Dr Bronner’s makes a stand for ‘true’ natural and organic products
Passion for what you do normally stops for most at talk rather than action, but the team at Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps in the US have recognised that taking bold and direct action, occasionally even taking HUGE risks, is sometimes needed to make a difference for the benefit of the ‘greater good’.
1. Making a stand (in a cage!)
In 2011, David Bronner The president of Dr Bronner’s magic soaps locked himself up in a 64-square-foot steel cage and pitched up outside The White House in an act of civil disobedience to support the use of locally sourced hemp in beauty products and to make the statement that U.S. farmers should be allowed to grow industiral hemp. David was then arrested by the Washington police and released on traffic violation.
Watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsiLLqZUnmQ
2. Harvest a better future
In an attempt to show the world, and President Obama, that hemp was not actually a drug, David Bronner and a group of farmers dug up the lawn in front of the Drug Enforcement Administration to plant hemp seeds. The group were caught in action and arrested, but their message was clear.
Watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGkDovjAl6Y
3. Challenge brands and industries making misleading labelling claims
In the US for the past 6 years, Dr Bronner’s has been taking legal action against 13 personal care companies for falsely using the label ‘organic’ on their products. Moreover, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps has donated millions into
campaigns in the U.S. to label GMO foods. The company is campaigning to require companies to label genetically modified foods, in order to make consumers aware of the quality of the products they buy.
Watch the video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm95vooWxx0
4. Break the Royal Protocol
Ariel Vegosen, a representative of Dr Bronner’s US team, was brave enough to break into what generally is a really tight schedule in order to reach the Prince of Wales, Charles, when he was visiting India. Ariel managed to meet Prince Charles and tell him about the Dr Bronner’s and what they stand for, this helps to raise awareness of new sustainability plans and fair trade in order to create a better future for the world.
The Background of Dr Bronners:
Dr Emanuel Bronner was a third generational soap maker who spent his life renouncing hate and war on a personal mission to unite mankind. His strong views and lectures landed him in a mental asylum in Chicago, but eight months later in 1948, Bronner escaped and continued with his message in California. During this time, he also began making peppermint liquid soap under the ‘Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps’ brand. He gave away soap during his talks but soon realized people were taking it without listening to him speak. As a result, he started writing his philosophy on the bottle in tiny script, which is still used on Bronner’s packaging today.
About Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap
Dr Bronner’s takes its organic credentials very seriously unlike many “natural” body care companies who masquerade their synthetically derived ingredients by using floral water as the main natural ingredient, while the functional ingredients are petrochemical derived and thus non-sustainable.
The 100% Pure Castile Soap recipe used in Dr. Bronner’s soap is a simple, ecological, vegetable based formulation, named after the Castile region of Spain where olive oil soaps where invented long ago. The high foaming lather of the soap is from its high coconut oil content, which makes a more luxurious and rich lather compared to any detergent formulation commonly found even in “natural stores.”
Dr. Bronner’s superfat their soaps with organic hemp and jojoba oils for a milder, smoother lather and use natural plant-derived vitamin E and citric acid to protect freshness. Apart from flavouring organic essential oils such peppermint, the base soap ingredients are Water, Saponified Organic Coconut*, Organic Palm* and Organic Olive* Oils (w/Retained Glycerin), Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Essential Oils**, Citric Acid, Vitamin E.
Dr Bronner’s products are available in the UK nationwide including selected Waitrose stores, Top shop, ASOS, Liberty and leading health shops including Planet Organic and Whole Foods. For nearest stockist visit www.kinetic4health.co.uk or telephone 0845 072 5825.
It is also available on the UK website: www.drbronner.co.uk