asia. Moreover, she sees the future of the organization including liquid soap collection and recycling.
Eurofragance has contributed immensely to Soap Cycling Singapore’s recent development, and that’s just the start. We are going to continue to support this organization so that more projects can be undertaken and developed, and even more people can be helped.
EcoVadis is an international CSR and sustainability ranking operating across 155 countries. It is a globally recognized solution for monitoring sustainability in global supply chains.
Eurofragance has ranked among the top 22% of companies participating in the EcoVadis assessment in our sector. This was our first time being part of the evaluation and we are pleased to announce that we earned a prestigious silver rating.
Laurent Mercier, CEO of Eurofragance, said: “This is a real milestone for Eurofragance. Participating in the EcoVadis assessment for the first time was an eye-opening experience for many of our people. Not only was our performance ranked high against other companies in the sector but we were also provided with feedback on how to improve each of our practices. We’re proud to share this silver rating with our team, partners, and community because it highlights our commitment to sustainability now and in the future.”
Our performance was evaluated against 21 criteria across four categories – ethics, sustainable procurement practices, environment, and labor & human rights. Here are some of our highlights:
- We have extremely strong and thorough ethical policies that are inclusive and responsive to our employees’ needs, including detailed procedures on how to swiftly handle complaints. In this category, we ranked among the top 18% of companies in our sector.
- Our investment in green energy and company-wide recycling programs has strengthened our environmental sustainability score, averaging a score of 60 points out of 100.
- Employees at Eurofragance enjoy many benefits and protections that encourage a work-life balance, such as high standards of health and safety, private health insurance, and kindergarten services for young children.
These are just some of our strengths that were highlighted in the EcoVadis 2019 assessment. We are thrilled with our silver rating and are more motivated than ever to continue improving our practices across the board and work towards a higher rating in 2020 (and beyond!)
All of us at Eurofragance would like to wish our team, customers, partners, and affiliates in Asia a warm and happy Chinese new year! As we usher in the start of the year of the rat, we would like to share some exciting updates in the region with the world.
With 2020, a new opportunity to activate new energies emerges, and, as astrologers say, this year is expected to be about progression and starting a new project with great strength.
So, our new project is… drumroll… China! In August last year, we created our new entity in China. Our presence in Asia has now been strengthened by this decision and we will be working with a trusted local manufacturing partner to get things off the ground.
We are looking forward to working with a new (growing) team to keep the production local. This way, we can be fast and agile in delivering our products to new clients. We’re also open to domestic partnerships!
This new Chinese year is great for improving ongoing projects. We currently have a small presence in Shanghai, and we are hoping to continue growing as 2020 gets underway. Next, we will be turning our attention to all things sales!.
So, what does the year of the rat have in store for Eurofragance? Simply, it presents us with the chance to seize every opportunity that comes our way to grow our team and presence in China and capitalize on our momentum.
We will be reaching out to customers and scaling our business very proactively. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to reach new milestones.
The same smell, the same bottle, the same size… we all have one perfume that we consider OUR perfume. The one we always wear to work, to meet our friends and the one we always have a bottle of in our cupboard. So, for how long have you been using it?
There are several reasons why women and men use the same fragrance for years, as it is not easy to select the fragrance with which you feel comfortable, attractive, happy, fresh, elegant with. So, once you have found “your signature essence”, it is difficult to change. Perhaps, you alternate it with others for special occasions, but there is always one of them that will always represent you.
However, as there are many people that stick to a perfume, they wear their entire lives, there are others that change their perfume as often as they change socks. For the most part it comes down to personal preference, but we want to mention some other factors to consider.
It is important for you to know that trying a new perfume does not mean leaving aside a brand that you love but opening the door to other fragrances that can accompany you on specific occasions.
Olfactory taste change, because smell is modified throughout our existence, and this evolution is completely linked to our affective life. On average, there is a change on the olfactory change every three years, and maybe, the perfume that excited you yesterday, today almost repels you.
Nevertheless, it is not always your taste that’s changed. Sometimes perfumer reformulate their scents by swapping out ingredients. Then, if your favorite perfume just doesn’t smell like it used to, maybe it’s time to try something else.
Smell is the only one of our senses that sends messages to a brain region that regulates the primitive pulsations of hunger, thirst, etc. That is why fragrances unconsciously affect all our emotional behavior. Life experiences, memories, the passage of time… they all produce an evolution in you. This evolution can be projected through a perfume as a means of communication. For this reason, your choice in perfume can change. Maybe now you feel more identified with a different perfume than when you were 10 years younger.
There are many elements with which you can strengthen your natural beauty. For example, fashion and makeup. But what about perfume? You should think of it as an accessory. A scent can send a message or create a mood. The simple gesture of putting a few drops of your favorite cologne can elevate your mood when you have a bad day.
The perfume industry is always evolving and producing new creations. That is, with new fragrances arising, you will sadly not be able to discover if you are always faithful to the same perfume. So, why not trying out new perfumes? Changing your perfume just to try something new isn’t a bad idea.
Choice a perfume that you feel comfortable with and makes you feel happy!
There are many myths surrounding the use of perfumes and fragrances in summer times: citrus scents are better, they should not be applied on skin, etc. However, the secret for the perfume to last on the skin in the summer season is only in its good application and in a previous preparation of the skin so that the fragrance lasts longer.
The skin should always be well hydrated, but even more in summer. One of the best moments to put perfume on the skin is after sun bathing, as thanks to the steam, the pores are open and the fragrance can penetrate better. Moreover, nowadays, there are many perfumes that have their cream version with the same scent which you can use to keep a more intense and longer smell.
Fear of photo-sensitization causes some to perfume clothes instead of skin. But be careful, because fabrics such as silk or linen can be ruined. Some recommend vaporizing the hair; however, perfume has alcohol and in the long run dries the hair and skin of the head, which makes hair ugly and with dandruff.
So where is best to apply the perfume? It is recommended to apply it in the neck and chest, on a daily basis. Yet, perfuming the head or scalp helps, but it’s advised only for special events. About the distance, the further it is applied; better distribution you’ll get. So, apply your perfume 10 centimeters away for a guaranteed and long-lasting smell.
Summer is a territory of citrus, fruit and floral scents. These perfumes give the feeling of air or breeze that one wants to fight the heat. The smell of grass, sea or lemon, for example, are smells that are in nature, and they are usually much more refreshing and suitable for hot days. For a day at the beach, coconut and pineapple aromas are the best, as they remind of tropical climates and relaxing on summer days, or perfumes based on jasmine, lavender, roses and other combinations with floral notes for a special summer night.