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A soap with a story inside.

BirdProject soaps benefit environmental cleanup + care of animals affected by the BP oil spill disaster

In response to the 2010 BP Oil Spill, Tippy Tippens moved from New York to New Orleans and debuted The BirdProject. These black, handmade bird soaps made from local ingredients wash away to reveal an elegant, white ceramic keepsake inside. Healthy for the user and the planet, Tippens puts environmental recovery solutions into her customers’ hands. Bird soap sales have donated $23,000 and counting to the Gulf Restoration Network and International Bird Rescue.

Tippens is recognized for her work as a design entrepreneur creating transformational consumer products that kick back to social-environmental causes. Her company Matter, Inc., was the first Benefit Corporation in the state of Louisiana, and she was recently selected as one of GOOD Magazine’s GOOD 100, which honors 100 incredible people moving the world forward through “doing.”

"No matter what we're working on, our products look to give more than they take, by giving back beyond the years of their utility and creating deeper meaning for basic objects,” says Tippens.


Matter, Inc., is a social change design company based in New Orleans that unites eco- intelligence, creativity, and innovative philanthropy. A portion of all proceeds flow to causes that connect health, happiness, and sustainability. They make the world a better place by creating products and collaborations that matter.

“The idea for BirdProject is so simple yet resonant, that of darkness washing away to something flawless and beautiful. We see this first hand all the time at International Bird Rescue. Birds that come to us covered in oil and thick tar get a second chance when they’re thoroughly washed and nursed back to health. We are so grateful for our partnership with BirdProject. This is a company that walks the walk, and knows exactly what we mean when we say, “Every Bird Matters.” -- International Bird Rescue

Left: Tippy Tippens volunteering at the National Audubon Society Handmade ceramic birds
Left: Tippy Tippens volunteering at the National Audubon Society Handmade ceramic birds
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Birdproject Soap
Birdproject Soap
$28
BirdProject - Lovebirds Edition
sold out
BirdProject - Lovebirds Edition
$32
BirdProject - Beau Ciel Bleu
BirdProject - Beau Ciel Bleu
$34