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ANNE’S PICKS: Algonquin College partners with Purple Urchin to bring Dirty Duck natural soap to local boutiques

By Anne DesBrisay

Queuing at the cash to settle up on a soup and sandwich lunch at Thyme and Again a few weeks ago, something was smelling pretty good. Competing with the pumpkin soup — no slouch in the smelling good department — was a basket of soaps, each wrapped in whimsical labels. “Natural Hand-made Soap” it read and then, in smaller print, “A product of the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Algonquin College.”

Photo by Anne DesBrisay
Photo by Anne DesBrisay

Algonquin College had gone into the admirable business of keeping us clean — and it’s getting the job done using leftovers. It began with a few teachers and students from the Algonquin culinary program wanting to reduce waste. In true nose-to-tail spirit, which seeks to use every bit of the beast (including its wasted fatty bits that are skimmed off the top of a consommé in the making, trimmings from pork roasts, fat rendered from roasting duck, and discarded chicken fat), the school has begun making soaps. (more…)