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The key here is to try and go solid. Liquid soap and shampoo require five times more energy for raw material and almost 20 times more energy for packaging production than a bar of soap/shampoo. This section provides swap ideas for shampoo, conditionner and beard products.
Switch to shampoo bars. There is an increasing number of brands available. Secret de Provence (from France) works wonders and is cheap, but not available locally. The shampoo bars from Anemone & Basilic are expensive but work well, even for long hair. More and more options are becoming available on the market these days, so add comments when you test them.
Liquid shampoo: use less and use refillables. If shampoo bars don’t work for you, keep liquid shampoo but switch to refillable shampoo bottles or at least bigger bottles (last option!). We tend to use much more than what is needed. Experiment and find the minimum amount you need. It can make a big difference.
GoodClub, Milk&More delivers refills at your doorstep;
or fill up at The Source (Faith in Nature).
TheBodyShop sells their ginger shampoo and conditioner in refillable aluminium containers; you have to buy their aluminium refillable bottle the first time, and then just refill.
Homemade options - Untested, so let us know how they go.
Apple cider vinegar hair conditioner
You need: 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar with 4 cups of water, for each wash
How to use: mix and massage into your hair post-shampoo. Leave for ten minutes, with a shower cap on, and then rinse out with cold water for extra shine.
You need: 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup water, 6 drops of tea tree oil
How to make: Mix all ingredients.
How to use: Apply the resulting mixture to the scalp with your fingers and gently massage for few minutes. After 10 minutes, rinse your head with cool water. Use after each shampoo, up to twice a week.
The Source, GoodClub, Milk&More and the Body Shop propose refillable options.
Ginger conditioner at the BodyShop; you have to buy their aluminium refillable bottle the first time, and then just refill.
At the Source, Faith in Nature.
a metal razor, with changeable blades – so chic
a wooden shaving brush – so soft
and a shaving soap – so zero waste. It won’t foam but does the job as if it did.
If you need an aftershave, have you tested the Weleda options – such as this one from the Good Club?