An Australian business has developed an innovative way to combat both the environmental and coronavirus crisis with just one ingenious product.
Through the basic act of hand-washing - an obsession many have developed since the COVID-19 outbreak - Australians can significantly reduce their carbon footprint while maintaining exquisite hygiene.
By dropping a small tablet into a reusable bottle where it transforms into liquid soap, company Single Use Aint Sexy claims up to 25 single-use plastic bottles are saved, per person, from going into landfill each year.
Company founder Josh Howard, 31, said the launch of the product was brought forward due to the coronavirus pandemic to provide a sustainable option to complement people’s new found hand washing focus.
“We thought we could help by being a solution to the health and environmental crisis. I want to create really accessible, affordable ways for people to stay safe,” Mr Howard told Yahoo News Australia.
By shipping just the dissolvable hand soap tablets and reusable bottles, the company avoided wasting thousands of litres of water - the main ingredient in traditional hand soaps.
“The whole idea is that it’s minimising the impact on the environment because there’s no massive supply chain, and it’s also leveraging a resource that you’ve got at home - water,” Mr Howard said.
Foaming hand soap created from an effervescent tablet has yet to be produced by another company in Australia, but was available in some areas overseas.
While all of the company’s reusable bottles were currently produced in Australia, it is working to soon have the tablets also manufactured locally.
The company has also pledged to donate five per cent of its profits to healthcare workers on the frontline battling coronavirus.
“I felt like it was the right thing to do to help out the people who are helping us. These people are putting themselves at risk for our benefit, so the least we could do was be really community minded,” Mr Howard said.
Each bottle amounts to 200ml of soap and can cost just $3.80 per bottle of solution, lasting the same amount of time as a regular bottle of hand soap.
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