Courtney Apple &. Bill Glaab
With a strong desire to start a socially conscious business, married couple Courtney Apple and Bill Glaab researched possible products for years. It wasn’t until they stumbled upon an article stating that over 5 million children a year die from water-related illnesses that Hand in Hand Soap was born. Wanting to create a common household product that could also save lives, in 2011, Bill and Courtney started with just one bar of soap and a simple business model: Buy a bar, give a bar. Partnering with worldwide child advocacy group My Neighbor’s Children, Hand in Hand chose to donate to a number of orphanages in Haiti, a country that they continue to work with today. In 2013, Bill and Courtney went to Haiti to celebrate the opening of their first well. Today, for each Hand in Hand product purchased, a bar of soap and one month of clean water is donated. For Bill and Courtney, creating a business that gave back wasn't the only social issue of importance; they also wanted to establish a company that was environmentally and ethically responsible, featuring products made from sustainable resources. All Hand in Hand soaps are 100 percent vegetable-based, vegan, made with organic ingredients, gluten-free, biodegradable, palm-free, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and petrochemical-free. Starting with just one scent of soap, Orange Blossom, the company quickly expanded to include a range of scents. Today, Hand in Hand offers six fragrances: Lavender, Orange Blossom, Rose Water, Sea Salt, White Tea, and Wildflower & Fern. They have also expanded their product line, now making hand-poured soy candles, bath salts, liquid soap, lotion, sugar scrub, lip balm, and soap dishes. All products are handcrafted in small batches in the USA.