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Erin Zaikis
Erin Zaikis is the founder of Sundara, a New York City based soap company and social enterprise with a mission to do good.

Sundara soap sales fund hygiene education and infrastructure projects for underserved communities around the world, with a focus on reducing preventable-hygiene related deaths in countries like Ghana, Haiti and India.

Erin was awarded the "Go Giver" Title by the Huffington Post and has been recognized by the Boston Globe for her work. She is also an activist for localized soap recycling, having given a Tedx talk on the subject.

Entries by Erin Zaikis

The Man who Turns Hotel Trash into Treasure

(5) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Where some people see trash, Stefan Phang sees opportunity.

As the Global Corporate Social Responsibility Director of Sealed Air, Phang has invented a "soap-factory-in-a-box" concept that transforms discarded bars of hotel soap into brand new ones for some of the world's poorest citizens.

He calls this program 'Soap...

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3 Things You Must Do When Taking a Major Career Leap

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 1:01 PM

Two years ago I was working a run of the mill real estate job in midtown Manhattan. Today I'm running a nonprofit that funds hygiene and sanitation programs in 4 different countries. Pretty crazy, huh?

Some of you might be pondering a drastic career leap too... but are...

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A Story of Resilience for International Women's Day

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 8:33 AM

Mary Nanyonga is a 27 year old mother of 3 in Mubende, Uganda with big dreams for the future.

Life wasn't always so easy for Mary. A few years ago, a battered, shaky Mary ran to her parents' house, fleeing years at the hands of abusive husband. Her husband was...

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5 Facts About Vision in America That You Need to Know this World Sight Day

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 10:17 PM

1. Vision disorders are the most common disability among all American school children.

Vision issues often go undiagnosed because they can go unnoticed at general screenings during doctor's visits. To get an accurate assessment, take your child to a licensed optometrist who can conduct a comprehensive exam of your child's...

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The Milkshake That's Actually Good for You

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 1:55 PM


We all know that turmeric is healthy and full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, but it's not as easy to add in to everyday recipes as other superfoods like chia seeds or flax.

Well, fear not, I have the perfect way for...

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You Need to Try This 4-ingredient Vegan, Dairy-free Dessert

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Growing up, Jell-O was one of my favorite things about summer. Until, that is, I got a little older (and wiser) and realized I was basically eating a mouthful of chemicals.

After living in Southeast Asia for a while, I discovered the perfect tasty alternative, which I want to...

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8 Things You Never Knew Soap Could Do

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 3:39 PM


I know you've all got a spare bar of soap lying around the house. Maybe it's under the sink. Maybe it's one of those kinds you swipe from fancy hotels that's still hiding in your linen closet. Whatever the case, chances are you're...

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5 Beauty Secrets From India

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 11:57 AM

Ever notice how Indian women have glowing skin and the shiniest hair?

Well, you're not alone.

While I was living in Mumbai though, you definitely wouldn't be able to mistake me for a local. With the intense humidity, my hair had never been frizzier and my skin, so...

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