Why is bar soap more eco friendly?
Look around your shower, how much plastic is sitting there? For the most part, there is a thick plastic bottle for shampoo, body wash, conditioner, and any other products you might be using. If you’re looking to make some eco-conscious changes, one easy area is to swap to an eco friendly soap brand. After all, 40% of the plastic produced is for packaging.
There are multiple companies that now sell soap that doesn’t come packaged in plastic. I know, some of you may not like bar soap, but it really is the greener option as there isn’t a cheap and widely available option to stop using plastic for liquid soap.
Ideally, you would head to a local store such as lush to get some eco friendly bar soap that is packaged in paper, but if that isn’t an option you can get it online.
Here are the best options available at the moment.
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I subscribed to Cleancult for some time and did a review on them earlier. Cleancult has very simple but great smelling products and they are usually just naturally lemon or orange-scented.
Cleancult’s mission is to reduce plastic packaging and if you subscribe you receive glass containers to refill. The refills for soap, laundry detergent, and dish detergent come in either paper mailers or cartons. You can see their subscription options on their website if you’re interested in swapping all of your cleaning supplies for eco friendly options.
The eco friendly soap does its job and it is good for sensitive skin. There are almost 200 reviews done by others that rate this product a 4.6 out of 5.
- Made naturally
- Fragrance is natural
- Eco friendly packaging
- Only one bar for $6 (although it lasts pretty long)
Ethique’s core mission was to create a beauty brand that is zero waste and does not use plastic packaging, and they hold true to their values. They even did one of those things where they plant a tree for every bar sold. Their eco friendly soap is great for sensitive skin and smells like orange and vanilla. They also sell a bar shampoo and conditioner. The soap is also rated well by others with a 4.3 out of 5.
- Great orange vanilla scent
- Good for sensitive skin
- No plastic
- Plants trees for every bar sold
- Expensive for one bar
We have a lush store about an hour away from us in a mall. Every now and then we stop in to grab some bath bombs or bar soaps, which are mostly package free aside from some paper. Ideally you would get it from a local store if possible, but if that isn’t an option you can order from their website linked above.
Lush is a luxury cosmetics brand that has an ethical charter detailing how they will sell products naked, or with the most minimal packaging possible. The soaps can range anywhere from about four dollars up to ten dollars.
- Cruelty free
- Naked (or minimal) packaging
- Tons of options
- They all smell great
- You might have a local brick and mortar location
- Can be expensive, but you can. buy bar soap for as little as four dollars
Overall, it is best to get bar soap locally that has minimal packaging, but these are some great options from Cleancult, Ethique, and Lush.
Each of these soap brands have committed to removing plastic waste from the cleaning & cosmetic industries, so your dollars are going to a good cause.
If you enjoyed this review, check out my other review on biodegradable garbage bags!
Leave a comment below or contact us if you have a favorite eco friendly soap brand!