At the core of social enterprise Thankyou is the idea that giving back can be part of the small purchases we make every day. You buy a bottle of water at your local supermarket and it helps provide access to water for someone else. You purchase a sweet-smelling hand soap and part of that money helps fund a sanitation project in a developing country. Since launching in 2008, Melbourne-based Thankyou has expanded its water-bottle project and added Thankyou food and Thankyou body care.
“We started out funding only water projects through our water products,” says co-founder and director Justine Flynn. “But as time went on, and as we visited communities that we’d funded with safe water access, we saw the real issue – lack of hygiene and sanitation education and the negative effects this had on the lives of individuals. So we knew we had to find a way to support hygiene and sanitation programs alongside our water projects to create greater holistic change.”
Instead of creating decorative knick-knacks or pens, the Thankyou body-care range consists of high quality, beautifully packaged and reasonably priced products. And it’s working. In the past year, the body-care range has grown quickly, popping up in Instagram feeds and beside sinks all over the city. A bottle of its botanical sweet almond and orange handwash is aromatic, herbal and costs less than $10. The range is made with botanical extracts and natural oils and all packaging is recyclable. Sales fund hygiene and sanitation projects in developing nations, and provide community and school-based training in areas of high need.
The full range of Thankyou body care includes washes and lotions for the hands and body, goat’s milk soap bars and travel-size antibacterial hand sanitisers that smell of eucalyptus and mint. Make these your new go-tos and say goodbye forever to pink liquid soap.