Did you know the shampoo you're using might've been bottled in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or even high-density polyethylene (HDPE)? Not only is this type 3 PVC plastic impossible to recycle, its incineration produces dioxins and furans, which are known carcinogens and some of the most toxic environmental contaminants. The manufacturing of PVC also creates toxic pollution that is threatening to the health of factory workers. According to Esato.com, over the course of a lifetime, a person washes their hair about 11,500 times with 198 bottles of shampoo. Multiply those numbers by every person on the planet and you've got yourself a health and environment nightmare!
There is a solution to the massive landfill accumulation of non-biodegradable, toxic shampoo bottles, however. Shampoo bars, just like bars of soap, require less packaging, reduce the amount of pollution associated with plastic production, and amass less landfill waste.
WHEN CHOOSING SHAMPOO BARS:
- Make sure to avoid antibacterial agents, which is a non-biodegradable toxic ingredient that pollutes ecosystems.
- Avoid shampoo bars made with ingredients like BHA and parabens. Try to find ones that are plant-based and made with biodegradable ingredients, instead.
- Look for shampoo bars that are USDA Organic certified, that way you know the ingredient is organically produced and free of harmful pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and genetic engineering.
- As always, look for the Leaping Bunny Logo or the Certified Vegan Logo, which indicate cruelty-free production. Those logos also ensure that the shampoo bar you buy does not contain animal fats (gross!).