At Ja, Wol we endeavour to support local and handmade products. We stock some of the finest locally, handmade tools and notions in an effort to promote high quality artistry in Rotterdam and The Netherlands and to reduce our environmental footprint.
I've know Foekje Fleur for years. I am slowly collecting all her ceramic vases and she comes to my shop to buy all shades of yellow for her ever expanding wall rug. Her latest design feat is the Bubble Buddy. I fell in love instantly when I saw it. It has all things awesome. And then I tried it for washing my woollens. And it worked! Like a charm!
Enter Bubble Buddy at Ja, Wol!
Hi there! I’m your Bubble Buddy. Use me to grate organic soap bars instead of buying all kinds of liquid soap in plastic bottles. Now don’t get me wrong, plastic is a really cool modern material – used in the right way and in the right place. Like me, for instance: recycled plastic! But humans are throwing away so much plastic which ends up in our sewage, our rivers, and seas. And that’s not cool at all. Together, you and I can cut down on plastic bottles in your home. Isn’t that a ‘grate’ start?
From Foekje Fleur:
"With the Bottle Vase Project (2009) I tried to raise attention for the growing problem of plastic pollution, nine years later awareness has spread, yet the plastic soup keeps growing… so time for action!
Gift company GoodtoGive gave me the opportunity to work on Bubble Buddy; a project that does not just recycle plastic waste, but also prevents future waste. Bubble Buddy is a tool that promotes the use of bar soap. He can be used as a soap dish that dries a bar of soap quickly but also has a very cool grating shield. The grating shield can be used to make soap flakes that easily dissolve in soap suds for all kinds of cleaning and grooming purposes. No need for plastic soap bottles any longer!
Somewhere in the 1980s or 90s, many of us switched from using bar soap to liquid soap – we were told it was more hygienic. However, we were misled! Studies (John E. Heinze and Frank Yackovich, Epidemiology and Infection Vol. 101, No. 1 (Aug. 1988), pp. 135-142) show that washing with bar soap isn’t any less hygienic, so, don’t believe the hype. Now we can once again choose from a wide range of soap bars, from a moisturizing body wash to shampoo, to shaving soap and home cleaning detergent. You can find many sorts of soap bars in most supermarkets. A hand-crafted organic bar soap is your best option: it’s good for you and your environment, highly concentrated, economical in use, plastic packaging free, and hasn’t been tested on animals."