Hand knitted Organic Cotton Soap Bag – Toockies
A gorgeous hand knitted, organic soap bag for gentle and effective exfoliation of your body.
This Toockies soap pouch is made from 100% organic, raw cotton, which provides a mild abrasive effect. It is perfect for using with your favorite natural soap bar and ideal for taking it along as a travel soap bag on your zero waste journeys and adventures.
Toockies are hand made by women under a Fairtrade Project near Kolkata, India where the women who hand make these lovely soap bags are given good working conditions and a fair wage. Toockies offer these women a dignified way to earn a living, empowering them and helping to support their families. What makes Toockies so special is when you buy Toockies, you are helping the women by providing them with an income so they can take care of themselves and their children.
A Toockies soap pouch makes lovely gift with a truly wonderful story.
- GOTS certified organic cotton
- Zero waste – biodegradable & compostable
- Long lasting
- Fair Trade project
- Handcrafted in India
This gorgeous soap bag is made of 100% organic, raw cotton, which provides a mild abrasive effect, perfect for smoothing and exfoliating skin.
On the packaging of the cloth you will find a label with the handwritten name of one of the women who knitted your cloth. Toockies is a Fairtrade Project near Kolkata, India where the skilled women who make these lovely soap pouches are given good working conditions and a fair wage.
Mashine-wash at 90 degrees and keep a very high hygienic level.
Toockies handcrafted products are packaged plastic-free with a recyclable card tag.
When the cloth, after a very long time of usage, needs to be replaced, you can just cut it up and mix it into your potting-mesh or leave it at the compost-heap to the circle of nature.
|Dimensions||110 × 100 × 5 mm|
100% GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
Handmade In India
Mashine-wash at 90 degrees and keep a very high hygienic level.
Allow to dry out naturally by hanging in between uses.
‘The skilled knitters of the Toockies products live in the small tribal village of Ujan, three hours drive outside of Kolkata. Many of the families in this village are farmers, and cultivating rice fields is their only way of making an income. Rice fields can be harvested three times a year and all of this is done by hand. Most of the houses in the village are made of clay and there is limited access to electricity and running water. Ponds are located sporadically throughout the village, and this is where the villagers wash their dishes, clothes, take baths and collects water to boil and use for cooking.
The women who are joining this program, are given a chance of empowerment. They’re in charge of their own life as they can work and earn money independently of their husbands. They often use this money to secure a better future for their children, which is their sole motivation for joining this program to begin with. Their work is protected by Fairtrade Denmark which ensures the women receive a fair wage and good working conditions.
Lavinia Trade is works closely with the local NGO Promise Charitable Trust to manage this project. When the women hand over the finished knitted products, a free doctor´s check-up is provided to them and their children.
When you buy Toockies, you are helping the women by providing them with an income so they can take care of themselves and their children.’
The Story Of Toockies
‘As a young girl I lived in a small fishing village on the island of Terceira, in the Azores. My mother had very few opportunities to make money because culturally she was expected to stay home and provide free labor to support the family. Her only source of income was embroidery. There was someone in the village that would provide the local ladies with embroidery materials, training and patterns. The finished work was exported to European countries. Mom embroidered to pay for her clothes as a single woman, her wedding dress, household needs, baby needs, and to buy each of her three daughters a gold cross necklace. I always think of her and how she was able to earn from home, when I see women struggling to meet the needs of their families.
When I married and became a homemaker myself, my mother-in-law introduced me to knitted dishcloths she received from her cousin Claudia, better known as “Toockie”. I very quickly became dependent on these “Toockies” to clean my home, my kids and my car. Soon I started thinking everybody should have these amazing Toockies® that worked hard and lasted for years. They were cost effective because they out performed the disposable cleaning products I used before and did not need to be replaced every week.
I began to think about how I might start a home business, with the help of women who could use a bit of extra money like my Mom did. Inspired by the Oprah show which, who through the Angel Network, helped so many in sometimes very simple ways, I began to look for an organization working with women who could not only use a bit of money, but were in need of a life saving income.
A couple of years, and a few pregnancies later, I saw a documentary on the plight of young women in India who were forced into slavery and prostitution. I wondered how desperate the need to survive must be, that someone would give up their child to some unknown fate for money to buy food to eat? In the documentary a group of people were trying to rescue some of these young women, but they were in need of funds to support them because the young women did not have any skills that they could use to support themselves.
What could I do to affect change living here in the U.S.? What could I give to a family that would prevent the sale of a child?
In answer to prayer I met Mrs. Jaya Basu who had started a non-profit for children in India. We exchanged ideas and information about our mutual interest in the “greater good”. After a wonderful sharing of our intentions her husband said it was time to build a business plan.
Jaya Basu is my partner and we are making a difference for women and their families in India using a Fair Trade system very similar to the embroidery co-op my mother belonged to.
The Toockies® project opens an unimaginable door of opportunity for our knitters. In North-East India women are desperate for a dignified way to earn a living, are mobilized and trained to create Toockies® products. A community center provides these women with a central location for training, knitting, picking-up yarn, and dropping off finished product, though most knitters work from home, as is culturally required, allowing them to work flexible hours.
The Toockies® project makes a difference by empowering these women to take charge of their own destiny.
In gratitude, we have given our knitters a voice by having them learn how to write their names and adding them to our packaging. We have also added their photographs and their wishes to out website so that anyone who wants to know who the name on their Toockies® Brand Product belongs to, can look her up.
We supply Toockies® to retailers in the U.S., Canada, Japan and New Zealand. Jaya and I hope to expand to more villages in need and to provide an alternative to disposable housewares for the benefit of all including our planet.’
-Anna Marie Stauss