• Organic Consumers Association – An online, grassroots public-interest and advocacy organization.
  • Rainforest Action Network – campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action.
  • Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – The RSPO seeks to transform markets by making sustainable palm oil the norm rather than the exception.
  • The Organic Center – Their mission is to conduct and convene credible, evidence-based science on the environmental and health effects of organic food and farming and communicate the findings to the public.

  • Traditional Soap Making – a brief, to-the-point summary of a tradition that goes back thousands of years to the simplest of recipes – white wood ash and a fat or oil.
  • GreenPalm – One of four supply-chain options made available by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), GreenPalm is crucial in the effort to shift palm oil markets toward a sustainable future. 
  • Rainforest Rescue – A nonprofit organization actively committed to preserving rainforests, protecting their inhabitants, and furthering social reforms.

  • The Cornucopia Institute – provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media. 
  • Greenpeace Palm-Oil Producers' Scorecard – Gives an overview of where palm-oil producers stand, based on a Greenpeace International review of producers’ efforts to limit impact on forests and peatlands. To read more about palm oil and the controversy surrounding it, see the following Botanie Blog: "Building Palm OIl's Birghter Future."
  • The Non-GMO Project – A non-profit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. For more information on GMO's and the Non-GMO Project, see the following Botanie Blogs: "GMO's Are Everywhere" and "More About GMO’s, Organic Soap, and Modified Crops."
  • Natural Food Certifiers – Certifies the natural and organic products industry, offering GMO-free, organic, gluten-free, vegan, and kosher certifications.
  • Gluten Free Certification Organization – A project of the Gluten Intolerance Group, whose mission is to support persons with gluten intolerance, celiac disease, dermatitis herpetiformis, and other gluten sensitivities, through consumer and industry services and programs that positively promote healthy lives. To read more about gluten sensitivity and skin-care, see this Botanie Blog: "Gluten-Free Isn's Just a Fad."
  • – a project of the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics to set recognized standards for cruelty-free products and practices. Once on the site, choose "Consumer Enter" to access general information and a shopping guide.

  • – A project of Greenpeace to counteract deceptive Greenwashing campaigns and give consumers, activists, and lawmakers the information they need to address the deceptive nature of Greenwashing. To read more about Greenwashing from an organic perspective, see the following Botanie Blog: "Greenwashing: What It Is and Why It Matters."

The Botanie Blog

  • Building Palm OIl's Brighter Future – The development of large-scale palm plantations has resulted in massive deforestation, destruction of animal habitat, and displacement of family farms and indigenous populations. Some have sworn off palm oil entirely, as their way of affecting the industry. For our part, we’ve chosen to support the efforts of suppliers who work exclusively with organic, fair-trade farms and, in doing so, be a part of building palm oil’s sustainable future. 
  • Foaming Soap Q & A – What makes the soap foam? Why no palm oil? Would herbs and powders used for coloring just float around in the saop?
  • Behind the Costs of Free Shipping – Nearly everyone expects it these days. But should they? As consumers, have we lost our perspective on what normal and reasonable costs are? And when is free shipping exactly the wrong reason for making a purchasing decision?
  • The Truth About Lye and Organic Soap – Many perceptions of lye have nothing to do with modern soapmaking. But if you’re in the business of making or selling soap, these perceptions are part of your life.

  • GMO’s Are Everywhere – The truth is always in transparency. There’s a growing desire among consumers that the presence of GMO’s be included on product labels. In a July 2013 New York Times poll, 93% of respondents said that foods containing GMO’s should be labeled as such. There’s also a strong insistence, especially among manufacturers, that GMO’s are safe, intended only for public benefit, and that requiring their inclusion on ingredient labels would make products more expensive.  

  • Oil of Ages – No other ingredient in soapmaking carries the historical and cultural weight of Frankincense. Together with gold and Myrrh, it comprised the gifts of the Magi, and on more than one occasion in Greek mythology, was prized over animals as a sacrifice to the gods. Read about Tears of Frankincense and the Tree That Emerged From Grief.

Local Links

  • Made in Montana – Part of the Office of Trade & International Relations of the Montana Department of Commercehelps build recognition for products that are "authentically" Montana, meaning they are grown, created, made, and/or enhanced in the state.
  • The Good Food Store – a non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting a healthy community, providing a wide selection of organic food and natural products, conducting business in an ethical and respectful manner, and donating to organizations in need.
  • Green Path Herb School – Located in Missoula, MT, Green Path offers online and in-person classes, as well as natural health retreats, guest speaker workshops, wildcrafting trips, online herb certificate classes and programs, a school for training professional herbalists, herb books, and lots of free herbal information.
  • Montana Natural History Center – Originally housed on the University of Montana campus, and now in a new building in the heart of Missoula, the mission of the MNHC is to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding and stewardship of nature through education.
  • Missoula in Motion – helps local businesses, institutions, and individuals reduce traffic and improve air quality in the Missoula area through education and encouragement of transportation choices, which include walking, biking, car/vanpooling, telecommuting, and riding the bus.

Always Deserving of Our Support

  • Montana Food Bank Network – The mission of the Montana Food Bank Network is to end hunger in Montana through food acquisition and distribution, education and advocacy. As of September 3, Botanie Soap has contributed 4723 pounds of soap (nearly 2 1/2 tons) to the MFBN.
  • KUFM / Montana Public Radio – National Public Radio for Western Montana, along with an eclectic mix of music and entertainment programs.
  • KBGA 89.9 FM – a college/community-based radio station located on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.
  • Camp Mak-A-Dream – provides cost-free Montana experiences, in an intimate community setting for children, teens, young adults, women and families affected by cancer, as well as programs for children who have a sibling or a parent with cancer.

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