Soap Bottles, Shampoo Bottles - They're all just Plastic Bottles!
It is estimated that 550 million shampoo bottles end up in landfill each year in the US alone! And we get it right? You need to wash your hair and up until now, there hasn’t really been an alternative. Sure, the concept of bar soaps isn’t new at all, but with new formulas & ingredients that are geared toward different hair needs, bar shampoos are now a practical and earth-friendly alternative to commercial liquid shampoos.
In 2009, there was a Swiss study, that looked into the difference in carbon footprint between the production of bar soaps and liquid soaps. The study concluded that the carbon footprint of liquid soaps is 25% greater per wash than bar soaps. It was also found that liquid soaps require 5 times more energy to create and 20 times more energy to package in a plastic bottle (compared to bar soaps which are often wrapped in paper or cardboard). Plus, with liquid soap, many of us use more per wash than we would if it were in a bar. The simple fact is that bar soap works just as effectively as liquid soap, without the negative impacts on the environment.
Our favourite shampoos are causing unknown harm as well. We may leave the shower feeling beautiful and clean with our new silky smooth hair, but what we’re leaving behind is a wash of chemicals now let loose into our waterways, contaminating as it goes. Commercial shampoos are filled with unnatural ingredients, many of which are not needed to clean our hair. These chemicals are toxic to animals and plants, and shocking we know this because the cosmetic industry to still largely unopposed to animal testing!
Better For Your Skin and Hair
Bar Soaps come in loads of different shapes, sizes, scents and ingredients. Whatever type of skin you have whether it’s sensitive or normal you will be able to find a bar soap to suit you. We particularly love bar soaps that are made from natural ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter or scented with peppermint and lavender.
So the next time you run out of soap or shampoo, why not try a bar instead of a bottle! It’s the little changes we make that contribute the most, so challenge yourself this #plasticfreejuly.