Many of the personal care products we use include harmful, non-biodegradable ingredients that damage the environment. Pick up your shampoo or soap and look at the label. You’ll see paraben, phthalates, triclosan, and other synthetic ingredients that hurt not only the environment but also your body.
There are more eco-friendly soaps, shampoo, and other personal care products available all the time. We looked into how companies treat the environment and their employees to identify the options that make your skin, hair, and body look great, feel healthy and reduce the negative environmental impact at the same time.
Let’s look at eight sustainable soap and personal care brands that use eco-friendly ingredients and plastic-free packaging to reduce their environmental impact.
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Dr. Bronner’s uses only the purest organic and Fair-Trade ingredients. Most of the company’s products are vegan and certified by the same standards as organic food. They include no synthetic preservatives or foaming agents common in most personal care products. Dr. Bronner’s follows what it describes as “conservative capitalism,” which means they share the profits with the workers who made the product, hence becoming a certified B corporation. It’s not conservative in the sense the word is commonly used; this is a company with a heart.
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap Bar Variety Pack comes with six bars of pure castile soap made with organic oils and free of any synthetic preservatives and detergents. The soap bars come in six scents: Unscented, Almond, Lavender, Citrus, Peppermint, and Rose. All the soaps are fully biodegradable, so they do not leave forever chemicals that pollute local water supplies and the environment.
Blueland reduces the use of single-use plastic by providing refillable liquid soap products. If you run out of the cleaning liquid, just refill the bottle with water, put in a soap tablet, and start cleaning. The refill program eliminates the need to buy plastic containers repeatedly, reducing your plastic waste flow. The soap tablets use clean, eco-friendly ingredients.
Blueland also reduces its impact with earth-friendly packaging that can be recycled in many – but far from all – cities in the U.S. The kicker is that if you cannot recycle locally, Blueland will take the packaging back by mail and recycle it. We recommend collecting a year or two’s worth of packaging before mailing to reduce the shipping emissions associated with the material. Better yet, petition your local recycling service to start processing clear plastic.
The Blueland Hand Soap Starter Pack comes with a reusable signature glass bottle and three foaming hand soap tablets. The tablets come in Iris Agave, Lavender Eucalyptus, and Perrine Lemon scents, and each tablet makes 9 oz of the cleaner liquid. The tablets are free of triclosan, parabens, and phthalates, and you can use the soap used for cleaning both laundry and dishes.
Ethique offers solid soap bars in eco-friendly containers that are free from plastic, laminates, and chlorines. Ethique wants to become a carbon-neutral company this year, and it offsets 120% of its net carbon emissions to reach that goal and continue to reduce emissions in the future. Their products are sustainable, biodegradable, and free of petrochemicals, animal derivatives, and other synthetic and harmful chemicals. They are B Corp Certified and support direct trade.
Ethique Wonderbar Eco-Friendly Solid Conditioner Bar is a 100% natural, plastic-free, vegan, plant-based, and palm oil-free soap bar equivalent to 10 bottles of liquid conditioner. It’s easy to use; swipe it down your hair from the root, massage gently, and rinse. The bar is silicone-free and rich in coconut, cocoa butter, and vitamin B5.
All Soapply products are free of parabens, sulfates, artificial colorants, and added fragrances. Soapply adheres to sustainable packaging standards; they deliver the soap in recycled glass that can be refilled, reused, and eventually recycled. Soapply is also on a mission to spread handwashing with soap globally. They work with schools worldwide and have implemented thousands of water, sanitation, and hygiene projects.
Soapply Starter Set comes with a liquid hand wash and soap to keep your hands and home clean. They make the soap using a 300-year-old method that includes aloe, jojoba, olive, rosemary, and coconut, without any toxic materials. Its food-grade organic oils keep skin clean and healthy.
Common Good provides natural, biodegradable, eco-friendly, and refillable soaps and cleaners. They have set up refill stations at multiple locations where customers can refill their reusable plastic and glass bottles, which the company will extend to other regions. The ingredients used by Common Good for their soaps and cleaners are approved by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for daily human use.
Common Good Clean Hands Set comes with one 34 oz hand soap refill, two 4 oz hand sanitizer sprays, and one 16 oz empty glass bottle. The soap is free of sulfates, paraben, and phthalates. Choose from two scents, bergamot + grapefruit and lavender + grapefruit. The glass bottle not only looks classy but is also a step towards sustainability and reducing your use of single-use plastic.
Soap Sense works to overcome two environmental challenges in its products: single–use plastic packaging and traditional personal care products’ reliance on harmful chemicals. Instead of supplying soap solutions in plastic bottles, Soap Sense provides soap tablets that can be dissolved in water to instantly create a soap solution – one tablet and some water are all you need to refill the bottle.
The Soap Sense Foaming Soap Tablets provide a pack of 12 tablets that make 6 oz bottles of foaming soap. The cleaner solution is vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and doesn’t contain any parabens, phthalates, or artificial colors. It’s scented with 100% essential oils. Using these foaming soap tablets reduces plastic waste compared to all the traditional soft soap options.
Method uses ingredients that are safe for the human body and the environment. They avoid using items on the dirty dozen ingredients list that includes potentially toxic and harmful chemicals like chlorine bleach, triclosan, and phthalates. Method operates a LEED-certified platinum soap factory, which adheres to the sustainability standards of making soap.
Method Men’s Bar Soap Sea Surf is a quick-lathering, clean-rinsing bar soap made with plant-based cleansers rich in mineral-based exfoliants. The crisp and clean aroma of the soap helps you give a refreshing start to your day, and the plant-based cleansers keep your skin smooth and clean.
Attitude uses natural, hypoallergenic, and EWG-certified ingredients, adhering to the highest quality and environmental standards. All their products are 100% vegan and certified cruelty-free by PETA. Attitude makes its products in an eco-friendly factory that promotes wellness at work that uses sustainable development practices. They also have an eco-refill program that can help you reduce plastic waste.
Attitude Eco-Refill Shower Gel Energizing is made with EWG-certified ingredients and packaged in Forest Stewardship Council-certified, BPA-free packaging. It’s 100% biodegradable and free of artificial additives. Another Attitude product to look out for is the Nourishing Hand Soap for sensitive skin. Made with vegan, plant-based, and mineral-based dermatologically tested ingredients to ensure it is hypoallergenic, Attitude is ideal for sensitive skin.
Go Green Today
Who doesn’t want healthy and good-looking hair and skin? But it doesn’t have to come at the cost of hurting the environment. By shopping from these sustainable brands, you can build a collection of sustainable personal care products that are good for both you and the environment.
So, which products are you planning to use? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your favorite.