BubbleNut Wash: soapnut-based homecare products for a sustainable world

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Year the ngo or company was founded 2015
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BubbleNut Wash is a social enterprise that produces natural detergents made of soapnuts (Sapindaceae berry). With the rapid pace of industrialization in the last twenty years, excessive exposure to chemicals has become a way of life leading to negative environmental consequences, rivers and ocean pollution and land degradation. BubbleNut Wash provides a natural alternative that can replace chemical-intensive products from our lifestyle thus decreasing the amount of harmful chemicals released into the environment. In doing so, it also seeks to create income streams for communities living in and around forest areas in India, preventing deforestation by offering a more sustainable source of income. We have developed a range of soapnut-based products, that benefit from the exceptional cleaning properties of a Sapindaceae berry- commonly known as a soapnut - that grows in the Himalayas and forests in peninsular India. High saponin content in soapnuts makes them a natural detergent that has been used by the natives of the Himalayas for millennia. They are gentle on the clothes and skin, and are also known to have healing properties. Soapnut trees do not require organized plantations, they grow in abundance among other trees in wild forests. There are places where soapnuts are simply left to rot in the absence of market linkage. We sustainably collect pure and organic soapnuts in order to use them in replacing harmful chemicals associated with conventional detergents.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

We sustainably produce natural detergents made of soapnuts (Sapindaceae berry) that provide a natural alternative to chemical-intensive products, thus decreasing the amount of harmful chemicals released into the environment and enabling the reuse of "grey water". We also create income streams for communities living in and around forest areas in India, preventing deforestation by offering a more sustainable source of income. The environmental problem and our solution: High saponine content in soapnuts makes them a natural detergent that has been used by the natives of the Himalayas for millennia. We have built three women coops, with 36 members in the Himalayas, who sustainably collect pure and organic soapnuts. Every packet of BubbleNut Wash is a step toward to a cleaner planet.

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Sustainability and future plans

Our business is sustainable because soapnuts naturally grow in abundance, there is a high labour availability in these areas and the demand for chemical free house products is steadily growing in the UK . We have full control of our supply and production chain. As a social enterprise, we guarantee fair prices to the women coops upfront, that enables them to plan their household in advance. In a province where 7 million people live below the poverty line, our coops effectively double the annual income of our workers, enabling them to feed their families through the lean periods. Moreover, by helping local communities to get a sustainable income from the soapnuts, our social enterprise prevents the trees from being cut and sold as wood during the low farming season. We are currently selling around 1000 units a month in India at $ 2.00 per pack, this enables BubbleNut Wash India to already break even and to finance the operations on the ground. After a thorough UK market research we have decided to target the UK premium market, and while we have build a strong community of followers who are buying our product online at £ 7.00 per pack, we need to raise investments in order to enter supermarkets. With conservative estimates of the cost per unit and reasonable investments in marketing and other associated cost we should be able to break even in year 3. As such, our pricing strategy is build upon the financial sustainability that we already achieved in the Indian market. The experience gained in the Indian market allows us to have strong evidence that we can achieve financial sustainability in 2 years.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

I am a social environmental scientist specialised in communication for sustainable development. I hold a Masters in Media and International Development from the University of East Anglia, a postgraduate degree in International Development from Pompeu Fabra University and a bachelors degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Barcelona. I am a co-founder of a sustainable development NGO called Permact (www.permact.org) and co-creator of www.bubblenutwash.com. I have worked in research and communications in the environmental and development fields for five years in both the public and private sector.

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Comments

September 1, 2017 05:01

Dear Resiliant Entrepreneur,

It's the end of the competition, I want to urge you to not leave this community without the contact (email especially) of as many other entrepreneurs on this platform. You never can tell what your further conversations may produce.

It's the power of networking and leverage I'm talking about...
Here's my email [email protected] looking forward to hearing from you.

Regards
Seth

August 31, 2017 23:47

Bye fellow entrepreneur:
As I say good buy, I must say it has been an astounding time reading so many great entries.
I went through the details of your idea and was indeed very impressed. Would you be kind enough to please explain to me as how you got this idea? Equally importantly, who were (are) the people who inspired you for you to come up with this idea.
Take care and all the very best!
Shuhra

August 31, 2017 22:27

Hello fellow passenger,

You might have heard the famous song "What I've done" by Linkin park. The lyrics have been beautifully carved by the late singer Chester Bennington. The song covers the ways in which our so called development has helped only a handful of the upper society members, whereas people are still living in poverty.

We have a great platform here which is urging super brains from around the world to come together and collaborate with their ideas and help make this world a better place to live in. You have been a part of this community and I congratulate you on your effort that you have put in.

Thanks once again and all the best for the future
Regards,
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 22:00

Hello my fellow traveler, How are you feeling as our road ends temporarily?
I have just seen your entry and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
I would like to be in touch with you,
Cheers from Kabul.
Shuhra

August 31, 2017 20:52

Comrades,
In this fight for a sustainable future, what we need is innovation; something which is not necessarily new, but which makes us look at things from a different angle.

I believe this is one of the major motives of this community which we are a part of. Taking one step together hand in hand towards our goal is the only way we can achieve it.

So I wish you the very best in this endeavour of yours and hope to see you together in the new tomorrow

Regards,
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 18:53

Yes, it was a wonderful journey !
a. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal?
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
c. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
Thank You !
Truly, Shuhra K, Afghanistan

August 31, 2017 18:05

I SEND MY THANK YOU FROM KABUL!
WHAT A JOURNEY AND WHAT A PROPOSALTHE SIMPLICITY OF YOUR IDEA WAS JUST TOO GOOD. WHAT ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO SEE MY PROPOSAL? IT IS CALLED EDU-CELL TO HELP THE SCHOOL EDUCATION IN AFGHANISTAN. INTERESTED? CLICK AND DOUBLE CLICK!!
SIGNIING OFF, SHUHRA

August 31, 2017 17:36

Thank You my dear!
Three thoughts come to my mind as we end:
(a) Will we be in touch?
(b) It is a small and beautiful world
(c) All the best
Bye for now!
S. Koofi, Kabul

August 31, 2017 16:59

THANK YOU!
THANK YOU FOR READING MY PROPOSAL. I HAVE READ AND EVALUATED YOUR INITIATIVE AND I CANNOT BUT HELP GIVING IT MY HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS. HOW DID YOU MANAGE TO THINK OF SUCH A WONDERFUL IDEA, I WONDER?
ONCE GAIN A BIG THANK YOU FROM MY SIDE.
SK

August 31, 2017 03:44

Hello,

This entrepreneurship-campus platform has been amazing it has enabled us to see all the enthusiasts and to share our passion and experiences to learn from each other. Good luck with your work and wishing you all the success on your journey. Please try to keep in touch; this is important to me as I find this inspirational.

I appreciate all your votes, valuable feedback, advice, and suggestions. For me it has helped me to improve my ideas and also helps me to win and learn from the ideas that you have given me.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kindest regards

August 31, 2017 00:32

What a proposal! I am truly amazed.
So many good thoughts including yours. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal? And on a different note, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Take care!
Shuhra (Kabul) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 30, 2017 22:31

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Greetings from Afghanistan!
Awesone. Fantastic. Relevant. These are the three words that came to my mind when I read your proposal. Congratulations. If you get a moment, would you be kind enough to read my proposal (IDEAS) called EDU-CELL from Afghanistan? And if you do manage to read it, would you be kind enough to vote if you like the IDEA? And if I am not asking too much, please forward the link to your friends and family.
Thanks in anticipation!
Shuhra K

August 30, 2017 21:21

Hello fellow traveler!
I must say that I found your idea truly inspiring. I would like to know more about it? Do you think you can give me more details about your proposal so I can understand it more and give ffedbakc as well as evaluate if it can be done in my country?
I would also like to request you to please my IDEA called EDU-CELL. DO you think it is relevant in your country. If yes, let me know. I can even help in establishing it in your place during the course of this year!
Have a great day
SHUHRA

August 30, 2017 20:38

Hello my friend,
May I entreat you to read my entry EDU CELL. I have read your and must say it is fantastic. How did you come up with the idea, I wonder? Who helped you?
Bye for now,
Shuhra.

August 30, 2017 19:46

What a proposal! I am truly amazed.
So many good thoughts including yours. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal? And on a different note, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Take care!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 30, 2017 18:29

Looking forward!Yes, you can!
a. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
All the best for this competition!
Sincerely, Shuhra K, Afghanistan
S. Koofi, Kabul

August 29, 2017 16:18

Hello everyone,

Now we are reaching the end of the competition. I want to thank everyone who have been voting and commenting on my ideas and interest in helping support GU.

As all of you said, a visual universal language is needed for this continuously developing society. I am trying my best to launch my Gadaa Universe with the help of you and your constructive comments. We will do whatever it takes to exceed your expectations.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kind regards

August 28, 2017 20:08

Hello,
Being a part of India's well-known Entrepreneurship Cell of the most prestigious engineering college in India, I have interacted with many startup enthusiasts, have got to know how they think and what are some qualities that set them apart from the ones who are not able to see their idea through. Reading through your idea, I have realised that your idea has that spark which can help it become a successful venture. Coupled with its aim to help the society achieve its goals sustainably, your idea can be something quite helpful for the same.

But before it's implementation, you need to do a "premortem" check on how it can fail. This would prepare you for any uncalled-for circumstances and help you prepare for them accordingly.

Lastly, I would like you to have a look at our idea, GreenSpace, and share your views about the same.

Regards,
Team GreenSpace.

August 28, 2017 15:54

Greetings Dear Colleague ,

Thank you for being a part of that great event , it was a great nice Journey , but the best thing of it is meeting good friends like you , I hope every one of you achieve his dreams.
thanks again & best wishes for you all.

your brother Ahmed

August 28, 2017 13:00

Hello My Friend!

Thank you for being here all this while. Your dreams are valid and your project is very viable. Keep thriving and best will keep coming your way.

Best of Luck.

August 27, 2017 17:59

Hello dear members of the entrepreneurship community,

I hope you will join us too and learn the GU universal communication system and the Gadaa system practices when the platform and the system implementations are complete and fully ready for use. This work is still under development. I will let you know once it is finished.

Please keep your constructive comments. Your feedback is important! Many thanks to all contributors!

Thank you for supporting GU project. We will notify you as soon as the platform is live.

Best of Luck!

August 26, 2017 21:07

Hello,

To all the people who are asking how to join once the GU platform goes live, all you need to do is to create a free account. Please keep an eye out on the website and my social media pages at: http://gadaauniverse.com/

Kind regards

August 26, 2017 18:34

Dear Champion,

It takes just one idea/project to transform the world. As you keep working hard towards your dreams and to add your quota in the improvement of the world, I wish you the best of luck.

Remain Lifted!

August 26, 2017 18:34

Dear Champion,

It takes just one idea/project to transform the world. As you keep working hard towards your dreams and to add your quota in the improvement of the world, I wish you the best of luck.

Remain Lifted!

August 26, 2017 18:33

Dear Champion,

It takes just one idea/project to transform the world. As you keep working hard towards your dreams and to add your quota in the improvement of the world, I wish you the best of luck.

Remain Lifted!

August 26, 2017 17:06

Hello Great Mind!

Thank you for your support to AfricEnergy so far. I appreciate your kind words, positive remarks and contribution on my idea. As you continue to progress in your quest for the improvement of the World, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of luck!

August 25, 2017 19:01

Hello Champion!

Did you miss Today's (Friday) Inspiration from YCEC? Here it is; "Change your thoughts and you change the World" - Norman Vincent Peale.

Your project is valid, so are your thoughts. Keeping improving and progressing.

Best of Luck!

August 24, 2017 17:38

Dear community member,

As the competition deadline is approaching near, we would like some feedback regarding our idea, some ways by which we can tweak it and make it a little better and ready for future execution.
(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5961/comments)

Please vote and support our idea.

Thank you in advance.
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 18:43

Hi,
After going through your project, I firmly believe that with good management and excellent execution, this project will help the society grow in a sustainable manner. This would have various positive effects on the environment and also the society in general.

I wish you the best for the same.

I would really appreciate if you could go through my idea as well(follow this link https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org Our idea deals with covering an otherwise unused rooftop of a building with green plants and using that space for a multitude of activities.

Thank you
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 11:54

Hi,
Thank you if you have already commented my idea Path To Knowledge. If not, I invite you kindly to do it at: https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/12/5633/ I would really appreciate your opinion.
Best regards,
Andrei

August 23, 2017 09:05

An Awesome Day to You, Dear Campus Colleague,

Cheeking through your Project and seeing it progress in this competition leaves me motivated and inspired that with us, our planet will become better and flourish in goodness and development desired by every human being with dreams and aspirations. To keep you moving and staying on in face of challenges as growing Entrepreneurs, it is my pleasure to share this link with you, "7 MOVIES Every Entrepreneur Should Watch", copy and paste this link to view; youtube.com/watch?v=s3x-_yRRUrk

All the best to you in you Idea!

Cheers
Anita Mbah.

August 23, 2017 08:52

Hii,

your project is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck
Regards

August 23, 2017 08:52

Hii,

your project is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck
Regards

August 23, 2017 08:52

Hii,

your project is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck
Regards

August 22, 2017 21:40

Greetings, Dear Entrepreneurial Colleague

We are few steps to the announcement day. I want to use this medium to appreciate your effort, progress so far and support to my idea. Never relent, keep pushing and I wish you success, all the way.

You may enjoy this article on "How to Segment a Market" for your project/business: copy ad paste this address into your browser: wikihow.com/Segment-a-Market

Best of Luck!

August 22, 2017 04:32

The product seems to be nice and environmental friendly, these products have future . we need chemical free products for better health and environment.This is a very impressive idea and it will surely be beneficial for all.It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts and for your project.

August 21, 2017 17:53

Thank you Champion!

Having you around is very encouraging and wonderful. I wish you success on your journey and you should always expect the best coming your way.

You may like to see my idea, AfricEnergy, for comments and support.

Cheers.

August 20, 2017 15:41

Hello,

I invite you kindly to please read and give some suggestions or comment my idea GadaaUniverse[GU]-Gadaa Universal Communication System and GU-Fair.

Thanks in advance for your votes and comment. I really appreciate your contribution and would be glad to hear your advice and opinion.

Good luck with your project!

Kind regards,

Firanbek Robele

August 19, 2017 10:53

Hello,
I invite you kindly to comment my idea Path To Knowledge. I would be glad to hear your advice. I have written this message after I commented almost all ideas and projects and probably yours too. I am deeply sorry if this message bothered you, but everyone on this platform wants to go to the finals with his/her idea and makes all it is possible to get there. Maybe not all the actions are fair. Some participants copy the same meaningless message and paste it to all ideas. I just do marketing. Again, I am sorry if this message disturbed you.
Kindest regards,
Andrei

August 18, 2017 08:42

Hello Christina!

Your project is quite interesting and impressive, it tends to promote cleaner and safe environment. Congratulations for your efforts!

I wish you success and you can stop by on my idea to add your contribution.

Best of luck!

August 11, 2017 13:00

Indeed, it is a great project and I am glad that you made use of the nature in a way that not many people would think about. Keep working on this project and I wish you good luck.
Regards,
Andrei

August 11, 2017 05:55

Great Project. I want to invite you to vote for my project and comment if you want it.
Thanks and good luck

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/14/7257/

June 27, 2017 09:15

Wow
Really interesting and awesome. Keep it up. You are working towards better and cleaner planet. Hope you will market your product in Afghanistan too.

Good luck
Regards

May 24, 2017 08:39

Thanks Ahmed! :D We do believe so as well! It might be hard to enter the UK market when big brands with more money on marketing are there but we really believe in our product and company!

Cheers!!

May 23, 2017 13:42

greetings Cristina ,

this is great project , it\'s nice Environmental friendly product , and that is very good for society , I think it's good for children and allergic people as well.

best wishes :)

May 17, 2017 16:52

Thank you very much COASS, Elena and Xen. It is great to have good feedback and thoughts!! :D
We are really looking forward to make things happe! We believe the "north" can help the "south" by promoting its economic development :)

May 17, 2017 16:49

Thank you very much COASS, Elena and Xen. It is great to have good feedback and thoughts!! :D
We are really looking forward to make things happe! We believe the "north" can help the "south" by promoting its economic development :)

Best wishes!

May 17, 2017 16:48

Thank you very much COASS, Elena and Xen. It is great to have good feedback and thoughts!! :D
We are really looking forward to make things happe! We believe the "north" can help the "south" by promoting its economic development :)

May 17, 2017 16:48

Thank you very much COASS, Elena and Xen. It is great to have good feedback and thoughts!! :D
We are really looking forward to make things happe! We believe the "north" can help the "south" by promoting its economic development :)

May 17, 2017 16:07

Hi,
You're doing a great job in helping the people. The pictures are lovely and your work is amazing.

Keep your spirit to help each other!

All The Best!

Elena

May 15, 2017 23:54

Really like this initiative! I love all the fair-trade products, and this is just such a useful product! Good job on starting it! I would totally buy it, when you will start selling!

Xen

May 15, 2017 23:21

Looks an really good product, both helping communities in India and prodividing and alternative porduct to Uk consumers. Looking forward trying it :) Good job Cristina

May 14, 2017 16:27

Namaste!
Greetings from India,

This product is a great solution for a sustainable world. I have a similar plan for cosmetics evolution and maybe we can partner on it.
I have a question -
What response have you received from your customers and the public in general?

May 10, 2017 23:53

Hi Cristina,

Wow, that's great news for your company. I like that you have already established yourselves in India before trying to enter new markets. All the best with reaching UK!

Cheers
Yoke

May 10, 2017 22:08

Thank you very much Yoke! Really good questions! We are well established in India and thanks awards we won we managed to get good support from start-up advisors! So we are not investing much money in entering the market per se, we are investing a lot of time though! We recently won a 5.000 UK pound award that is really going to help us with marketing, the most challenging bit so far. Entering the UK supermarkets can be hard but we have a couple of contacts already!

Please feel free to follow us on social media and promote us if yo believe in us! :D hehe! Thanks again!

April 29, 2017 23:07

Hi Christina,

Interesting product, and good luck with your plans for expansion! Just wondering, how much investment will you need to enter supermarkets in the UK? How many more workers and coops will you need? Also, have you already approached supermarkets? How have they responded so far?

Thanks! Look forward to learning more from your enterprise.

Cheers
Yoke