Zero Waste: Shampoo Bars

Zero Waste: Shampoo Bars

Last November, I ordered our first shampoo and conditioner bars.

These Ethique bars come in biodegradable boxes and are cruelty free, sustainably sourced, fair trade, palm-oil free and plant- based.

Are they cost effective?

I was curious to see how long the bars would last because I paid a whopping $33.20 for them. With my husband and I both using them exclusively, the shampoo bar ran out in the beginning of March – so basically four months. The conditioner bar is still going strong five months later.

Note: I also purchased the shower container [pictured above] to store them in because they logically need to be kept out of the water in order to last longer. The container is also biodegradable. 👍🏻

I’m honestly not quite sure whether these bars save money because I’ve never kept track of how many bottles of shampoo I was buying or how long they were lasting or how many washes I was getting out of them.

Then why switch?

Well, let me tell you…

Whether shampoo bars save money is not really the issue. I don’t use them because they save me money. I use them because they save a TON of plastic.

80 billion plastic bottles are thrown out around the world each year from shampoo and conditioners alone.

Plastic bottles take 400 years to breakdown – and will NEVER decompose.

8 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year.

So, the answer to “why” is simply that we have a responsibility to this planet that we enjoy so much. And plastic is literally destroying it.

Bars are also less wasteful in general. With bottles, there is no measuring device that keeps you from wasting the product. In fact, I’m pretty confident [now that I’m using bars] that I’ve been using way too much shampoo for years. With a bar, you run it over your hair [or in your hands, as my husband prefers] and then lather and rinse. You’re not pouring an unspecified amount into your hands.

When our shampoo bar ran out, we got a bar from Lush – another great ethical company that produces cruelty-free, sustainable bath products.

Not very exciting to look at, but I actually like this bar a little better, though it is more expensive per ounce than the Ethique bar. It lathers like a dream and works great. Lush also has brick and mortar stores in the US so you don’t have to have them shipped to you. My husband conveniently works in a mall with a Lush location which makes these super sustainable and convenient.

Have you tried shampoo bars? Any recommended brands?

Happy hair washing!

🧼 🧼 🧼

Karis

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