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Local Limelight: Weeklyish Articles Of Interest

Oregon Soap Company Cleans Up Internationally

The global economy may be limping along but Portland’s Oregon Soap Company is expanding and has become an international brand.

The company recently shipped 5,000 bottles of foaming hand soap to a new distributor in Japan, adding to the list of countries where Oregon Soap Company products are sold which already includes Canada, Singapore, Ecuador, and Hong Kong.

The company, founded by struggling musician and music teacher Sat Atma Singh, began by selling soap at Saturday Market in 1993. Since then, production of bar soap has increased to include lines of foaming hand soap and all-purpose liquid castile soap. In order to keep up with demand for both contract manufacturing and Oregon Soap Company products, the company is expanding its production and moving to a larger location in Portland.

The Oregon Soap Company’s international presence does not end with soap. The company has planted one tree or native plant for every ten bars or five gallons of liquid soap sold, resulting in over 17,000 native plants and trees planted since 2007. Oregon Soap Company sponsors plantings throughout Central America, India, and in the Portland area by partnering with Portland’s own Friends of Trees, and Trees for the Future, an international non profit tree planting organization.

The only “USDA Certified Organic” soap produced in the Pacific NW, Oregon Soap Company products are available at New Seasons Markets, Whole Foods, Seattle’s PCC Natural Markets, and in various natural food retailers in the Northwest and beyond. To learn more about the company, visit www.oregonsoapcompany.com.  Save 15% with coupon code "greenposting" for Oregon Soap Company web orders.

 

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