8 reasons why bars are better than bottles
How many empty bottles have you disposed of in your lifetime?
Humans produce almost 20,000 plastic bottles every second and just 7% of those collected are turned into new bottles. That means even the one's you've taken the time to wash and recycle probably didn't get a second life.
We're not here to play the blame game. Unfortunately, our current system makes it almost impossible to live plastic-free. But there's one thing you can do today to make a small, positive impact:
Here are 8 reasons why you should switch from bottles to bars.
You're not paying for water with bars
Most liquid products are 60-95% water. Yep, you read that correctly. Water (or aqua) is usually the first ingredient listed on a bottle ingredient list because it's the highest ingredient by volume. Stop paying for water and buy the active ingredients in a bar instead.
No water = no synthetic preservatives
Water is often used in formulations as a cheap base. However, water encourages bacteria and mould growth which is why liquid products must contain preservatives. Popular cosmetic preservatives include:
- Parabens - the synthetic preservative with a bad reputation. This is due to a study that found concentrations of methylparaben in breast tumors. While this research didn't prove that parabens can cause cancer, it led to many buyers looking for products without paraben preservatives.
- Formaldehyde - this stuff isn't just used to embalm dead bodies, formaldehyde is used as a preservative in liquid personal care products too. It's officially listed as a carcinogen (known to cause cancer).
- Isothiazolinones - also known as Kanthon, was named the 2013 Allergen of the Year. Methylisothiazolinone is widely used as preservative in personal care products and has been credited with causing an epidemic of allergic contact dermatitis.
- Phenoxyethanol - this preservative has taken the place of parabens after they became an unpopular additive. Phenoxyethanol may cause central nervous system damage in infants so avoid at all costs if you're pregnant, breastfeeding or using on babies and toddlers.
- Alcohols - while alcohol might not have the carcinogenic status of other synthetic preservatives, it can still have a negative impact on your body. That's because alcohol can be very drying; ironically, it's a common ingredient in moisturisers, lotions, conditioners and other products that are marketed as 'hydrating.'
Aesthetic is on point
A bunch of plastic bottles can really mess up the clean minimalist vibe you've got going on in your home. Bars take up significantly less space than bottles so they're best for small places or can easily be stashed away. It's best to keep bars away from running water to ensure they last as long as possible.
Bar soaps have a lower carbon footprint
Water is heavy so shipping around bottles that are mostly water has a much larger carbon footprint. A shampoo bar can be the equivalent of 1 to 3 bottles of shampoo. Not only is that a massive saving in plastic but also a whole lot of carbon emissions are saved during transport. It's estimated that a shampoo bar has a 92% smaller carbon footprint than a bottle of shampoo.
Zero plastic waste
The current bottle system has businesses creating plastic bottles to hold a product that's most water. Not only is this a complete rip off but these bottles are likely to wind up in landfill or even worse, the ocean. Less than 9% of plastic ever made has been recycled so claiming a plastic product is environmentally-friendly because it has the potential to be recycled is greenwashing. Ditch the plastic bottle and buy a bar instead.
Bar soaps are easy to travel with
We've all experienced that sinking feeling when opening your suitcase to find an exploded shampoo or body wash bottle. It's one of the worst things about liquid products (after the ghastly plastic bottle they come in). Packing a travel kit with shampoo, conditioner, body wash and moisturiser bars means you'll never have this problem again!
Bars soap can be multipurpose
You can use your shampoo bar as a body wash or shaving soap. A bathroom cleaning bar works just as well on the kitchen bench as it does on the bathroom sink. While different bars are formulated for different uses, many can be used for a range of purposes.
There are endless small and independent brands (like us!) creating bar products to help eco-conscious shoppers vote with their money. While some big corporations are trying to jump on the successful bar business model to make bank, they still use synthetic ingredients in their products and invest their profits into their other polluting products. Shop small and support emerging brands that truly want to make a difference.
Bars are better for your wallet, your health and the environment. Remember the simple eco living rule Stop Paying For Water and opt for plastic-free active ingredients where possible.