Soap & Body Wash
Big bottles of shower gel create a lot of unnecessary waste. Here's how to scrub up better.View all products
- Shower gel can be anywhere between 70-95% water, creating unnecessary packaging, adding weight and using up more space while in transit
- Many mainstream soaps and detergents use ingredients that are derived from petrochemicals
- Plastic packaging creates unnecessary waste, and in the UK only half of people say they recycle their bathroom plastic. Even if you are part of the other 50% who recycles your plastic, it's thought that only a small fraction of it is actually recycled.
Thick plastic shower gel bottles filling up your bathroom? It doesn't need to be that way! There are plenty of eco-friendly and low waste alternatives that will make you wonder you ever bought plastic bottles and tubs. Save space, waste and stock up for longer with these lower impact, eco-friendly soap products.
For thousands of years the humble soap bar has done its job perfectly well – and done so in a much more eco-friendly way than heavy plastic bottles of shower gel! Soap bars are smaller, lighter and more concentrated, using up less shelf space and requiring less energy to transport. They can also last up to seven times longer than shower gel, making them much cheaper. Soap bars only require a small amount of packaging, and since they are solid, this is usually cardboard or paper, which can be recycled and is easy to compost or recycle afterwards.
Refillable Body Wash
If you still want to use shower gel, opt for refillable containers made from recycled materials, to reduce the footprint of the container and extend its life beyond a single-use. Refill packs can often be bought to reduce packaging and return to the brand after using.