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Palm Done Right Launches #SudsUpSustainably Campaign

#SudsUpSustainably, a new campaign from mission-based educational platform Palm Done Right (PDR), aims to increase consumer awareness around making sustainable choices while washing hands and being mindful of the impact on communities, forests, and wildlife.

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These Are the Best-Selling Skin-Care Products to Buy at Whole Foods

Grocery shopping has become a major outing during quarantine, which is why it’s crucial to visit a store that you know is going to stock everything you need in just one stop. Whole Foods, a cult-favorite for many, not only has aisles upon aisles of health conscious and good-for-you foods, but they also have a wide variety of beauty products, many of which have all-natural labels. If your looking to revamp your vanity with products that are noteworthy for a reason, look no further than our favorite health food store.

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Nebraska soap maker raises the bar in giving back

Keeping clean is nothing new for Pacha soap company in Hastings, Nebraska. The small business recently rolled out a helpful new product and they are giving soap to organizations in need for each bar of soap they sell on line. They recently gave 5,000 bars of soap to organizations serving the vulnerable.

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Chief Industries donates hand sanitizer to five Lexington child care providers

LEXINGTON — An ethanol plant helping child care providers seems like an unlikely partnership, but the COVID-19 pandemic has fostered numerous instances of community support, such as this.

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Community help boosts Meals on Wheels program

Thanks to volunteers and community support, the local Meals on Wheels program offered by Senior Action Inc. has been able to continue offering hot meals to seniors in the city despite troubles presented by the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

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The Grand Island Independent Business briefs

HASTINGS — Mary Lanning Healthcare announced that several community businesses and residents are helping to support its operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Mary Lanning thanks community for contributions to COVID-19 effort

As the Hastings area sees increasing clinical activity related to the spread of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, Mary Lanning Healthcare is thanking community residents, organizations and businesses for their generosity to those on the front lines fighting the outbreak.

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Alumni help combat hand sanitizer shortage

Giving back has always been at the heart of Pacha Soap, a Hastings-based bath products manufacturing company founded by Andrew ’12 and Abi ’13 Vrbas in 2013. Each bar of artfully-crafted soap they sell, with funky names like Dirty Hippie and Feel the Beet, supports clean water initiatives, small businesses and hygiene education in developing countries around the world.

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The 'sourcing responsibly' trend: 5 innovators

Today, we look at five companies that are innovating in the "Sourcing Responsibly" trend within the Inventive Business Models macro force. Working to mitigate the extractive tendencies of our food system, many brands are operating with greater sourcing intention, lending new ways of conducting business and innovating business models and relationships to source their materials responsibly.

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Governor Ricketts Says Restrictions Will Be Phased Out Overtime

Governor Pete Ricketts said at his daily press conference that when things calm down, the restrictions put in place will be phased out overtime. They will do it in stages to make sure there is no bounce back with the virus.

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FDA decision could make ethanol available as hand sanitizer ingredient

The Food and Drug Administration has relaxed regulations on the types of alcohol that can be used to make hand sanitizers during the shortage caused by the coronavirus pandemic, expanding the market to potentially millions of gallons made by ethanol producers.

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Local soap manufacturer begins producing hand sanitizer

Pacha Soap of Hastings is working to help solve the shortage of hand sanitizer brought about by the novel coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. Pacha founder Andrew Vrbas said Thursday afternoon Mary Lanning Healthcare contacted Pacha to see if the company would make hand sanitizer.

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For the Love of All That Is Good, People, Please Don’t DIY Your Hand Sanitizer

We love a good DIY, but for real, you all, this is not the time for trying to save a buck on cleaning products. Earlier this week a New Jersey convenience store clerk tried to turn a quick buck by diluting industrial-strength foaming disinfectant into hand wash bottles, sold it, and four kids ended up with chemical burns. Burning kids while trying to cash in on a global viral pandemic? Not cool, convenience store clerk!

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Coronavirus demand prompts ethanol plants to seek rule changes in resupply of hand sanitizer  

As hospitals and nursing homes desperately search for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak, federal regulators are preventing ethanol producers from providing millions of gallons of alcohol that could be transformed into the germ-killing mixture.

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'We Got This'

With a volunteer force of Bristol Station residents, Pacha Soap has started toward its goal of filling 18,000, 12-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer as part of the company’s “We Got This” initiative. Pacha is giving hand sanitizer to organizations on the front line fighting the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Pacha received assistance from local businesses such as Thomsen Oil, Kelly’s Supply, Sapp Brothers, J&M Steel and Krueger Contracting to make the hand sanitizer operation a reality.

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Local Soap Manufacturer begins producing hand sanitizer

Pacha Soap of Hastings is working to help solve the shortage of hand sanitizer brought about by the novel coronavirus disease, or COVID-19. Pacha founder Andrew Vrbas said Thursday afternoon Mary Lanning Healthcare contacted Pacha to see if the company would make hand sanitizer.

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‘Sleep Supporters’ Are the Next Big Thing in Beauty, Here's Why

You’ve heard of beauty sleep (and have tried more than a few tricks to achieve it). But the one product to help you achieve that well-rested glow may actually be in your pantry. According to a new trend report from Whole Foods, “sleep supporters” (think warm milk-like nighttime drinks, sleep-enhancing supplements and “sleep soaps”) are the next big thing for beauty in 2019.

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Whole Foods' Annual Beauty Sale

What's better than unwinding with a warm bath? Unwinding with a warm bath spiked with this salt block, made with Brazilian purple clay, lavender essential oil, and chamomile flowers. The scent isn't the only thing that will make you rest easy: Each purchase from the brand helps fund clean-water initiatives and small-scale soap shops in developing countries.

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Secret Room Events Is Proud to Present a Hawaiian Style Retreat in Honor of the Nominees for the 2019 Golden Globes

Open to only celebrities and media, this event will host some of today’s most unique, fashionable and luxurious companies, products and services. From trips, to Hawaii. American Luxury Tours will be gifting 7 night stays to the Nominees and special media & Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa will be gifting 2 night stay including breakfast and massages. High end jewelry, to hip and trendy baby and pet products and luxurious skin and hair care products, the Secret Room is a total pampering experience.

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10 Beauty Products Everyone Bought At Whole Foods In 2018

We can’t tell you the number of hours (or the amount of money) we’ve spent at Whole Foods Market this year and — honestly — we think it’s best if we didn’t know the exact numbers. But of all our time spent perusing the aisles of the grocery store/wellness chain, we’ve experienced very little buyer’s remorse, especially when it comes to our finds from the beauty aisle. Pacha Soap Co., Earthen, and Virtue to turn our winter-hating friends into bona-fide seasonal enthusiasts. Shop our favorites below.

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The Sister Project Holiday Gift Guide

We are thrilled to once again be partnering with our favorite dirty hippies over at Pacha Soap Company. Since it also happens to be the season of giving and, let’s be serious, receiving too, we are spreading some holiday cheer with the hope of inspiring you to give the gift of goodness this Christmas. Pacha Soap is a company with a mission that wholeheartedly believes in spreading goodness around the world, which means, every time you purchase a Pacha product you are giving back too! ‘Tis the season!

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15 Stocking Stuffers For Under $15

If your loved ones adore the smell of apple pie or warm apple cider, this soap is sure to please. Pacha’s bar soap has notes of fresh apples, cinnamon, cloves and citrus.

Plus, Pacha puts its profits to work supporting initiatives including clean water, hygiene education and small business opportunities.

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Gift Guide: Best Gifts For Mom

Things are really getting festive around here as we kick off the holiday season with our Holiday Gift Guides. We featured the clickable must-have gifts for kids and now it’s time to focus on the ladies! We are taking all the fuss out of holiday gifting with our easy-to -shop clickable holiday gift guide.

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19 Best-Selling Beauty Products You Can Buy at Whole Foods

Whole Foods is for many a paradise of organic produce, fancy pantry staples, and a kick-ass salad bar. And though you probably don’t think of it when you’re in the market for makeup and skin-care products, you may want to pass by the beauty aisle on your way to checkout.

But who wants to buy beauty products at the grocery store? Well, a lot of people, as it turns out. Many Whole Foods shoppers are popping makeup and shampoo into their shopping carts (literal and digital) right next to their almond milk and pints of tomatoes. We found out which ones they’re going for the most. These are 19 of the best-selling beauty products at Whole Foods. (Note, prices may vary depending on where your local Whole Foods is.)

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College Trip to Peru Sparks World-Changing Nebraska Soap Business

Six years ago, Andrew Vrbas was a budget-strapped college student making soap in his college apartment. He had an idea for a business that would help change the lives of people around the world.

After just five years in business, his Pacha Soap Co™ enterprise is already doing that.

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HEARTLAND BANK - THE PACHA COLLECTIVE

You can buy Pacha soap simply because you need a bar of soap. Some customers do just that.

But, the team at Pacha Soap Co. ™ wants you to know the rest of the story.

Pacha Soap Co. ™ produces natural soap and experiential bath products in its downtown Hastings, Nebraska, shop. It uses premium plant and essential oils; and each batch, from bars to bath soaks, is handcrafted.

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DON'T LAUNCH A PRODUCT, BUILD A BRAND

When barriers to market entry are lower and competition is higher, building a brand—not just a product—is key to survival. Brand building done right can be the secret sauce for long-term success and a magnet for VCs. In this session, we’ll explore how brands that sit at the heart of a company become true catalysts for innovation. From connecting your offer with consumers to attracting top talent, we’ll look at how building a brand can help you shine in this crowded startup nation.

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ANDREW VRBAS

CEO AND CO-FOUNDER OF PACHA SOAP COMPANY

Andrew Vrbas has lived the start-up lifestyle and guided others to do the same for more than 5 years. He was inspired to found Pacha Soap Co. after volunteering as a teacher in Peru and learning about the need for sanitation education and better economic opportunities in the country. He knew soap was the answer and went on to teach himself soap making in his college dorm room to be sold at farmers markets. His passion to help led Andrew and his wife Abi to start the company, which now employs 40+ team members who handcraft premium bath products sold in 750 stores across the U.S. and Canada, including Whole Foods Market. Pacha is also a leader in social entrepreneurship and has helped over 235 entrepreneurs start their own businesses in countries like Peru and Burundi, Africa. Andrew has helped these soap makers utilize local ingredients and labor to provide sustainable careers, soap and hand washing education for their fellow countrymen.

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Download the Worksheet from the SXSW presentation featuring Maria Pazos, strategy director at Colle McVoy, and Andrew Vrbas, our founder of Pacha Soap Co. here.