We are conditioned (pardon the pun) to see hair-care products as a liquid in a plastic bottle. Unfortunately, for all intents and purposes, it can be fairly harmful to the planet which we call Home. Around 80 billion plastic bottles are disposed of around the world every year just from shampoo and conditioner, according to climateaction.org. In fact, the number of shampoo bottles condemned to landfills in the US alone in a year could fill 1,1641 football fields!
The booming $500 billion2 per year Beauty industry is far from being pretty considering its impact on the environment. Plastic, which a majority of liquid shampoos and conditioners come wrapped in, can take anywhere between 450 and 1000 years3 to decompose. As long as this plastic exists, it will continue to release toxic greenhouse gases into our environment when burnt.
Switching to a vegan and all-natural shampoo or conditioner is a good start, but isn’t enough from an environmental perspective. Plenty of “environmentally friendly shampoos” still contain unsustainable palm oil, parabens, SLSs, diethanolamine or triethanolamine, and silicones. They have a negative impact on the environment and won’t turn you into a modern-day Rapunzel either.
Thankfully, many zero waste shampoo and conditioners are available now. Most come in bar form that not only eliminates waste (especially all the composite plastics) but is also typically non-toxic. This makes them an eco-friendly and plastic-free alternative. They are also highly concentrated, giving them a longer life. One shampoo bar replaces three plastic bottles of liquid shampoo or conditioner.
At Himalayan Origins, we say you get back what you put in. Our shampoo and conditioner bars may look like your typical soap bar, but they are specifically formulated to deliver a 2-in-1 nourishing and cleansing experience for your hair and scalp. The organic shampoo bars use natural extracts and nutritious ingredients to transform dry or damaged hair whilst avoiding chemicals and plastic waste.
The ingredients also work with the natural oil in your hair that keeps it healthy and shiny, instead of stripping it away. This boosts the overall health & happiness of your hair & scalp. Additionally, it avoids built-up residue while promoting thickness, growth & shine. The paper packaging of the bars is completely biodegradable too.
A parting statistic: Liquid shampoo is on average 70-80% water4. So, we pay exorbitant prices for half a cup of water. Shampoo and conditioner bars, in comparison, are more economical. Lesser costs for you and the planet!
- Broyd, S. (2020, 19 February), 2020 Beauty and Personal Care Trends. Retrieved from 2020 Beauty and Personal Care Trends | Clarkston Consulting
- Leblanc, R. (2021, 16 January), The Decomposition of Waste in Landfills. Retrieved from How Long Does It Take Garbage to Decompose? (thebalancesmb.com)
- Romanowski, P. (2020, 8 August), How Shampoos Are Made. Retrieved from https://chemistscorner.com/how-shampoos-are-made/