Fire update & Brisbane Eco Expo this weekend


You've probably heard about the devastating fires in the region over the past week. It started on Friday night with a fire burning near Stanthorpe that singed the edge of town and then burnt through the hills behind the high school. It crossed the highway several times. Three houses were lost and many other structures. The Rural Fire Brigade did an amazing job saving more from being damaged. 

Photo by Amanda Mckettrick

Photo by Amanda Mckettrick - the hills behind Stanthorpe on Friday night.

Then on Monday afternoon, a fire started right across the road from us here at Ballandean. Luckily there were so many firefighters still in the region and the water-bombing aircraft could act immediately. It was blowing away from us, and thankfully the fire brigade was able to get it under control again before any houses were lost.

Our community had an amazing response with people helping those who had to evacuate and those who lost houses, and volunteers setting up cooking stations to feed the firefighters and emergency services. 

Our volunteer firefighters are such amazing people. They haven't slept much in the past week and they take time out of their own businesses and jobs and farms to defend the community. If you'd like to donate to support our firefighters (they are not fully government-funded) you can donate via the Rural Fire Brigades Association website.

Many thanks to our local Ballandean brigade leader Graham Parker for your hard work over the last few days. Graham happens to be using some of his recovery time today to print our labels for Eco Expo - his day job.

And thank you to you, our customers, for ensuring that we continue to have secure, meaningful work during this time of drought and fire.

Throughout this whole drama we've been encouraged to see your orders coming in.  Despite everything that's going, on it's gratifying to know that our work is secure, thanks to our loyal customer support.  Our family and staff get together to commiserate, share information, encourage and share resources while making, wrapping and shipping your orders. Your purchases really do make a difference. 


We're madly packing for the Brisbane Eco Expo this weekend! We're taking limited supplies and mostly low packaging/no plastic options - so if you are attending and would like your regular products please order online by midnight tonight and you can save postage by choosing pickup at the Expo as your shipping option.

We have several free double passes to give away - just reply to this email and we'll give them out to the first people who reply.

Book online and use the code YES2ECO to save 30% on your ticket price. You'll also get free public transport to the event!
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Lovely review of the month from Shannon! Shannon tried our Sleep Easy Bath Bomb & gave it 5 stars:

What a delight! 
"I couldn’t wait to treat myself to a bath with this gem. It was so aromatic that my skin was smelling divine for hours afterward as well as being super smooth! I’ll definitely be exploring more bath bombs in the range."

Every month one reviewer will be chosen randomly & awarded a $20 credit in their Washpool account.

Each review you make will give you an extra chance in the draw, and Reviews made during the previous month are eligible.


The pictures above - Ballandean RFS Crew Leader Aaron Cox had just saved his own home from a fast-moving bushfire on Monday when his wife Bindi captured this powerful moment.

Her words to him - “I know you think this photo makes you look vulnerable but in that moment we both felt this.”

The Washpool Difference

Washpool is a small rural soaperie in Ballandean, Queensland. We believe in being small enough to listen and being big enough to deliver. We believe in hand made and we take pleasure in providing meaningful employment to people living in our rural community. 

We take a minimalist approach to handcrafting our soap bars. Wholesome ingredients, purposefully selected. We believe that health comes first and beauty follows. Our 
clients value authenticity, simplicity and purity.

Wherever possible, we choose to source our ingredients locally, often direct from the growers.  When we purchase ingredients from further afield we place great emphasis on using ethical, organic, fair trade and sustainably produced raw ingredients. Our packaging is biodegradable, recycled and recyclable where possible.

Our products include cold pressed edible oils,
butters and milks, extracts, infusions, activated and whole botanicals along with clays, honey, fruit and vegetables. Basically, ingredients
you can recognise, most of which are edible.

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Each review you make during the month will give you an extra chance in the draw. Reviews made during the previous month are eligible.

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