Have you ever heard of “soapberries” or “soapnuts” before? If not, it’s about time! These amazing fruits of the soapberry tree have wonderful benefits to offer for sustainable and healthy living. If you are looking for a natural way to wash your clothes, dishes or even your hair without chemical and unnatural products soapberries are an extremely versatile and option to look into! But the areas of application even go beyond that. Soapberries are a 100% vegan, natural, biodegradable and environmental friendly alternative to chemicals used in most of our day to day products. And not just that, the trees are also helping to reduce CO2, produce oxygen and thus help battle climate change.
This magical lychee related fruit is very rich in saponin which is a natural surfactant. It has a huge field of application – It can be used in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, toiletries, cleaning and personal care industry. It can replace chemical detergents that are very harmful to the environment and health. But not just that – the antioxidant activities of saponin is found to have anti-aging effects, reduces the risk of cancer and can reduce the likelihood of heart disease.
Together with communities of the Gorkha and Nuwakot district, we have planted more than 3500 soapberry trees. With this project we implement Soapberries planting through educating, motivating and encouraging these rural communities. We are facilitating and providing materials and organizing training to teach sustainable and environmental, economic and social impact on the plantations.
Through this project we ensure sustainable supply chains of soapberries in the future, combat climate change and air pollution, help control soil erosion and landslides, create jobs for local communities and have a positive impact on a healthy lifestyle and the future of our planet.