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How Your Shampoo Could Be Harming The Environment and How You Can Help

Your shampoo bottle may have a tropical island on the front, but commercial shampoos rarely have anything natural about them. The trouble is, shampoo is something we need to use regularly, and it can be difficult to find alternatives when it’s so easy to just get a new bottle. Thankfully, there are other options available – but what is it that makes standard shampoo so environmentally harmful?

How 'natural' are shampoos?

Typically shampoo contains a huge amount of chemicals, most of which are toxic to animals and plants, sometimes leading to death, illness or genetic mutations.

For example, phthalates are typically used in shampoos for gel structure, but they have been proven to interfere with hormone and can lead to metabolic syndrome and even male genitalia defects.  

It’s not just the contents of shampoo that is so harmful, the plastic bottles also have a devastating impact on the environment. Worryingly, 520 million shampoo bottles end up in UK landfill every year in the UK alone!

What about animal testing?

Unfortunately, animal testing is still a current practice used by many brands in order to find products to sell. However, in the process, animals are tortured with harsh chemicals which are not necessary to effectively clean our hair. 

Nevertheless, there are a lot of brands out there now which don't test on animals for hair care products, so make sure to do your research before you make a purchase. 

Still, most of these brands will use plastic bottles which ultimately end up in landfill and have a huge impact on the environment!

shampoo bottles damaging the environment

Plastic can take up to 100 years to break down, however during this time, it will break down into smaller microplastics which can end up in our ocean and kill marine life. 

So how can you keep your hair clean & healthy, without harming the environment?

This might not seem feasible, however, it’s easier than you think. A simple option is to switch to zero waste shampoo bars, which are made using all-natural ingredients and don’t use any of the unnecessary packaging that standard commercial shampoos use.

What are the benefits of zero waste shampoo bars?

  • They're chemical-free, palm oil-free, and plastic-free.
  • Ingredients are vegan so no testing on animals.
  • They contain no sulphates, meaning they are ideal for sensitive skin
  • The all-natural ingredients are beneficial for skin health and hair hydration

Alternatively, you can choose to visit eco-friendly refill shops which allow you to take your own containers and fill up on products such as shampoo and conditioner. However, not everybody has the time to visit refill shops, which makes zero-waste bars an ideal environmentally friendly option.

In addition to shampoo, you can look into alternatives for conditioner and other hair products, as commerical shop bought versions can often have the same harmful impact.

Of course, switching to eco-friendly shampoo is just one of many small lifestyle changes you can make to help live a greener life. Be sure to keep in touch with us for more tips and ideas on how you can make a positive impact and lead a more environmentally efficient life!

Here's to stress-free showering!