IN THE NEWS
White Pear was featured in The Life etc section of the News and Observer of Raleigh NC Monday April 13, 2009 as part of "The Green Scene."
Local earth-friendly products and services are no longer tough to find
By Samantha Thompson Smith - Staff Writer
Published: Mon, Apr. 13, 2009
White Pear Soap
Wake Forest's White Pear soap company likely could have done quite well simply making its lush-smelling soaps, lotions and scrubs. But owner Claudia Acosta is a firm believer in doing her part for the environment.
From her Wake Forest home, this Los Angeles transplant makes a new line of bath and body products that are handcrafted, naturally biodegradable and have never been tested on animals.
But Acosta doesn't stop there.
Her company buys used furniture for the office whenever possible and uses a paperless ordering system. Most of the out-of-office business is conducted in a hybrid car. And all office paper, ink cartridges, batteries, light bulbs, packing and shipping materials and newspapers are recycled.
"We're a small company and yet, if everyone contributed a little bit to the environment, we can make it a better place," Acosta says.
Acosta, who moved to the area in 2007, first started making soaps as a hobby. The soaps she had been using were too dry for her skin, she says. After doing more research, she realized what went into some soaps and decided to try making her own. Soon friends and family wanted to try them.
Now she sells her White Pear soaps at several Triangle stores, including The Cotton Company in Wake Forest, the Shops of Baileywick in North Raleigh and Twig in Chapel Hill.