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Five years ago while living in Roslindale, current Acton resident Lauren Curdock was the fundraising committee chair of her daughter’s elementary school. It was fundraising season and she was trying to come up with ideas.

She was already making her own natural laundry soap at home and she thought, “Hey, I could package this,” she said.

Curdock figured  students and parents could make, market, and sell the laundry soap and raise money for their school. It was a win-win.

Sumner Super Soap, named in honor of the Sumner Elementary School, remains popular in Roslindale and it’s still sold at farmer’s markets there as well as a gift shop in Roslindale Square.

Corduck and her family moved to Acton almost four years ago, and eventually she decided to revive and rebrand the product, calling it Green and Easy Laundry Soap. She introduced it to the Acton community a couple of weeks ago through her Facebook page Green and Easy, in which she discusses her family's green lifestyle and shares easy ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Curdock also started the Facebook page Localisters, a buy local social network for residents of Acton, Boxborough, and surrounding towns, and she said her product has been well-received thus far.

The laundry soap has five ingredients - all biodegradable: sea salt, washing soda, baking soda, citric acid, and Dr. Bronner’s pure-castile bar soap with rose oil.

“The nice thing about it is you know what you’re putting on your skin,” said Curdock.

Each Mason jar of laundry soap, which costs $10, washes up to 30 loads of laundry, and takes one level tablespoon per load. Customers can return the jar to Curdock and receive $1 off their next purchase.

“I love the fact that this product is giving us an easy way to reduce consumption of big plastic jugs of laundry detergent,” she said.

Making the laundry soap is a family affair, as her 12 year-old daughter Esther and her 5-year-old son Bram, enjoy helping with the prepping and packaging. And in turn they get a share of the profits.

“It’s great because it’s teaching our children business skills so it’s kind of like a glorified lemonade stand,” said Curdock.

A self-described environmentalist at heart, Curdock studied environmental international relations in college and worked for an energy conservation organization in Boston after graduating. But she said her earliest inspiration came as a child attending a Mass Audubon sleep away camp in New Hampshire - the same camp her daughter now attends.

“I learned about doing our best to leave no trace on the environment,” she said.

Curdock said she hopes to sell Green and Easy Laundry Soap at farmer’s markets this summer as well as select local businesses.

For more information on how to purchase Green and Easy Laundry Soap or try a free sample, click here or text Curdock at 617-823-3630.

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