Another busy and challenging year! The EcoSoap touring workshop together with Taichung Maple Eco School visited 30 schools in 2020! As everything has been planned at least half year ahead, luckily the pandemic situation was quite under controlled in Taiwan so not many workshops were cancelled. In total around 1,526 students and teachers were participated in the course. Estimate we upcycled 200 Liters of used cooking oil/ expiring oil for making EcoSoaps and liquid soap. The EcoSoap were kept in the school for students to continue observing and taking care for another 8 weeks to complete the saponification and curing process.
Besides in the hub city: Taichung, we visited some schools in nearby Nantou County (the only city/county in Taiwan doesn’t have coastline), and far away Taitung County in the beautiful east coast that faced Pacific Ocean, organized by TPCF foundation. Additional, we collaborate with our EcoSoap lecturers in Daguang Community and the Kenting National Park in Pingtung County to give the lecture “The invisible pollution is the worst pollution.”
Although due to the pandemic situation that we were not able hold workshops and meet in Helsinki this year. The experience gained in Taiwan would definetely be documented and give us more concrete idea of developing (online) educational materials.
About the EcoSoap Touring Workshop and JooSoap’s role:
The Maple Eco School has been giving EcoSoap workshops and environmental lecturers to school groups time to time since 1996. Since 2016, this lecture has gradually getting more attention when collaborate with the TPCF foundation’s Eco Masters Touring Lectures program. JooSoap Studio have the chances to keep improving the lecture contents and process with experienced ecosoap lecturers/masters in Taiwan. We modified the lecture material to includes few topics (e.g. plastic wastes, used cooking oil disposal issues, chemical detergents, SDGs, river and ocean life) for an intensive 1.5hr lecture. In addition to demonstrate the basic knowledge of ecosoap making from used cooking oil, the non-smell detergent will be made by students during the course. The result will be kept for the class and students could use these soaps to clean the campus and their home.
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