Beginning in January 2022, I've started donating 5% of all profits to the National Wildlife Federation.
I chose the National Wildlife Federation because they work to give all Wildlife a voice - and they have a good reputation. Whether it's the honeybees or bison, butterflies or whales, they advocate for them.
As a soap maker, I've learned to be more aware of environmental impacts - including the impact of unethically sourced Palm Oil. As a (newish) gardener, I've learned more about why honeybees (and all pollinators!) are so important. As a human, I've learned a lot in the past several years about the impact we have on the world - and I want to make a difference. When I was looking at charities to donate to, I considered several bee-focused charities, some Chesapeake Bay charities (after all, I live right on the Bay) - ultimately, the NWF has a broader reach and helps foster overall awareness.
In addition to providing monetary donations to the NWF, I regularly support the organization S.A.C.K. - Supporting a Community with Kindness. S.A.C.K. is an organization dedicated to providing soap sacks to those in need. Holder Handmade has donated close to 200 bars of soap in 2022. You can read more about S.A.C.K. here: www.soapsacks.com
I donate soap shavings and scraps to Eco-Soap Bank, where they are rebatched into soaps for children across the world. You can learn more about Eco-Soap Bank here: www.ecosoapbank.org
Overall, while I am just one small soap maker and a tiny handmade business, I believe the if we each do small things and act with kindness we can make a difference. I'm committed to making the small difference that I can through a variety of avenues.