Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose

I have always had a love for taking something used or thrown away and making it into something useful. In the fall of 2005, I became interested in the idea of making diesel fuel out of used vegetable oil. I started out with a 1978 Mercedes 240D, a hot water heater, a few 55 gallon drums, and some used restaurant fryer oil and the rest is history, as they say. It soon became apparent that the glycerin byproduct from the fuel process held another opportunity. I began making glycerin soap for personal use. It seemed natural to share this soap with family and friends. The response to both the skin softening and the cleaning properties was extremely positive. In fact, I often heard the phrase, "You should make and sell this soap".

That was the start of Full Cycle Soap. It is produced by hand at a small scale shop in Livingston County near the Finger Lakes region of Western New York. All the oil is collected from local restaurant owners, who are glad to have their waste put to good use. They now enjoy using "Full Cycle Soap" for kitchen cleanup.

Bob Abbey