The plastic problem may feel so big it's insurmountable. But, every little truly does help when it comes to solving the issue.
So what small part can we play in tackling the estimated 120 billion units of packaging that go to waste from the beauty industry each year? Well, it could very well start in your shower.
While we seem to be getting the hang of recycling our kitchen rubbish (statistics from TerraCycle found we're recycling as much as 90% of the waste in our kitchens), we're lagging well behind when it comes to binning our bathroom products where only 50% of recyclable products are disposed of correctly.
It means, even if your shampoo bottles are made of recyclable materials, chances are that they won’t actually get recycled and will most likely end up in our oceans as part of the 13 million tonnes of plastic dumped in there each year.
Needless to say, the consequences of plastic pollution are detrimental to fish and marine life, as well as humans.
If the eco warrior inside you is keen to save the planet and enhance your beauty regime simultaneously, it's time to add a shampoo bar to your beauty arsenal.
Not only do shampoo bars last much longer than an average bottle of shampoo (one bar is equivalent to around three bottles of normal shampoo), but by buying one shampoo bar, you are saving three plastic bottles from being used. Why? Because there's absolutely no plastic packaging used and because they're much smaller in size, more units can be crammed into lorries, thus reducing your carbon footprint.
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Discussing the benefits of bars, Lush, who are among some of the shampoo bar innovators, say: "Taking something that’s traditionally a liquid into a solid, like we’ve done with shampoo bars, results in huge benefits for both the environment and the customer.
"Our solid shampoos have entirely eliminated the need for plastic bottles to store or distribute a liquid product, reducing their environmental impact enormously and saving tons of plastic from ever being produced or entering landfills. In fact, because they’re solid and self-contained, our shampoo bars don’t require any packaging at all, and we take pride in selling them naked, without a stitch of wrapping.
"These mighty bars may be small, but they’ve got an impressive lathering ability that makes them incredibly long-lasting. Most people only need two to three strokes across their wet hair to get a rich foam going, so each bar lasts about 80 washes—that’s the equivalent of two or three 8 fl oz bottles of liquid shampoo!
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"Their natural spill-proof nature makes shampoo bars convenient for toting to the gym or throwing in your carry-on bag. And because they’re so compact, you’ll have even more space in your bag than you bargained for."
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