Foekje Fleur, 1988, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
After graduating in both Design and Fine Arts, Foekje Fleur found her way by making objects that are functional and yet, give space for thought. Her attractive and colourful designs seem playful at first sight, but are in fact inspired by serious topics like environmental pollution and animal rights.
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!
creating something new from old traditions: the soap bar
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.
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