You can now buy a selection of unwrapped College Green soaps in the Made in Stroud shop.
When we announced that our soaps would be available package free on our website and monthly Stroud Farmer's Market stall, Made in Stroud shop owner Clare Honeyfield was the first to say "yes please!"
Made in Stroud has itself just become fully plastic free, having swapped bubblewrap for corrugated cardboard, using only paper bags and encouraging glass jars to be returned for reuse.
Five varieties of College Green package-free soap are now stocked in Made in Stroud: Lavender & Patchouli, Lime & Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Oat & Ginger, Gardener's soap with peppermint and rosemary, and Mild & Gentle Buttermilk, with other soaps in the range to follow, if demand is there.
We think our soaps look fabulous in all their unwrapped glory - you can see the patterns of cleansing green clay in the Lime and Grapefruit soap - each one unique; the exfoliating coffee grounds in our Gardener's soap - perfect for scrubbing ground in soil from hard working hands and the bronze colour that Stroud Brewery beer lends to our Lemongrass, Ginger & Oat beer soap.
But we also love the look of our soaps in their wrappings, which of course make a perfect ready-wrapped gift. We source our paper from British company Cambridge Imprint designs, and cotton fabric from a local fabric shop, and both paper and fabric are re-usable.
So you have the choice of either wrapped or package free - it's entirely up to you.