Ban plastic bottles from your bathroom
Have you considered buying bar soaps, shampoo and conditioner rather than liquid body wash, shampoo, and conditioner in plastic containers?
70 years of plastics innovation comes at an environmental cost. Did you know?
- There have been 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics produced since 1950.
- 70% of plastics have become waste, and 90% of plastics are still in existence.
- Plastic containers might be recycled, but more than likely, they will become plastic pollution that is seeping into our environment, causing harm to our health and environment.
- Packaging, including for items like body wash, shampoo, and conditioner, accounts for 45% of plastics and quickly becomes waste.
When we throw plastic away or even recycle it, it doesn’t disappear. If it is recyclable and makes it to a recycling center, it is usually downcycled- made into a less recyclable product. Most of it doesn’t get that far.
Just like with cancer, the plastics industry has known since 1966 that there was evidence of plastic pollution in animals. Since 2003, publicity about the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean has helped bring the harmful impacts of plastic waste into public consciousness. The manufacturing of plastic containers for cosmetics can create dangerous health hazards for those workers in the petrochemical plants.
Ethical companies produce a plethora of eco-friendly soaps, shampoos and conditioners available in bar form with zero plastic packaging. Our sisters and partners have been testing some out, and you can find a few they like on our Recommended Sustainable Products webpage. Of course, you can search the web and find myriad options for different hair types and preferences as well.