Drop the bottle: shampoo, soap and all other things we can use plastic free!

Looking into most bathrooms and showers returns the image of endless colorful plastic bottles, some of which lie forgotten there since the beginning of time.

Self care is one easy place to start to reduce plastic use! 

   Go solid!

  • bar soap doesn't need a container, you can buy it as it is and carry it with you in a reusable container. Among others Marseille soap is amazing on the skin and perfect for washing clothes as well. It also comes in also sorts of flavors, costs a few euros and lasts for a long time.
  • keep it going and use solid shampoo and conditioner! They require a few attempts to get it right but then you'll be hooked. I find I need to wash my hair less often. They're also great for traveling, no restriction on bar soaps!
  • even toothpaste can be solid! There are toothpaste tablets that come in glass jars that dissolve in water! I haven't tried it yet but they look very promising. (Or you can make your own toothpaste).

  Go natural!

  • if shampoo bars are not for you, try shampoo drops, made from organic material that dissolves in water. (For instance
  • try a bamboo toothbrush, when you're done using them they can be composted!

 Go glass!

  • buy spray deodorant in a glass container.
  • choose lotions in glass jars.


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What can go wrong?
Idoia Letona Castrillo
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  • It's a great idea and actually is the best solution for avoiding plastic packaging. However I find it more expensive that the usual option... For example Lush offers all kind of packaging free products, or at least in a more sustainable packaging, but it is an expensive brand comparing to others. I have also bought packaging free solid shampoo and soap bars at local markets, sustainably produced etc but they are still more expensive than the one people could find in super markets... So I believe that price is a barrier. I think this sustainable products should have a kind of incentive so people go for them rather than from the usual options.
    Maybe they need to have the support of public administration in order to have a more competitive price.

    Federica Parisi
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  • You underlying a problem associated with many sustainable choices, since they are not mainstream they are generally more expensive.
    I think incentives could work as a temporary propeller, and then an economy of scale would lower prices once more people adopt the products.

    On the specific case of soap and shampoo bars, though, I feel they only appear to be more expensive. I have long hair and a shampoo bar lasts me for months, much more than a bottle of liquid shampoo. So compared to 2-3 bottles of medium quality shampoo I think I even save money.

    As for items in glass they do tend to be more expensive, and therefore not always approachable.

    A more extreme solution is to DIY some products. I make my own toothpaste and deodorant (still perfecting the recipe for this) at a really low cost and almost waste free!

    Idoia Letona Castrillo
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  • Yes, absolutly the problem is general for sustainable product, which sadly aren't mainstream commodities. I have tried also the Lush shampoo bars and it's true that they last for longer. But the normal consumer normally looks at the price, and in this case it plays as a disadvantage...
    all in all, this product need to become a mainstrem commodity and people need to understant the big positive impact they are having for avoiding plastic packaged products.

    How can this be improved?
    Iker Montes-Bageneta
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  • Some of the proposals I've already tried. These are equally good and have the same quality as those that come in plastic containers. I've been wondering for a long time why its use is not generalized. And I think it's because of the price. We must lower taxes on products with an ecological label (those that are made with biodegradable, recyclable or reusable packaging), and support financing for the start-up of companies that produce these products. There is an alternative, it works and it has quality. Why not support it?

    Federica Parisi
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  • I believe the price is a strong factor, but not the only one. This kind of products are far less advertised than the standard ones, and some people fear they will not give equally good outcomes. I think also giving away free testers would also induce more people to consider different options. This and a reduced taxation (or other forms of incentives) should improve the amount of new users!