The idea of a plastic-free shower routine can seem daunting. Plastic hides in so many unexpected places! We get it. That's why we're bringing you three easy swaps you can make right now that can be the perfect place to start to remove plastics from your shower.
1. Goodbye plastic loofas!
Loofas are a great place to start. Microplastics (fragments of any type of plastic less than 5 mm in length) shed from the loofa during the shower and run down the drain to waste water treatment plants. However, there are no treatments for plastics and therefore the plastics enter the ocean and natural ecosystems, ultimately making their way back to us through our food and water. By replacing your conventional loofa with an organic cotton soap bag, you can help reduce the amount of plastic that is reaching the natural environment. Replace your loofa with a plastic-free soap bag, like the one below.
2. Switch to bar body soap
This option reduces your plastic use, but also helps you to avoid all the additives found in conventional body wash. Opt for a soap bar that has ingredients you can pronounce. If it is going on your skin, you should be able to recognize what it is! Try this purifying tea soap bar, only containing these ingredients and locally made in Santa Barbara, CA. Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Distilled Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Lavender Essential Oil, Organic Chlorella, Organic Coriander, Activated Charcoal.
3. Revamp how you shampoo & condition
We're not going to lie, the search for a shampoo bar that works with your hair type can take some trial and error. But don't give up! There is one out there that works for your hair and in some cases it just takes your hair a little time to adjust to a new routine. Shampoo and conditioner bars are plastic-free, and help to balance your scalp's natural oils and leaves a fresh scent.