Pupils’ clean, green initiative

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JACK.CONROY@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

Champu is the product, and Champu is the company.

What is it, and who are they?

It is the new shampoo and conditioning bar in plastic-free, biodegradable packaging, from the South Otago High School Young Enterprise group of 2019.

“It’s made with goat’s milk and essential oils that nourish your hair,” project initiator Faith Batt said.

“It has no nasty chemicals, and you just lather it up like soap.”

Faith’s teacher John Douglas urged her to take part in the Young Enterprise programme.

When asked why she thought he had asked her, she said: “I don’t know really. I guess I’m a nerd. I like the idea of creating a product and putting it on to the market.”

Faith pulled in six other SOHS pupils who put their heads together and came up with the environmentally-friendly hygiene product.

“There were a bunch of different ideas discussed, like a recipe book and other things. But after getting out there and talking to people we realised the shampoo was the best idea.”

With guidance from Shand Thomson accountant Tim Bathgate, the team contacted different companies to see who could manufacture their vision.

They decided to stay local, with Balclutha-based Simplenakedsoap.

“We’re really happy with how it’s turned out.”

The group will now sell the products, and the proceeds will go towards a “clean-up Clutha” campaign.

Mr Douglas, another mentor for the group, will receive recognition for a big achievement at a ceremony in Wellington in September.

He had been co-ordinating the Young Enterprise programme at SOHS for 39 years.

“It’s just a fantastic exercise,” Mr Douglas said.

“You take a random bunch of students and you teach them about working in a group. They learn how to take initiative and reach out to manufacturers and customers.

“I love being a part of it.”

You can buy your own bar of Champu by going to the @yechampu Facebook page and placing an order.