WASH. YOUR. HANDS.
We are now well into a pandemic, and you are likely aware that, among other measures recommended to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, we are all supposed to increase our hand-washing. Experts agree that hand-washing is the most effective method in preventing the spread of infectious diseases such as coronavirus. But while everyone and their mother stockpile on hand soap, we're forgetting about one major issue: sustainability.
Liquid soap will always come in a plastic bottle and 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. That’s why, as people attempt to lessen their eco-impact or even push towards a zero-waste lifestyle, old-school bar soap is experiencing a resurgence. According to consumer experts Kantar Worldpanel sales of barred soaps increased by almost 3 per cent in the UK last year – and up to 7 per cent in upmarket stores.
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The growing awareness of the state of the planet and the many tonnes of plastic dumped in our oceans has consumers seeking more eco-friendly product alternatives. Even better, the new generation, for face, hair and body soaps are not the drying slabs of old. This lot are full of nourishing, soothing ingredients, offering efficacy as well as convenience.
If you want to hit the bar, here are some to check out.
shop best soap bars:
Ambre Nue Soap, €20, Atelier Cologne
Grapefruit + Irish Moss (seaweed) Soap, €6.95, Handmade Soap Company
Soapless Facial Cleansing Bar, €47.37, Sisley
Milk Shea Butter Extra Gentle Soap, €10, L’Occitane
Juju Bar, €26.75, Drunk Elephant
Hydrating Shampoo Bar with Aloe Vera, €19.50, Christophe Robin
Shampoo Bars, from €8.36, Lush
Cloud Bar, €22, Joanna Vargas
Bath Bar, €30, Rodin
Lime Basil & Mandarin Soap, €16, Jo Malone
Pink Clay Cleansing Soap Bar, €11.15, Herbivore
The Nº5 Bath Soap, €27, Chanel
Lemongrass & Wild Jasmine Luxury Soap, €12, Jo Brown
Lipikar Moisturising Cleansing Bar, €6.99, La Roche-Posay
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