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Reduce Plastic Waste - Use Bar Soap

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

Plastics have only existed for about 70 years, however, we have come to rely on plastic for everything it seems. Whether it be water bottles or bags, plastic has made our lives so much more convenient. But at what price? The issues lie into where do we dispose of it, as 91% of plastic does not get recycled. Most ends up in landfills, waterways, oceans or some are incinerated. And to create new plastic isn’t exactly environmentally friendly, where each ton of plastic production creates 3 tons of CO2. Recycling is the answer since there is 9 billion tons of plastic in the world today!

What does soap and plastic have to do with each other? The plastic bottles that body wash, shower gels, shampoo or conditioner come in, of course. Check out how long it takes for different types of plastics to breakdown. Notice we didn’t say decompose, as the plastics only breakdown into microplastics by way of sun, waves and salt – over many years. Sadly, about 10 million tons of plastic wind up in our oceans each year. A report says that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish, by weight. Whaaaattt?? Yes! We do need to start using bar soap!

 

ocean plastic breakdown decompose years

 

Bar soap is a chemical reaction between oils and lye. A salt of a fatty acid is formed, which we call soap. See our blog which goes into more depth.

Different oils have different properties what they offer the soap. Commercial manufacturers use the cheapest possible oils, if any, where small batches of soap can use any oils of choice, like olive, argan or shea butter, to name a few. Small batches use high quality, food grade ingredients, and emit almost no carbon footprint.  The big guys emit much more carbon while also contributing to plastic bottle waste pollution problem we are facing today. Surprisingly, 45% of bottled water is actually filtered tap water, so save money and buy a filter!

 

 

What can we do as consumers to reduce our plastic consumption? Here are some examples to start with:

  • Use bar soap – cuts down single use plastic bottles. By the way, our soaps come packaged plastic free in a 100% recycled cardboard box with recyclable kraft labels. They are also vegan and cruelty free!
  • Reusable shopping bags – reuse to reduce, but clean them out often
  • Pass on the plastic straw – use a paper or metal one, or skip it!
  • Reusable wood/bamboo utensils over plastic over plastic ones on lunch
  • Toothpaste tablets and wood/bamboo toothbrush over plastic tubes and brushes
  • Buy water filters for yourself, friends, family, gifts, holidays, etc. to encourage filtered tap water consumption over bottled water
  • Purchase “naked” fruits and vegetables – avoid the packaging
  • Use cloth diapers over disposable ones
  • Reusable coffee or water tumblers over disposable – refillable at the coffee shops!
  • Recycle plastic, glass, metals, cardboard and whatever is recyclable
  • Don’t be a litterbug, especially near the oceans
  • Become an advocate in your community!

It’s time to raise the bar!

 

Sources: 

https://www.businessinsider.com/plastic-in-ocean-outweighs-fish-evidence-report-2017-1
http://reduce-plastic-waste.com/
https://www.wwf.org.au/news/blogs/the-lifecycle-of-plastics
https://infographicjournal.com/how-long-does-it-take-plastic-to-break-down-in-the-ocean/

 


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