How much plastic can you save with solid soap?

The impact of personal care products in our overall plastic consumption is significant. Think about it - many of us use multiple products every day and almost every single product we use is packaged in plastic. This includes shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, moisturisers, scrubs, toners, deodorants, toothpaste, mouthwash...the list is extensive.

Most people will have at least 3 plastic bottles just for washing themselves: a body wash, a shampoo and a conditioner. A standard 250ml bottle should last for around one month (assuming each use is 10ml and each person showers once per day), so one adult can go through 36 bottles a year. For a family of 4, this figure multiplies can multiply out to over 100 plastic bottles every year, just for the daily shower! In a city the size of Hong Kong, the daily shower alone could account for 200 million HDPE plastic bottles. Most of these bottles will end up in our landfills.

Replacing liquid body wash with bar soap is an easy way to cut down on plastic consumption. Even better, simultaneously replacing your shampoo and conditioner with a single shampoo bar will make a big dent in your plastic consumption (but not your wallet)! Many people find that shampoo bars allow them to skip the conditioner, because they do not contain the harsh detergents found in most shampoos and are therefore less drying and tangling.