Now that we’ve wised up to the eco-benefits of reusable coffee flasks and water bottles, it’s about time we addressed the waste that comes with washing our hair.
It's no secret that our plastic use is out of control.
The equivalent of a garbage truck of plastic is dumped into the ocean every minute. If it continues at this rate by 2050 the amount of plastic in the ocean will outweigh the fish.
While there are many industries accountable for the damaging effect our plastic use has on the environment, research has shown that more than 120 billion units of packaging are produced each by global cosmetics industries, most of which is not recyclable. In addition to this, plastic can take up to 500 years to decompose in landfill sites, meaning every bit of waste counts.
Alas, it's not all bad, especially if we're all willing to make #onesmallchange to rid the environment of our debris. Like, for instance, cutting back on packaging from shampoos in favour of a handy bar.
Without the need for synthetic bottles, shampoo bars are sturdy and convenient. And as the summer months are approaching, they’re perfect for the 100ml liquid limit when travelling.
The average number of bar uses is the equivalent to around three bottles of liquid shampoo, meaning the repurchase rate is low, benefitting both the planet and your wallet. As well as replacing bulky single-use plastic bottles, most shampoo soap bars are free from drying preservatives and harsh sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), making them kinder to your hair.
Whether washing your hair represents a moment of me-time or is a struggle with the detangling brush, either way, it can now be done in a much more sustainable fashion.
How To Use:
Just as you would when washing your hands. Work up the foam and then apply directly to your wet hair. Some recommend applying the bar direct and rubbing it into the strands, but I prefer the former technique for ease. Admittedly, the application takes some getting used to, but they do lather up surprisingly well. Just be sure to thoroughly rinse the formula out as there can be some waxy residue left over.
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However, it is worth noting that shampoo bars aren't the best when contending with days of greasy built-up. The bars cut through daily grime perfectly but if you're a dry shampoo 6 days a week kind of girl, they don't offer the deep cleanse your hair needs. When you’re looking for a quick clean.
Where To Buy:
Coconutty Soapnut Shampoo Bar, €7.50, Little Green Shop
Honey I Washed My Hair, €9.55, Lush
Lavender & Geranium Shampoo Bar, €3, Friendly Soap
Hydrating Shampoo Bar with Aloe Vera, €18, Christope Robin @ Space NK
Foamie Shampoo Bar Floral Flair, €9, Boots
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