I heard a short story on NPR this morning about liquid body washes outselling bar soap for the first time. Liquid body washes are doubly un-green — both more expensive (wastes green from your wallet) and worse for the environment. On the cost side, liquid body wash is mostly made of water, so you’re paying a premium for water with some added soap. This also adds to the environmental cost — with all the extra water, the bottles of body wash occupy more cargo space, requiring more trucks on our roads and more burned fuel.
Body wash comes in plastic bottles, creating more waste than bar soap packaging. At best, people recycle those bottles (using lots of water to rinse them thoroughly), and, at worst, many head straight to our landfills.
Your best bet is bar soap, the more minimal the packaging the better. Make bar soap greener:
- Recycle the paper or cardboard packaging.
- Buy from a local soap maker — some may skip the packaging altogether, especially if you ask!
- Keep the bar of soap in a dry corner of the shower to minimize waste.
- Use less soap — you can probably get by with less than you’re using right now. Your skin will thank you!