Oh my goodness. Shampoo aisles are teeming with plastic bottles. Their life span is too short (~6 months) and their fragments, once discarded, last for centuries:
There’s another way: shampoo bars!
Not all of these are created equal. I’ve tried two so far:
- Great sample sizes
- Excellent bamboo container for your bars that protects and enables them to air dry easily so you can avoid the “soap slime” blues
- Assortment of scents and bars for hair types
- Left my colored hair dull and lifeless
- Not easy to lather
- Samples disappeared quickly
- Amazing scent!!
- Tin recyclable containers
- Easy to lather
- Unbreathable containers increase the “soap slime” factor
- Heavily scented…hazardous to health?
When you’re done with your bottles, rinse them out and take them to your local PCC, Recology store or bulk grocer (I love Central Co-Op on Capital Hill in Seattle). Fill it up with a bulk brand shampoo or other useful bulk soap product, like dish soap! Castille soap is a cool option as you can customize the scent by adding drops of essential oil. I’m down to my last shampoo bottle and will be reusing it – with its handy pump – for dish soap when it’s empty! The way I see it, I can toss it and hope it gets recycled, but there’s a very real chance it won’t (over 40% of plastic is used just once), so I think I’ll let my bottle hang out for awhile and work for me. 💪