Ever since my daughter was born, I have become more and more aware of the simply astounding about of trash I create. As a single person, or even as a couple it was manageable but once you add a baby (or worse, 6 year old) to the mix, suddenly there are empty juice boxes, empty packets of crisps and, well, soap containers everywhere. Recently, I decided that the first step to reducing my waste was to give up the Bottles, that is, soap bottles.
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I don’t know about you, but when I was growing up, we didn’t have hand wash, we had bar soap. We didn’t have body wash, we had bar soap. The only bottles of soap we have were Shampoo and back then the family all used the same. Now, my daughter has her own, and I have my own conditioner, and there seems to be a never-ending stack of half-full bottles in my washroom. Finally, I had enough and decided that it was time to switch over to package-free bars for the lot.
Making the switch ended up being easy on us all. To start with Bar Shampoos and Conditioners tend to last at least or even longer than a bottle of the same stuff. So, not only did I not need to replace them as often it worked out to be even less expensive than buying the inexpensive chemical-laden regular stuff. Which brings me to my next point – the ingredients.
Natural and organic washes and soaps do WONDERS for my hair and skin. I have very curly dry hair, but the conditioners leave-in products that have beeswax and honey are delightful. Most natural soaps and shampoos come in a range of amazing floral or natural scents and my daughter loves them. In fact, it’s been a lot easier to get her to have a bath and wash her own hair with the bar shampoo as she can control better the soap on her head than with a liquid.
If you’re thinking of making a small but important change to be a little more eco friendly, I highly recommend switching out your bathroom products for plastic-free, waste-free ones.
About the Author: Chantelle Joy Otto is a Canadian Expat living in The United Kingdom. She’s a full-time mom, freelance blogger, and Christmas fanatic. As the owner of AllThingsChristmas.com she spends most of her time thinking about holidays while traveling around London and Europe with her family. Get in touch on ChantelleJoy.com