The goal this year and going forward is to find the best tips and tricks to decrease our individual carbon footprints, to play our part in reducing the use of single-use plastic and to do our bit for the environment.
Did you know that close to 552 million shampoo bottles ending up in landfills every year? That’s almost an unfathomable number. Did you also know that most plastic bottles are completely recyclable but we chose to throw them away instead of responsibly disposing of them?
When you’re standing in the shower every morning or evening, take a look at all of the plastic that you’re surrounded by, be curious and ask yourself where they end up when you’re done with them.
Why don’t we recycle?
I understand that we can’t be too quick to judge. There are many reasons why people don’t recycle. In some places of the world, there aren’t good recycling systems and the governments don’t put enough importance on recycling.
This is where it’s important that those who do understand the need to recycle take the issue up with their representatives and take action to make it known that the environment is something they want more of on the agenda.
Otherwise, people are very busy in their day to day lives. To the point where they don’t really have time to think that something as simple and every day as a shampoo and conditioner bottle needs their attention as well.
In my opinion, that’s not a good excuse anymore. It’s no longer ok to say that we’re too busy to think about our environment.
And I’m going to be very honest with you because I was guilty of this too! I thought that because I was eating healthy, not eating meat, using bamboo toothbrushes and metal straws, I didn’t have to look any further.
I learnt that there was more I could be doing. Doing more doesn’t mean your life will get any more complicated. Making the necessary changes was as easy as stepping out of my front door on the day I know the recycling van is going to come along.
It’s only by continuing to talk about the issue that we’re going to be able to make little changes, one little plastic bottle at a time.
What’s the solution?
No one person can do it all, no one is perfect, but we can try our best. And part of that best includes separating our recycling and making sure that plastic bottles go to a place where they can be properly recycled.
Please recycle your shampoo bottles.
Or even better, get rid of senseless plastic altogether and swap to shampoo and conditioner bars.
What are shampoo bars?
Shampoo and conditioner bars are solid plastic-free bars (like soap bars) that are made from a range of natural ingredients. They contain natural oils, butters and essentials oils that clean and nourish your hair in the same way a liquid shampoo does, but with fewer chemicals. Not to forget the incredible scents they come in.
They usually come in a paper wrapping or cardboard box which is then easily recycled. You can also buy a tin holder which makes it easier to store and carry around.
If you order some online they may come with some packing peanuts. Fun facts about packing peanuts: most of them are made from cornstarch. So, if you’re looking for a way to dispose of them, pile them all into the kitchen sink, run some warm water over them and watch them dissolve away.
Lush Shampoo & Conditioner bars
I recently made the swap to the Lush shampoo and conditioner bars and so far I’m enjoying using them. The shampoo bar lathers very well when you massage it into your scalp and the scents fill up the whole bathroom and just put me in an incredible mood.
When it comes to the conditioner, seeing as I have curly hair, I do tend to prefer a strong conditioner and this may not be as strong as I like it. It does the trick to detangle my hair but I usually leave some conditioner in after a wash to keep my hair soft and I can’t really do it with this product. But it’s something I’m willing to work around and find new techniques if it means being a little bit kinder to the environment.
Another reason why most people may not be keen to try the bars is that compared to liquid shampoos and conditioners they are more expensive. I’d recommend at least trying it out once and seeing whether it is something that you believe is worth your money.
When using the lush bars at home, I’d recommend not leaving them in the metal tins too long because they may melt. Keeping them on a soap stand is probably your best option.
However, they’re so easy to carry around when you travel, they don’t take up much space on your bathroom shelves and they don’t make that earth-shattering noise when they land on your shower floor.
Have you tried shampoo and conditioner bars? If so what did you think?
Let me know in the comments what other sustainability tips you’ve been implementing!
Sit back, grab some Oreos and let’s see what life has to offer us next,