Eco-friendly shampoo bars – why you should switch to solids

According to government statistics, nearly 2.5 million tonnes of plastic packaging is used in the UK every year. Whilst 90% of kitchen waste is recycled, recycled bathroom waste sits at just 50% making the beauty industry one of the biggest contributors to plastic waste that poisons our oceans and planet. But times are changing. With the increasing shift among consumer buying away from liquid shower gel and towards traditional, eco-friendly bar soaps, we have also seen the bar trend build momentum within the hare care industry.

So, why are shampoo bars more sustainable than traditional bottles of shampoo? Firstly, they do away with plastic and typically require little more than a cardboard box or wrap of paper in the way of packaging. 

Shampoo bars also have a lower carbon footprint than their liquid counterparts. Their ingredients tend to be less refined and therefore require less intensive manufacturing and as they smaller and lighter, there are less carbon emissions from transportation.  

The ingredients used in hair bars also tend to be kinder to our hair and skin as they are formulated from natural ingredients as opposed to harmful chemicals, sulphates and silicon. 

It’s a no brainer!  There are now a whole array brands who are offer high performing shampoo bars that don’t compromise on quality, or the planet and we’ve selected a few of our favourites below. 

Discover more products through our sustainable hair care edit

Shampure Nurturing Shampoo Bar

All Lathered Up Cleansing Shampoo Bar

Conditioner Bar - Argan Oil for Dry and Frizzy Hair

Hibiskiss shampoo bar

Heali Kiwi Solid Shampoo For Touchy Scalps

Ultimate Blends Coconut Shampoo Bar Bundle

Zero Plastic Brightening Shampoo Bar

Glôs Zero Plastic Brightening Conditioner Bar

About the Author

Kim Matrljan

Kim Matrljan

Founder of GAIA. After working in digital marketing for brands like Vivienne Westwood, Selfridges, COS and Rolex, I realised the fashion industry needed change and I wanted to be part of it.



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