Soap nuts are a fully renewable and sustainable resource – offering us future forestation potential. Hands down, they are the best green alternative to synthetic / chemical detergents, laundry soaps and cleaners. They are quite possibly the single most earth-friendly gift Mother Nature has ever provided us.

Only half or less of the Sapindus Mukorossi soap nuts from the Doon Valley region of the Himalayans are being consumed / utilized today. Most end up decomposing in the soils – a terrible waste of a valuable resource and economic stimulus for the regions. The trees are exceptionally prolific fruit producers!

Himalayan-landscape

Himalayan Mountains. Northern India. Approx. 250km N/E of New Delhi. Directly adjacent to Nepal.

Mukorossi soap berry trees may also be cultivated across vast regions of the world, typically those areas of higher elevation, steeper slopes and poor soil conditions. Other soap nut tree species such as trifoliatus and saponaria thrive in a wide range of elevations and climates from tropical to near desert terrains. Mukorossi trees are extremely hardy and live an average of ninety years. They prolifically produce fruits for roughly eighty years of their lifespan. Vast regions around the largest mountain ranges on nearly all of the continents in the world presently have lands that offer little environmental or ecological benefits. Many of these regions would be ideal areas for cultivation of Mukorossi soapberry trees.

Hence, soapberry trees offer the world forestation potential of many otherwise unproductive and often virtually useless lands across the entire globe. They flourish in poor soil conditions and reduce unwanted erosion. The forests of Mukorossi trees in Nepal and India are actually alien to those lands. They originated in China and migrated naturally into these regions over thousands of years. With adequate demand for soapberries, there will be good reasons and financial incentives for cultivation and forestation of countless other lands that are presently not being utilized for maximum environmental benefit.

The question is quite simple: Do we prefer CO2 reducing green forests, or soap / chemical processing factories that are polluting our planet? Regardless of political, religious, philosophical, or socioeconomic persuasion, there will be an overwhelming consensus in the answer. The desire to live a healthy life is inherently our human nature.

Changing from toxic, synthetic chemical detergents and cleansers to those developed from safe, natural saponins would have a positive environmental impact on our planet of the likes the world has never seen.

Synthetic chemical processing plant.

Synthetic chemical processing plant.

Not only will soap nuts be an answer to many chemical problems that plague us today; they will tremendously reduce the carbon footprint created by commercial detergent and soap manufacturers. And also provide us with a natural resource across the globe that will help decrease the levels of Co2 due to increased forestation in appropriate regions. As demand grows for soap nuts, many will follow to ensure supply is met. Having quality soap nuts grown geographically closer to their areas of use will even further reduce the carbon footprint caused by global transportation.

The size of the carbon footprint on our planet caused by the production of the synthetic chemicals used in nearly every detergent and cleaner today is difficult to comprehend. That is not even mentioning the pollution of our water supply caused by these same processes and factories. The global transportation factor alone of these chemicals and then delivery of the final products is overwhelming.

Soap nut’s saponin can be highly concentrated. It was recently demonstrated that a mere 8 ounces of concentrated soap nut liquid extract will replace over 17 POUNDS of commercial detergents, softeners and dryer sheets. The reduction of the carbon footprint due to the transportation needs alone of moving such large amounts of conventional products is ABSOLUTELY STAGGERING.

Let’s not forget about all the packaging involved with that 17 POUNDS of products – all the big high-density jugs, boxes, labels, etc. It all can be replaced with one light-weight, thin, eco-friendly, 8 ounce PETE bottle. Are the earth-friendly benefits beginning to add up? The NaturOli extract is produced with only water, heat and pressure, hence keeping it’s carbon footprint to a bare minimum. No chemical solvents are used. There are ZERO non-biodegradable by-products produced.

We hold soap nuts in our hands as a true gift that can improve the quality of live on earth forever. The impact is mind boggling considering we are only changing something as simple and fundamental as our everyday washing and cleaning habits. Some of the world’s largest companies started by simply making soap. If mankind would have been using soap nuts for the last 2000 years, the difference in our world today is almost impossible to imagine.

It is difficult for this author to think of anything – ever – that has the total combined eco-friendly benefits that soap nuts offer us. Soap berries and saponin will play a major role in making our planet the greener place it will soon be.

*For more info about the actual mukorossi trees, see post Soap Nut Trees.