University of Wisconsin-Stout: Michelle Rademacher, Rebecca Black

The soap bar is a classic hygiene product that unfortunately not many people use anymore and is going out of fashion. The soap industry has designed their packages for their products in either two ways. One is packaging the individual soap in paperboard boxes and shrink wrap or box the set of soap. Others have wrapped them in wax-coated paper and shrink wrap the set. These packages are meant to just hold the product and be tossed away once used. This isn’t really sustainable and the packages don’t stand out on the shelf. The packages needs to be redesign to be more eco-friendly and get the consumers to buy soap bars again.

The Stout Soap Company is a homemade soap making business which focuses on organic products and being environmentally friendly. Each package is made from 100% recycled kraft paperboard with a bee’s wax coat. This allows it to be recycled and is 100% biodegradable and compostable. The package is not just to contain the soap, but also to be reusable. Our unique package system is to hold the soap on the store shelf and then after the consumer buys it, they put it on the bathroom counter as a soap dish. It is a duel-purpose package which is sustainable in two ways: reusable package and biodegradable. The bee’s wax allows the paperboard not to weaken the structure and still allows the package to be composted. The package can be reused as a soap dish which will last until all the soap is gone. It can then be recycled or composted to the consumer’s convenience. The Stout Soap Company is concerned for the environment and provides that through the reusable, recyclable, and biodegradable package system of a soap dish.