Many of our amazing customers regularly use our rinse, return and lend a hand scheme for our fabcon and hand sanitiser bottles, helping us to donate packs of laundry capsules to The Hygiene Bank.
Then there’s our all-new donate a wash scheme that has seen so many of you adding a single wash to your own plan (thank you!) so that each time your pack of smol processes you give a laundry wash directly to those in need.
Now we’re introducing Suds in Schools… our campaign to raise £10,000 to install mini-laundrettes into schools in need.
This project is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time since partnering with The Hygiene Bank charity. This amazing organisation has revealed to us the huge issue of hygiene poverty and the effects upon young children have particularly struck a chord with all of us at smol HQ.
Sadly, 8 in 10 primary school teachers say they have witnessed a rise in the number of children attending school unwashed or wearing unclean uniform in the last 5 years and have found themselves intervening at an increasing rate (one third of teachers regularly buy their pupils toiletry essentials).
“We know access to clean clothing might feel like a small thing but for kids going without, it can be socially excluding, inhibit learning and impact mental health.” Amy Harris, Brands and Schools Manager, The Hygiene Bank
Hygiene poverty means families not being able to wash school uniforms or muddy sports kit when needed. It can see children being excluded in the playground and classroom and it can make them a target for bullying. In fact nearly 50% of teachers say they have witnessed children being bullied because of hygiene issues.*
We've kicked this project off already by installing a brand new washing machine in our first primary school in Blackpool. But we want this to be the first of many, many more machines. Each £800 raised will fund the purchase and installation of a new washer/dryer, and of course we’ll be donating smol capsules to keep the laundry going.
Want to help? You can read more about the campaign on the Crowdfunder page here and should you wish to donate, it’s really easy. Every little really does help and we’re offering all sorts of smol rewards to say a big thank you for your support.
Do you know a school in need? Email us at email@example.com writing “suds in schools” in the subject line and we’ll come back to you with more details.
Suds in schools. Another smol way to make a big difference.
* In Kind Direct, 2017