We all like our creature comforts, and that’s also why no-one likes it when they run out of their favourite personal care product, be that shampoo, deodorant or toothpaste. So the idea of completely switching up the type of product you use can cause more anxiety.
Most people (at least those that aren’t following the #no poo movement), still use liquid shampoos and conditioners. However, there are a growing array of haircare products in solid form that are just as effective and also much better for planet earth.
What are Solid Shampoo Bars?
Solid shampoo bars are an eco-friendly and sustainable alternative to traditional liquid shampoos. They are made with natural ingredients, often with zero-waste packaging, and are free from harsh chemicals that can damage your hair and the environment. They are also a convenient option for those who travel frequently, as they can be easily transported without any concerns about leaks or spills.
Benefits of Using Solid Shampoo Bars:
- No plastic
- Zero Waste Packaging
- Natural Ingredients
Liquid shampoos are a waste of space - literally!
The largest proportion of the contents of bottled liquid shampoo is plain old water. Transporting products in liquid form is not only a more energy-consuming process, but it is also a wasteful one. By using solid concentrated personal care products instead, manufacturers and retailers can save energy and reduce their carbon footprint. Solid concentrate products far less water, which means that companies can transport more product with fewer resources and reduce their environmental harm.
Solid shampoo and conditioner bars offer better value
Solid shampoos are more concentrated than liquid shampoos, so whilst a large bottle of liquid shampoo may seem like good value for money, the same amount of solid shampoo will go further. Furthermore, solid shampoo bars last longer than liquid shampoo bottles, meaning you get more bang for your buck.
To give you an idea of what it means in practice, a 100g solid shampoo bar used every day by someone with shorter hair could easily last up to 3-4 months or 1-2 months for someone with longer hair. This is roughly the same length of time that 1000ml of liquid shampoo, which at roughly 10x the volume and weight, is more costly and damaging to the environment to transport.
With bars ranging from £7-9 there is also a clear economic benefit to making the switch to solid shampoo bars. They may seem slightly more expensive when compared to traditional smaller shampoo bottles at the time of purchase, but they last longer and require less product per wash, making them a better investment in the long run.
This environmental impact of liquid shampoo and conditioner is also compounded by the fact that most of the poplar shampoos you’ll find in the supermarket aren’t manufactured or even bottled in the UK, but overseas, and as far as the USA or even China!
What’s worse than arriving your destination to find the contents of your wash bag have leaked?Perfume is expensive, toothpaste is sticky, but liquid shampoo gets everywhere!
Solid shampoo bars are a convenient option for those who travel frequently. They are easy to transport, take up less space in your luggage, and do not require you to adhere to the airport authority restrictions on liquids.
It just gets better - Solid shampoo uses little or no plastic
Shampoo bars and conditioner bars are becoming increasingly popular as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional liquid shampoos. Not only do they require less packaging, but they also contain fewer chemicals making them a more sustainable choice for people who want to reduce their environmental impact.
Despite the best intentions of many individuals and brands in the supply chain, supermarkets are still full to the brim with plastic. Recent legislation has banned the use of plastic cutlery in takeaway shops and the hospitality trade, which is a good thing, but it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the volume of plastic packaging found in all the major supermarkets.
Zero waste packaging
Zero waste packaging is an important step towards a more sustainable future. It is a way of reducing the amount of waste generated from packaging materials and products. It involves reducing, reusing and recycling packaging materials, as well as using compostable or biodegradable materials. This type of packaging helps to reduce the environmental impacts associated with traditional packaging methods and can help to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills. By using zero waste packaging, businesses can save money while helping to protect the environment.
Our solid shampoo and conditioner products are supplied in simple cardboard packaging that is 100% recyclable in your usual domestic waste stream.
Solid shampoo use more natural ingredients
All solid shampoos (on Little Green Basket anyway) do not contain any harsh chemicals such as parabens, sulfates, or phthalates, which can strip your hair of its natural oils and lead to dryness, breakage, and other damage. Please check the ingredients of any solid shampoo or conditioner you are considering though. The added benefit of products made with more natural ingredients that are gentle on your hair and scalp.
Haircare Brands at Little Green Basket
Little Green Basket sells a fantastic range of UK-made and vegan hair care products from two great British brands: Nuddy and Earth Kind.
Nuddy haircare shampoos and conditioners are a line of products designed to give your hair the nourishment and care it needs. These products are made with natural ingredients that help to promote healthy hair while protecting it from damage. With their unique blend of essential oils, vitamins, and minerals, Nuddy haircare shampoos and conditioners will leave your hair feeling soft, shiny, and looking its best. Whether you need a daily shampoo or an intensive conditioning treatment, Nuddy has the perfect product for you.
Earth Kind haircare shampoos and conditioners are a great way to keep your hair healthy and beautiful without compromising on the environment. These products are made with natural ingredients that nourish your hair while protecting the planet. They are free from harsh chemicals, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, making them a safe choice for both you and the planet.
Solid shampoo bars are an excellent alternative to traditional liquid shampoos. They are eco-friendly, made with natural ingredients, cost-effective, travel-friendly, and come in a variety of formulations. By making the switch to a solid shampoo bar, you can help reduce your environmental impact, promote healthy hair and scalp, and simplify your hair care routine.
We hope that this article has provided you with valuable insights into the benefits of using a solid shampoo bar. You can read our general guide to vegan shampoo and conditioner bars in this article. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to us. Thank you for reading!