Shampoo bars look similar to a bar of hand soap and are the latest trend in eco-friendly hair care products. Using a bar to wash your hair can be a great way to reduce your carbon footprint while improving health and hygiene. It may take your hair some time to adjust to it, but there are a lot of good reasons why you should consider making this sustainable swap.
1. Less plastic waste
A huge problem for our environment is plastic pollution. Around 40% of the plastic waste is from discarded packaging. And according to Johnson & Johnson, some 552 million shampoo bottles end up in landfills only in the US alone each year! Using shampoo bars will reduce this waste. Most bars come wrapped in paper, which is recyclable and biodegradable.
2. Lasts longer
Shampoo bars are concentrated, and one bar will last you as long as three bottles of liquid shampoo. Why pay for water when you can add it in yourself? The bars will save you money and trips to the store.
3. Natural ingredients
Most bottled shampoos are filled with toxic chemicals, preservatives, parabens, SLS, formaldehyde, and artificial fragrances. These ingredients can irritate your scalp and strip your hair of natural oil.
Most shampoo bars are made from natural ingredients, including essential oils, that don’t strip hair of natural oils. The chemical-free shampoo bars also promote a healthy scalp, reduce irritation and allergic skin reactions.
4. Avoid water pollution
Unfortunately, a large part of the wastewater is polluted with residues from soaps, shampoos, or other cosmetic products, which find their way into the natural environment, resulting in significant water pollution.
The residues of the shampoo bars are only natural substances. When they go down the drain and out into the environment, they will not harm plants or animals.
5. Zero waste
Shampoo bars are a zero waste product. The bar is used until it’s completely gone, and the packaging is biodegradable. There’s nothing to put in the trash.
6. Vegan friendly
Traditional bottled shampoo can contain animal-derived chemicals also because they are cheaper. One example is keratin which comes from the hair and horns of animals. Most shampoo bars are free of all animal by-products.
7. Easier traveling
Airport security requires a limit on the number of liquid products travelers can pack in their luggage. Shampoo bars are not limited, plus they won’t spill and ruin the contents of your luggage.
The smaller size also makes them space-saving for home storage. When stored in a small linen closet or bathroom cabinet, the bars smell great and can double as a natural air freshener.
A shampoo bar costs less in the long term, takes up less space, is better for your hair, is eco-friendly and vegan-friendly, made from natural ingredients, and produces zero waste.
Are you ready to ditch the shampoo bottle for a shampoo bar?