Beyond Organic, Beyond Fair Trade Dr. Bronner’s helped set up its sister company Serendipol in Sri Lanka in 2007—and it has since become the world’s foremost supplier of fair trade and organic coconut oil. Serendipol works with more than 1,200 farmers farming 21,000 acres, employs over 250 workers and professional staff at its factory in Kuliyapitiya, and processes up to 30 million coconuts a year. But these numbers don’t tell the whole story. From the project’s inception, Serendipol staff together with... Continue Reading
Washing pets with Dr. Bronner’s (not just for dogs!) If you haven’t seen Lisa Bronner’s video on how to wash your dog with Dr. Bronner’s, then we recommend you watch that first. Dr. Bronner’s is excellent for cleaning dogs and absolutely safe! But can Dr. Bronner’s be used to clean other pets and animals? The short answer is a resounding yes! Read on for some important pointers. Treating Fleas First, a general word about treating fleas on any animal. Dr.... Continue Reading
Here’s how to make really great popcorn No matter if you’ve got a sweet tooth, or you’re a spice hound, an adventurist, or a purist, there’s a popcorn flavor waiting to meet your personal style. And though there are lots of varieties available on the store shelf, making your own fresh popcorn lets you take charge of the ingredients from start to finish, ensuring both your taste buds and your body are equally happy. Let’s take a look at the... Continue Reading
You’ve thought long and hard about the kind of tattoo you want to get, you’ve worked with an amazing artist to develop a striking design, and you’ve sat through long hours to get a beautiful piece of art drawn on your body. Or maybe you just walked into a tattoo parlor on impulse and decided to mark this moment in your life with something permanent! Either way, you will want to make sure that your tattoo heals properly and stays... Continue Reading
The first thing I remember ever washing with Sal Suds was my car. This might just be my favorite use of Sal Suds. It works so fast and rinses so quickly that I once ran out during a rainstorm and cleaned my whole car. Hey, I’m from California and I know the value of free water! It does such an impressive job on vehicles, is harmless to the environment, and is completely safe for the person using it. What’s not... Continue Reading
A great barbeque is more than just things that go between a bun! Take advantage of your fired-up grill to throw on some super-seasonal fruit and vegetable additions, and quickly create a stunning warm salad that may just steal the whole meal. (Outdoor barbeque not in the plan? Just heat up a cast iron grill pan on the stove instead.) A simple trick to making almost any fruit or vegetable become grill-ready in seconds is brushing on a little coconut... Continue Reading
Few things are more synonymous with summertime than sinking your teeth into a fragrant, steaming corn on the cob, fresh off the grill. And while some purists claim corn needs absolutely no additions, I beg to differ. Subtle enhancements can take a good corn on the cob and turn it into a treat you can’t bear to put down. Here’s everything you need to know on how make this seasonal staple better than ever: Method Matters Before we dive into... Continue Reading
I came to realize, gradually, but with increasing clarity, that living the gift I was given as the fifth generation of this soapmaking family was the best way to be of service to the world. This is a vision we all share at Dr. Bronner’s: our company as an engine to create positive change in the world. The causes we fund and fight for grow every year.
There are dozens of brands that are committed to long-term, transparent, mutually beneficial relationships with the farmers they partner with. They often use a certification label to help communicate that commitment. But without looking beyond the label on an individual product, it is difficult to determine whether the brand has that level of commitment or whether they are doing the bare minimum required by a certifier for a small number of products to capture a niche market or gain good PR.
I’m already hearing some, “Gee, Thanks” from the kids. However, herein lies one of the biggest perks for me with DIY house cleaning: not only are most homemade green cleaners safe to use around children, it is also safe for children to use. Prior to my switch to natural house cleaners, my house cleaning was more of a covert operation. I didn’t want my kids breathing the fumes while I was cleaning and I didn’t want them coming up behind me... Continue Reading