5 reasons why we’ve started using shampoo bars
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We’re always trying to live more sustainably here at HLN, and spend a lot of our time looking for more durable products to incorporate into our lives. When we first clicked onto the fact that shampoo and conditioner bars were on the rise, then, it’s safe to say we were pretty excited. We started using them, quickly fell in love with them and have never looked back!
Don’t believe us? Let us convince you…
Shampoo and conditioner bars are 100% packaging free. Generally, they come in cardboard boxes or tins and are stored in reusable packaging. By the end of this year, the annual number of non-recyclable plastic bottles sold from traditional shampoos and conditioners is projected to increase to 583.3 billion – making the simple switch to bars more essential now than ever.
2. Very concentrated products
The bars are far more concentrated than traditional shampoos and conditioners, so you can use less per application – meaning you spend less and get more.
Have a glance at a bottle of shampoo or conditioner in your shower and the first ingredient you’ll see is water. This explains why you need a healthy dollop of product to get the performance you want. And even when most bottles suggest only using a ‘pea-sized amount’, how many of us actually follow that advice?! But with the bars, it’s a lot more difficult to use too much.
3. Great for Travel
Haircare bars are great to travel with, as you don’t have to worry about liquid restrictions or the potential for any spillage. Whether you’re planning a staycation or going further afield, you shouldn’t have to plan your packing around your hair care products – and with bars, you don’t. Best of all, they help prevent the use of hotel minis, which actively supports the reduction of packaging waste. Go you!
4. Low Carbon Footprint
The overall carbon footprint is less with shampoo bars and conditioner bars. Solid bars are more lightweight and compact than their bottled counterparts, so they require less space during transport relative to the same amount of washes with liquid shampoo. Roughly between 10 to 15 transport trucks of liquid shampoo would be needed for one transport truck of solid shampoo bars to get the same number of washes. Still need further persuasion?
5. Multi-Purpose Products
These magical bars are also multifaceted and offer much more than first meets the eye. They can be used for other purposes – like washing your body, keeping your pets squeaky clean or rubbing your clothes through when camping or backpacking. Some bars go one step further and can be used as a shave bar or an in-shower moisturiser. But, as with everything, it’s always best to check with the supplier before using them for alternative purposes!
Fancy giving it a go?
We know of a couple of local places where you can get your hands on these beauties!
Something Good, Newcastle
Nuddy, stockists in Northumberland
Durham Soap Co., Durham
Nut and Noggin, a zero plastic hair care brand based in North Yorkshire
The Yorkshire Soap Co., Leeds and Harrogate