The Alternative To Plastic Shampoo Bottles
Whilst companies throughout the UK strive to create recyclable plastic shampoo bottles, the clear consensus is that it's not working.
Plastic production and the subsequent waste derived from plastic use, despite the fact that plastic bottles can be recyclable, is devastating our planet.
Fortunately, we do have an eco-option available to us: shampoo bars.
What are shampoo bars?
Simply put, shampoo bars are a solid form of shampoo as opposed to the liquid form commonly sold throughout the UK.
As liquid shampoo contains up go 80% water content, shampoo bars last much longer due to being highly concentrated.
Being in a solid form also allows us to use far less ingredients and preservatives commonly found in liquid shampoo, making the bars 100% natural in its contents.
What makes shampoo bars eco-friendly?
For every shampoo bar purchased, you'll be saving 3 plastic bottles from being created. Currently, there are 520 million shampoo bottles being thrown away each year in the UK. Change starts with individuals pivoting in regards to their buying habits.
You'll also find that many of the larger shampoo companies use palm oil in their products. Palm oil has a devastating effect on the planet.
With links to deforestation and destruction of habitats for endangered animals like tigers and orangutans, we all need to be more conscious of our choices when it comes to beauty and wellness products and the ingredients found in them.
Whilst palm oil can be sourced sustainably, many of the larger corporations choose not to as it affects their profits.
Where can you buy shampoo bars?
Shampoo bars are hard to find in the UK market. Whilst the major players in the supermarket industry do stock them, they often place them on shelves rarely looked at (there's actually science behind this) and you can forget about having them recommended to you whilst grocery shopping online.
But why make it so difficult for consumers to purchase these products that are far more eco-friendly than liquid shampoo packaged in a plastic bottle?
The answer is simple - they're not as profitable to sell. As we've touched upon above, shampoo bars last much longer than liquid shampoo due to their low water content and mega-concentration.
Why sell a product that's going to last much longer when you could sell the same thing 3 or 4 times in the same period?
Let's look at an example...
If you washed your hair 3 times a week using a 500ml bottle of Pantene shampoo, you would pay just over £15 over the course of the year and use up 3 plastic bottles.
On the other hand, using the same metrics, a goBambu shampoo bar would cost you around £5 over the course of the year whilst using 0 plastic bottles.
In essence, the longer a product lasts, the less money a retailer makes.
If you're interested in making the switch to plastic-free, you can purchase one of our shampoo bars which come in 4 different fragrances. As a small business, we always appreciate your support. Of course, you can find other shampoo bars with a quick Google search if we don't have a fragrance that suits you.
If you're in the mood to play detective, your local supermarket should have some in stock...somewhere!