FinBar - plastic free soap & solid shampoo bars

by FinBar in St. Merryn, Cornwall, England

We did it
On 8th December 2018 we successfully raised £870 with 19 supporters in 28 days

FinBar was created by 10 yr old eco warrior Finn to save the ocean from drowning in plastic by stopping single use plastic, starting at home

by FinBar in St. Merryn, Cornwall, England

WHO ARE WE?

FinBar was created by mum and son duo, Amy and Finn, 10 from St Merryn,Cornwal after Finn's school project on plastic pollution and its effects on our marine life sparked a personal mission. As a keen surfer and budding marine biologist, Finn is increasingly concerned that, by the time he is old enough to qualify, there will be very little ocean wildlife to discover due to the vast rate at which it is being destroyed by human actions, especially plastic pollution. He came home one day and announced he had written to supermarket directors asking them to stop the use of single use plastic (see video) and asked his mum if they could begin by making their home plastic free. They started in the bathroom and Amy quickly found that there was very little choice available locally, especially when it came to shampoo, so Finn suggested they make their own! They began selling on a table outside their house for pocket money for Finn but interest grew hugely and quickly in both the story and the beautiful hand made products. They are stocked in 6 shops locally and the 'team' which now include Amy's mum as chief packer, have started making plastic free bathroom welcome packs for holiday homes, they attend regular local craft markets together and both love to sell the products and spread the word of Finn's plastic-free mission.

OUR MISSION: 

"I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE MAKE A CHANGE, EASILY -  REFUSE SINGLE USE PLASTIC - START IN YOUR BATHROOM, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE " says Finn. 

Our mission is to get every bathroom in the UK to be plastic free, we are providing a simple solution, swap the bottles for natural solid soap and shampoo bars, with zero or paper packaging, you can help make a massive difference to the future of our oceans." says Amy. 

THE HARD FACTS ABOUT PLASTIC POLLUTION.

* Plastic pollution can now be found on every beach in the world, from tourist beaches along the Cornish coastline to uninhabited islands. Nowhere is free from this issue!

* Over 150 plastic bottles litter each mile of UK beaches. 

* 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually! 

THE PROBLEM IS REAL AND EVERYONE KNOWS IT, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO SOLVE IT? 

WHY SUPPORT US?

We are small company inspired by a little boys big dream, making these changes can help to provide a brighter future for our marine life and oceans, ensuring a healthy, exciting marine world for Finn and his friends to discover when he is older. Oh, and the products look, smell and feel great too! 

SO WHAT DOES THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE FOR FINBAR? 

FinBar products are currently made in the family kitchen and packaged in the dining room and we are drowning in soap and brown paper! People seem to love the products so much we are at the point where we desperately need to expand to grow. We want to have a stockist each town in Cornwall to start, and then the rest of the UK and beyond, spreading the importance of this issue and the dream of this little boy as far as possible! All with a much bigger message for our local and global environment.

The money generated from this Crowdfunder will go directly to being more productive, efficient and effective at making and selling more soaps and shampoos. It will enable us to:

Buy base supplies in bulk to reduce cost, delivery emissions and packaging from the suppliers

Secure a unit to give us space to make, label, package and store products.

Pay for online shop development, website and marketing activities. 

Pay for more trade and customer sales pitches and events

HOW CAN YOU HELP? 

This bit is simple.... pledge, pledge, pledge, whatever you can, no amount is too small or large. 

In return you will get the gift of beautiful soaps and shampoos in a variety of shapes and sizes and a hand written thank you from Finn for supporting his mission.   

For the businesses out there, we have an incredible and unique team building session with the amazing Beach Guardians. Beach Guardian will host 20 people on a beach of their choice for a wildlife discovery and beach clean session proven to inspire, help improve productivity and mental well being. 

TEN YEAR OLD FINN BELIEVES WE CAN SAVE THE OCEANS BY DOING OUR BIT, WILL YOU HELP HIM?

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Entry into the draw for a FinBar gift set just in time for Christmas

£20 or more

£20 or above Reward

A FinBar soap of choice from our range and a thank you note from Finn for supporting his mission

£50 or more

£50 or above Reward

A soap bar each season! Every season we will be producing a new soap of the season. Finn will be choosing the scents dependant on the seasonal produce or environment We will send you a seasonal soap each season for a year with an update of how we are progressing and any new work we have been doing.

£200 or more

£200 or above Reward

A years supply of soap! 12 bars of your choice delivered to your door and a thank you from Finn for supporting his mission

£500 or more

£500 or above Reward

A years supply of soap and solid shampoo bars. 12 soaps of your choice and 6 solid shampoo bars. A thank you from Finn for supporting his mission

£1,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£1000 or above Reward

Bespoke soap collection. FinBar will make 10 soap bars just for you with any scents of your choice for all your favourite smells. A thank you from Finn for supporting his mission

£5,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£5000 or above Reward

A team building day or family outing to take part in a beach clean on the Cornish coastline with a marine biologist and the beach guardian team. Take part in a mornings beach clean for up to 20 people, you will then be able to take your beach finds back to the beach guardian lab where you will be able to analyse them under a microscope and learn from Emily & Rob the beachguardian about the findings. You will then be provided with lunch

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