We all know the drill, each year the chocolate fundraising season descends on playgrounds and offices as schools scramble for extra cash to fund everything from camps through to computers. It doesn’t have to be chocolate though and more and more recently I’m seeing some great alternatives being offered.

One of these is Ecostore relatively new fundraising scheme for schools. It’s an initiative where the company makes plant-based soaps available to schools (and other entities) to be sold for $2.50 a bar with $1 from each sale going to the entity doing the selling. The soap alternative allows schools to raise money without the sugar.

I think this is great progress in the right direction. We simply must not be encouraging children to eat and sell something which is bad for them. The harsh reality is that 1 in 9 children are obese in New Zealand, and a further quarter of children are overweight. Excessive sugar consumption is linked to obesity, type two diabetes and heart disease. According to the experts we are well on track to seeing an epidemic of childhood type 2 diabetes.

To be honest soaps are not something I go crazy for :-). However, I’ve never wanted to buy any of the chocolate offered to me in the past either but often felt obliged to do so to support the children doing the selling. If someone knocks on my door selling these soaps or if Dom’s daycare was using them to raise money then I would support them and buy some to incentivise and encourage a move away from chocolates.

And for this reason I’m delighted that Ecostore have provided us with a sample gift pack for every goodie bag at our That Sugar Film screening this coming week. All those of you attending will have the chance to check out the product if you have not already.

So, have you seen this soap or other alternatives to chocolate being used for fundraising? Whether you have or not what do you think about it? If you’re interested to learn more check out the link below.