A strictly limited edition (50 pieces) upcycled Iroko hardwood soap deck, designed to accommodate up to two bars of shampoo, conditioner or soap at the same time. Made from the Biology lab bench tops from co-founder Gareth’s old school, these beautiful wooden soap savers have been made with the lowest possible environmental impact. Only 50 of the PGD edition will be made due to the limited supply of this guaranteed ethical source wood.
- Made from African Iroko wood, a beautiful, strong and highly durable material, often used in garden furniture and gates
- Designed to take two bars of soap, shampoo, conditioner and shaving soap and help them last longer by keeping them out of pools of water
- Upcycled from Biology lab benchtops from a building demolished over 20 years ago
- Exclusively designed and manufactured for Non Plastic Beach by a craftsman in the co-founders village
- Follow-up to the Hair & Body Board, using the narrower staves that couldn't be utilised for the four bar deck. 120 mm long by 65 mm wide
The Hair and Body Board as the name suggests is a larger than usual soap saver or soap deck that can take up to two of your favourite bars, avoiding a mass of dishes in your bath or shower.
This deck was created to solve the issue of multiple bars now being commonplace in bathrooms everywhere. We found that we had numerous bars in our shower and that it would look rather better if we had them all in one place. The channels in the top help water to drain away, while the Iroko wood is aesthetically pleasing, durable and rot resistant, vital for something that is used in the shower.
Iroko is a class 2 durable wood, rated for 15-25 years of outside use, if you want the ultimate in durability we have our Kon-Teaky Soap Deck made from recycled teak wood, which is a class 1 durable wood, rated for over 25 years of outside use.
Care instructions: Although Iroko is a highly durable wood, but its longevity can be further enhanced by regularly cleaning out the channels and not allowing it to sit in puddles of water for long periods. It can also be oiled for increased water resistance.
THE STORY OF THE WOOD
This wood comes from Biology lab bench tops originally manufactured and installed in the late 1960s in a temporary building that was to become the teaching space for co-founder Gareth’s father, Peter. As head of Biology, Peter taught at these desks for the best part of three decades until the new science building was constructed and the labs were repurposed as art rooms.
After a few more years as art rooms, the labs were demolished in the late 1990s and the wood was destined for the skip. However, Gareth was now working at his former school as a temporary caretaker for the summer and decided that was a waste. Between them they saved the bench tops, complete with well dried chewing gum, crudely drawn phallus graffiti and copious evidence of amateur artists. Over the years these were used for fitting out the Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory Trust, making a TV cabinet and various other projects. The last few were sitting unused in a garage until Gareth had the idea to make use of the wood to make the Hair and Board Boards.
Local craftsmen Keith was engaged to make this exclusive design for Non Plastic Beach and he took the benches, planed them down to unblemished wood, cut the drainage channels and sanded them to a beautiful finish. Keith, a master joiner with almost 40 years of experience, lives in the same village as co-founders Gareth and Nicola, radically cutting transport emissions. The logo was laser etched onto the dishes by a local specialist, again avoiding a long chain of transport to get these pieces made.
So we know exactly where the wood came from, we know it was used for almost 40 years before it was made into the beautiful soap dish you see today. Who knows, the one you buy may even have been a desk Gareth sat at as a boy, it may have even been one he doodled on absent mindedly in an art class (he is chronically bad at art).