Students make commemorative guava soaps 頭城國中幸福皂 紀念品超夯

Tue, Jul 09, 2013 - Page 11

Toucheng Junior High School is using guava leaves and guavas from a large guava farm situated next to the school to make all-natural “happy soaps” by hand. With a limited supply, the soaps are being given away free of charge, and have become a unique souvenir for those lucky enough to receive them.

The land where the school sits was originally called “Guava Forest” in Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese). Many guava trees grow in the area surrounding the school, either planted by local fruit farmers or growing wild. The school principal Lien Chih-feng says that teachers at the school started thinking about how to create something special that would make the school stand out. After deciding to consolidate local resources — guava, they started making guava soaps and gave them the name “Happy I Soap You.” The soaps come in long slender shapes, soaps that can be hung up and flower-shaped soaps.

Lien says that the “happy soaps” made by the school are completely natural. They do not add any chemicals and the leaves are taken from wild guava trees, so there is not any pesticide residue on the leaves, he says.

The school spent two months last year making more than 200 bars of “happy soap,” which the school gives away to visitors or teachers on Teachers’ Day as gifts.

This year the school will continue making “happy soaps” and also try to come up with packaging designs to make the soaps more attractive, but they are still not considering selling the soaps, Lien says.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

頭城國中附近有大片芭樂園,學校利用在地資源,用芭樂葉、芭樂果實做成純天然、不加化學成分的手工「幸福皂」,數量有限只送不賣,成了頭城國中最有特色的紀念贈品,備受歡迎。

頭城國中所在地早年稱為「芭樂林」(台語),學校周邊仍有許多果農栽種或野生的芭樂樹;校長連志峰說,去年老師思考如何發展屬於學校的特色,決定結合在地資源「芭樂」,自己動手製作成芭樂皂,並取名為「幸福我皂你」,有長條、懸掛及花式等多款造型。

連志峰說,頭城國中自製的「幸福皂」,純天然不摻任何化學原料,甚至芭樂葉也都採自野生芭樂樹,不會有農藥殘留問題。

頭城國中去年花了兩個月時間,製作兩百多個「幸福皂」,學校拿來做為獨特禮品,贈送給來訪貴賓,或當教師節禮物。

連志峰說,今年學校會繼續製作「幸福皂」,並思考做包裝及造型設計,看起來會更有質感,但暫時仍不考慮對外販售。

(自由時報記者胡健森)