Here at the Oregon Soap Company, we've dedicated ourselves to leaving the Earth cleaner than we found it. In partnership with Friends Of Trees and Trees for the Future, we have planted over 774,470 trees and other native plants since November 2007. We believe that each worker should be valued, and that our work should support the life's purpose of everyone involved in our business.
It’s a feel-good kind of thing that fills us with gratitude for the work we are able to do, and the lives we live.
Since 1989, Friends of Trees has mobilized thousands of volunteers to plant more than 340,000 trees in the Portland metro area. In addition, according to a recent study by the city of Portland, Portland's trees intercept 25 million pounds of air pollutants each year and a half a billion gallons of storm water, greatly reducing river pollution.
Planting trees with Friends of Trees will not only offset the carbon emissions produced by Oregon Soap Company's daily business operations but also the greenhouse gases produced by the growing and transporting of its raw materials and final product.
Oregon Soap Company Founder Sat Atma Singh, known as Soapman, said, "These days carbon neutral is not enough. If we are to have any chance of recovering from the increasing degradation of our natural environment, which is our life support system, each one of us must very quickly become carbon negative, which is to say, that our actions absorb more green house gases than they generate.
Oregon Soap Company has made over 500,000 bars of soap since its beginning in 1994. The soap is certified organic, made with renewable energy, and the soap's packaging is printed on 100% post-consumer paper. In addition to contributing to Friends of Trees financially, Sat Atma is an Assistant Crew Leader and will guide other volunteers during four planting events each year. His wife Surinder, and Oregon Soap Company employees participate in the plantings as well.
"For many years I have had the dream of creating a nonprofit organization that plants trees and helps to restore wild areas. When I discovered Friends of Trees, I was elated because somebody else had already created it. I look forward to working with Friends of Trees for years to come," says Sat Atma.