Updated: Nov 12, 2021
Green options for hand or body soaps are mostly solid soap bars, with organic ingredients. Why solid? Because the production of liquid soap requires five times more energy for raw material and almost 20 times more energy for packaging production than a bar of soap. So go solid!
** Use solid soap bars **
Use natural soaps, as others include many strong ingredients that pull the oil out of the skin, doing more harm than good. There are actually many wrong ingredients, for your skin and the environments, in many soap bars - avoid Sodium Lauryl, Sodium laureth, Sodium Tallowate or Sodium Palmitate, Sodium Isethionate, Sodium Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoate or Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA and Tetrasodium Etidronate, phthalates, parabens, …
Locally, you can find the lemongrass and hemp seed soap at the Source for a gentle soap, that comes with no packaging.
** Use soap scraps **
The Source has little bags for the soap scraps/ end of bar that always seem to end up down the drain or in soggy lumps in the bottom of the shower. Shove all the scraps in the bag and use it like a scrub. Its brilliant!
** If using liquid soap **
If solid bars do not work for you, use refillable, eco-friendly options.
The Source, the GoodClub, Milk&More and the Body Shop offer refillable options.
BodyShop, on NorthCote Road: Tea tree handwash, almond milk and honey shower cream, British rose shower gel; you have to buy their aluminium refillable bottle the first time, and then just refill.
The Source: Coconut Faith in Nature liquid fig soap, in your own container.
Online: Milk&More offers Fill fig soap.
Online: the GoodClub
More info on brands of soap with Ethical Consumer here.