Swapping for Poverty Relief Reduces Landfill

Swapping for Poverty Relief Reduces Landfill

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Organics for Poverty is urging people to make conscious fashion choices by swapping instead of dumping clothes and adding to the 500,000 tonnes of annual textile landfill*.

On October 6, Organics for Poverty is holding its inaugural women's fashion swap for poverty relief at the Spring Hill Hall and are inviting people to bring five items of clothes they once loved to swap for a fresh wardrobe.

According to Organic for Poverty’s director, Mandy Plumb, the philanthropic company’s philosophy is to ‘be kind’.

“By swapping clothes instead of throwing them out, you’re being kind to the environment while being kind to yourself; but you’re also being kind to those less fortunate because all proceeds are going to a children’s home in Myanmar,” Mandy said.

“It’s the perfect time of year to spring clean your wardrobe and it’s only $10 to participate, which means you get five (new) fashion items for just $2 each!

“We’ve already received clothing drop-offs and have a huge range of fashionable clothes from vintage to brand new clothes that still have the tag attached.

“Some of the labels so far include Zara, H&M, Guess, and Cue, just to name a few!”

The Swing Set jazz band will be adding to the fun atmosphere on the day with live music. For more details about the event and to book tickets, visit their event page


*Australian Bureau of Statistics 

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Organic Soap Nuts FAQs

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What is a soap nut?
Contrary to the name, soap nuts (or soap berries) are actually stone fruit from a tree called sapindus mukorossi. Organics for Poverty's organic soap nuts are the dried fruit from these trees and the seeds have been removed. The leftover outer casings contain saponin, which is a natural detergent that is released from the soap nut when agitated in water.

Are soap nuts effective in cold water?
Soap nuts work well in cold water laundry washes. The saponin is released slower in cold water, allowing for more wash loads. By using less water and power, you’ll save more money.

Why are my towels and clothes so soft and fluffy after washing them with soap nuts?
Organics for Poverty's organic soap nuts are a laundry detergent and fabric softener in one. Regular fabric softeners deposit waxy residue on fabric, affecting the ability to wick or absorb moisture. The natural cleaning agent in our organic soap nuts, saponin, works differently by opening up fibres, keeping them absorbent so they feel softer and fluffier. There is no leftover residue with soap nuts.

How can I get the most wash loads out of my soap nuts?
Don’t overcrowd your washing machine, and keep in mind the hotter the water temperature used, the less you’ll be able to reuse the same soap nuts. This is because more saponin is released in warm and hot water washes.

In which type of washing machine do soap nuts work best?
Soap nuts can be used in both front load and top load washing machines.

How do I know when the soap nuts are used up?
It’s time to use new soap nuts when the old ones have disintegrated. They’ll be falling apart and, if dry, they may also break apart or crumble when you squeeze them. Also, the faint fruity smell will be absent. When they’ve disintegrated and there’s no more fruity smell, you can put the used soap nuts in the compost.

Do soap nuts have a smell?
Soap nuts have a faint fruity smell after they’ve been wet the first time. However, the smell is so faint, your clothes and other laundry will not have any fragrance. One way to tell when your soap nuts no longer have any saponin left in them is when their fruity smell has disappeared.

What does it mean if my soap nuts are sticky?
If your soap nuts are dark and sticky, it usually means they’ve been exposed to humidity. They can still be used to wash your laundry. We recommend storing your soap nuts in an airtight container in a cool dry place.

Why can’t I see a lot of suds?
Soap nuts are a natural, low-suds cleaner. Unlike commercial soaps, that have chemicals and artificial foaming agents, soap nuts do not produce a lot of bubbles or foam. While commercial detergents and soap brands have marketed heavily on lots of bubbles and foam, this is not an indicator of cleaning power. There are no added dyes, fillers, or chemicals in Organics for Poverty's organic soap nuts to create lots of foamy suds and bubbles, but the cleaning power is excellent.

Can I use soap nuts if I have a septic tank?
Organics for Poverty's organic soap nuts are environmentally friendly and are great for septic and greywater systems.

Can I still use the soap nuts if I accidentally put them in the dryer?
Yes. They will look different and might be a little rubbery, but they should still be fine to use in your laundry wash.

Click here to buy your organic soap nuts.

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WIN Certified Organic Makeup Worth Over $270!

WIN Certified Organic Makeup Worth Over $270!

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Would you like to win a certified organic professional makeup pack worth over $270? 
Here's how to enter in two easy steps:

  1. Like Organic for Poverty’s Facebook page.
  2. Post your comment on this Facebook post about why you choose organic products.


Terms and conditions

1. Information on how to enter forms part of the terms of entry. Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.
2. The Promotion is a game of skill, and chance plays no part in determining the winners.
3. Entry is open to residents of Australia only.
4. A winner will be selected at 5:30pm Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The winner will be contacted by Organics for Poverty to arrange for delivery of the prize.
5. To enter, participants must ‘like’ Organic for Poverty’s Facebook page and comment on the nominated post published on Facebook. Comments submitted elsewhere, including on Instagram, will not be counted as an entry.
6. Commenting on the Facebook post forms an entry to the competition. By commenting on the post, a user thereby accepts the terms and conditions laid out within.
7. Incomprehensible and incomplete entries will be deemed invalid.
8. Entrants in the competition may only enter once.
9. The Promoter reserves the right to request winners to provide proof of identity; proof of residency at the nominated prize delivery address and/or proof of entry validity in order to claim a prize. Proof of identification, residency and entry considered suitable for verification is at the discretion of the Promoter. In the event that a winner cannot provide suitable proof, the winner will forfeit the prize in whole and no substitute will be offered.
10. The Promoter reserves the right to verify the validity of entries and to disqualify any entry which, in the opinion of the Promoter, includes objectionable content, profanity, potentially insulting, inflammatory or defamatory statements, disqualify any entrant who tampers with the entry process, who submits an entry that is not in accordance with these terms and conditions of entry or who has, in the opinion of the Promoter, engaged in conduct in entering the promotion which is fraudulent, misleading, deceptive or generally damaging to the goodwill or reputation of the promotion and/or the Promoter. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify a winner if the Promoter becomes aware that the winner and/or the winner’s entry is of a type described in this clause.
11. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any late, lost or misdirected entries including delays in the posting of comments due to technical disruptions, network congestion or for any other reason.
12. The cost of entering the competition will be dependent on the entrant’s individual Internet Service Provider.
13. One winner will win the following prize:
a. The prize is a Zuii Organic makeup pack containing one of each of the following:

  • Certified organic flora primer, valued at $34.95
  • Certified organic flora liquid foundation matched to the winner’s skin tone, valued at $44.95
  • Certified organic flora powder foundation (loose or pressed) matched to the winner’s skin tone, valued at $59.95
  • Certified organic flora maxi lash mascara in ‘granite’, valued at $27.95
  • Certified organic flora eyeshadow quad palette in ‘fresh’, valued at $49.50
  • Certified organic flora eyeliner pencil, valued at $24.95
  • Certified organic flora lipstick in ‘cashmere’, valued at $29.95

Total prize pool is $272.20.
14. In consideration for the Promoter awarding the prize to the winner, the winner hereby permits the winner’s words, as recorded, photographed or filmed during the winner’s participation in the prize to appear in connection with The Promoter or the advertising or marketing thereof, in any media whatsoever throughout the world and the winner will not be entitled to any fee for such use.
15. In the event that for any reason whatsoever a winner does not take an element of the prize at the time stipulated by the Promoter then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the winner and cash will not be awarded in lieu of that element of the prize.
16. Each valid entrant will be judged by the Organics for Poverty staff. The judges will select the winning entry, based on the most creative, informative or useful comment, in the context of the selected topic/subject matter.
17. The winner will be requested to email Organics for Poverty a photo of their face in natural light for the purpose of matching foundation colours to the winner’s skin tone.
18. Should an entrant’s Facebook details change during the promotional period, it is the entrant's responsibility to notify the Promoter. A request to access or modify any information provided in an entry should be directed to Promoter.
19. The promoter’s decision is final and the promoter will not enter into correspondence regarding the Competition result or winning entries.
20. It is a condition of accepting the prize that the winner must comply with all the conditions of use of the prize and the prize supplier’s requirements.
21. In the case of the intervention of any outside act, agent or event which prevents or significantly hinders the Promoter’s ability to proceed with the competition on the dates and in the manner described in these terms and conditions, including but not limited to vandalism, power failures, tempests, natural disasters, acts of God, civil unrest, strike, war, act of terrorism, the Promoter may in its absolute discretion cancel the competition and recommence it from the start on the same conditions, subject to any directions given under State Regulation.
22. The Promoter shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any personal injury suffered or sustained in connection with any prize/s except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law. The Promoter is not responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, either caused by the phone user or for any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in this competition, or for any technical error, or any combination thereof that may occur in the course of the administration of this competition including any omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line or telephone, mobile or satellite network failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to or alteration of entries.
23. The Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who the Promoter has reason to believe has breached any of these conditions, or engaged in any unlawful or other improper misconduct calculated to jeopardise the fair and proper conduct of the promotion. The Promoter’s legal rights to recover damages or other compensation from such an offender are reserved.
24. The Promoter and their associated agencies and companies assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to, or alteration of entries, and reserves the right to take any action that may be available.
25. If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, including due to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures or any causes beyond the control of the Promoter, which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this promotion, the Promoter reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, take any action that may be available, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition, subject to any direction given under State Regulation.
26. All entries become the property of the Promoter.
28. The Promoter is Organics for Poverty Ltd, (ABN: 53 618 893 566) of Brisbane, Australia.

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