Everyone needs shampoo and conditioner. When you buy shampoo and conditioner, they come in plastic bottles. Everyone shampoos their hair anywhere from 3 days a week to 7 days a week. That’s a lot of plastic bottles getting used up!
According to Unwrapped Life:
This video from Johnson & Johnson paints a dire picture about shampoo bottle usage and disposal (in the U.S. alone!!):
*more than 552 million shampoo bottles could be ending up in landfills every year
*the number of shampoo bottles thrown out in the United States every year could fill 1,164 football fields
*only 1 in 5 people consistently recycle items from the bathroom
And now the goal isn’t even to recycle – but to stop consuming sooooo many plastic bottles! And those above numbers are just shampoo, not even conditioner, or other hair care products.
Well, if you want to work on being zero waste, an easy way to do it is to get reusable shampoo and conditioner bottles, shampoo bars, or have your own container and go to refill shops. Some people even make their own shampoo!
My family likes to get shampoo and conditioner from Plaine Products. All you have to do is order the stuff you want and it comes to you in the mail in metal bottles. Then when you run out, you send it back and they refill the bottles and mail it back! No trash at all! And at Lush they have shampoo bars, where you just rub the bar on your hair and when you run out, theres no trash. It’s just all used up! They even have metal reusable containers.
I have also seen shampoo bars at Farmer’s markets, and liquid shampoo and conditioner at local refill shops. The excellent blog Litterless has a list of bulk/ zerowaste shops that you can look up by area/ state.
If you are more adventurous, you can try making your own! I haven’t tried that yet, but at some point it would be fun to try!
This is excellent for zero waste self care, because you can still care for yourself and be zero waste at the same time!
You can always look up other refill shops, but I really like Plaine Products. (No affiliation to them, but I just think they have a good thing going!) If you get into this, you can save A LOT of plastic, and if everyone did, just think about all that plastic being saved!!