Your shower habits can have a positive impact on the environment by swapping out single-use plastic packaged shower and shave products for bars of soap.
What you can do
Choose to refuse plastic-packaged bathroom supplies, including shower gel.
How you can do it
Making the switch from shower gel to bars of soap is an easy way to reduce consumption of single-use plastics. Bar soaps come in different blends to suit body washing, face wash, shampoo and shaving, so your line-up of bottles may become a line-up of bars.
Some people also go one step further and check the ingredients of the soap to ensure they don’t contain palm oil, which contributes to deforestation.
Bar soap can often be purchased without packaging, especially in bulk food, health, and organic stores. Alternatively, many suppliers use cardboard to package their soap which can be thrown in the compost once used.
Taking the next steps
Making your own soap is pretty easy to do, and is a rewarding way to avoid waste. There are plenty of recipes online, and once you’ve got the hang of it you can start experimenting with different scents and ingredients.
There may also be events in your local community sharing how to make your own soap. If there’s not, it might be a great opportunity for you to share your soap recipes!