This blog tells you about Apocalyps Labotek’s knowledge exchange project, The SoapLamu, in Kenya. Apokalyps Labotek (ALT) is a design and innovation studio based in Malmö, Sweden. ALT is run by Petra Lilja and Jenny Nordberg, both industrial designers with focus on sustainable development.
The Soap Lamu is a continuation of The Soap Original and The Soap Perfume, made from recycled deep frying oil from local falafel kitchens in Malmö by ALT. The Soap Lamuhowever, is made from coconut residues on the island of Lamu, Kenya.
The Lamu project transforms oil from coconut residues together with ashes from burnt coconut palm leafs into soap.
In the beginning of 2007 Jenny and Petra began to explore old Swedish pesant methods in general and soap production in particular. Using the left over fat from slaughter was not a option for ALT. After a lot of research and experiments The Soap (Original and Perfume) made from recycled vegetable cooking oil from local falafel kitchens was born.
The Lamu Soap Project was in the early 2010 awarded with the second prize and 3000 Euros in Terre de Femmes. ALT’s will start a soap manufacturing in Kenya during the second half of 2010. “We now want to expand our soap project to include a knowledge exchange project on the island of Lamu in Kenya, where we will manufacture soap according to the classical method using local coconut residues.”
ALT has with his extended soap projects in Kenya three cornerstones.
1) The soap production takes advantage of a local plant debris from the coconut which is abundant on the island of Lamu. The extracted coconut oil is an excellent oil to make soap from. With the right recipe one can make a really good organic soap.
2) The soap project also aims to generate jobs. Soap manufacturing could help to raise needed job opportunities for people on the island.
3) The project especially aims to empower women.
For other projects, please visit http://www.apokalypslabotek.se