I recently came across two bar soap inventions created by Swiss designer Nathalie Staempfli. These designs shave bars of soap into flakes so you don’t use more than you need. In the words of Staempfli herself:
Today, most of the soap we use is liquid soap, which contains a lot of water. Block soap instead is more concentrated and therefore has some ecological benefits: You don’t transport unnecessary water around. In place of plastic bottles you can simply use paper for packaging. The solid blocks can easily be piled and allow a greater space efficiency in a truck.
But what about the usage of soap bars? I don’t like the weird slippery feeling when I use them. It gives me goose bumps. And under the shower, it always slides out of your fingers. Hand soap also often gets dirty and accumulates bacteria when more than one person is using it.
I don’t really agree with the bacteria issue. Also I don’t mind the feeling of a wet bar of soap. I do think that there would be less waste because when a bar of soap gets all slimy you end up loosing some of it onto the surface it rests on or when it slips out of your hand. It has a superfine grater that dispenses just enough soap.The hand-held one is like a soap pepper mill or cheese grater. I’m not sure what I think of that idea but the first design rocks. There is only one problem. These are just prototypes… a school project. Nothing has been done to further these products. I would love to buy the wall soap dispenser but I can’t. Only Nathalie Staempfli can do something about this. I hope that she is planning on producing this for sale soon. As a person that is not trying to over-consume I still want this!!!!! Imagine all the little bits of bar soap that could be saved with this product. It would also be less messy for kids washing their hands.
Read more at Design Milk: http://design-milk.com/soap-flakes-by-nathalie-staempfli/#ixzz1nYWMyhVF She doesn’t have an e-mail handy or I would send her a message. There is just a note that says feel free to call her. I can’t do that. And say what? Start selling your awesome product so I can buy it.
One of the advantages of being born in an affluent society is that if one has any intelligence at all, one will realize that having more and more won’t solve the problem, and happiness does not lie in possessions, or even relationships: The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside. -Tenzin Palmo