Monday, September 23, 2019

Why I Use Bars Over Bottles ๐Ÿงผ

Hey muffins! I think one of the easiest switches I made on my journey towards living zero waste was replacing my plastic products with bars. This isn't difficult to do, especially now that companies like Lush have a lot more "naked" options. This post outlines the best reasons why you should also replace your plastic bottles, so let's jump right into it! ๐Ÿ˜€

picture of plastic shampoo bottles next to a stack of shampoo bars, suggesting that you should choose the bars over the bottle
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There is less plastic packaging. If you want to be more sustainable, it is a much better alternative! Many stores like Lush and Whole Foods sell these products in absolutely no packaging, which means you can avoid all waste by bring your own container/bag to the store. Plus, you don't have to worry about recycling the plastic bottle at the end, which as I mentioned in my Ultimate Plastic Recycling Guide, isn't actually good for the planet.

You get more product, which is better for your wallet! How many times have you been unable to get all of the product out of a plastic bottle? There are many hard to reach places, which often forces you to toss before it is actually all gone. Many "naked" products use concentrated ingredients so that they will last a longer time; my Jumping Juniper shampoo bar lasted me 98 washes!!

These products are often more natural. I am all for avoiding any unnecessary chemicals/additives, so I love that I am able to reduce them by buying bar products. This is especially true if you buy locally or off of Etsy, as I have found that even Lush items have more ingredients than I would like.

They look so much better in the tub! ๐Ÿ˜ Just peep my side of the shower versus my roommate's. Plastic bottles are usually obnoxious colors with a million words, so I am a huge fan of having products that don't visually clutter the room. I love my Ethique soap container that keeps my shampoo bar and soap dry so that they last even longer; I would definitely recommend checking it out, as it is only $15 and is biodegradable after a few years of use.

a picture of the inside of the shower in my apartment, showing the comparison between a side with no plastic bottles and one with plastic bottles

They work just as well! I think many people are concerned that these products aren't as effective as the brands they know and trust... And that is just untrue! Sure, you might not love everything you try out, but you will definitely find products that you LOVE!

What "naked" products do you use currently? Comment below and don't forget to follow Life of an Earth Muffin to never miss another post!


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