I genuinely considered not getting rid of my shampoo + conditioner because I have been a dedicated Sukin user for a long time. I thought because they are a vegan brand I was doing my bit for the planet, but sadly it’s just more plastic. Until I did my test and trials of other products that convinced me otherwise. It’s all for our beautiful planet I keep repeating to myself.
Getting rid of what you’ve got
You can do two things, either store them for re-use or recycle them! According to the Hobart City Council guidelines, empty shampoo + conditioner bottles can be recycled. They only ask that the lid be secured and the bottle be entirely empty, otherwise they get sent to landfill. If you’re a non-hobartian check your guidelines for your own city, but it pretty standard for most councils. I’ll be storing my empty bottles for re-use, most likely to store bulk bought laundry liquid or fabric softener.
In order to avoid the recycling bin completely, I had to find a product that didn’t come in a plastic bottle. I’d heard about shampoo bars from my regular visits to Lush, but never ventured. I did some online hunting and found Solibar, an Australian small business that makes shampoo bars. They are made from all natural ingredients which are all listed on the product packaging. They are also vegan and cruelty free! They have three different bars to choose from, so you can personalise to your own hair type! I chose the Kiss by A Rose because I’m a dark haired girl.
Each bar lasts for up to 90 washes, so if you’re like me and only wash your hair 2-3 times a week, then you essentially get three medium bottles of shampoo in one bar. I ordered three for $55 and a few days later they have arrived! The smelt amazing even before I’d unwrapped them.
This is not like normal shampoo, which is okay with me because I’m open to trying new things in this journey. They come with a set of instructions which is extremely helpful; basically you have to build up a lather on your hands and then rub it in to your hair as normal. For the first wash they recommend to double shampoo which I strongly agree with. You can also condition the ends of your hair, but I didn’t bother!
When you’re rubbing it into your hair it feels exactly like a normal wash. I’d seen some reviews that said it left people’s hair feeling different, but I didn’t notice at all! My hair easily adapted and so did Jakes! Our hair smells like roses, with a ‘squeaky clean’ kind of feeling. We have both 100% converted to using this product after one wash. Honestly I can’t wait to finish using up my old shampoo + conditioner.
The only downside to buying online is packaging. The bars came in cardboard packaging which is what I was anticipating. It’s only tiny, less than an A4 size so I’m not actually that mad. Usually brands that are aimed at being zero/low waste are pretty good with packaging; mostly cardboard which can be recycled. However the less you put into recycling the better!
Make your own
My moral compass when it comes to shampoo bars feels strong, in that I am confident in Solibar and other handmade shampoo bars I can buy from around town. If you’re super keen to make your own shampoo bars, that is possible but often the ingredient list is long and not easily accessible to make a good quality bar. There are plenty of recipes online, some good ones I can see from research are DIY Natural. If you’re like me and don’t have a lot of time to commit, buying locally is your next best option.
Buying local products is a great way to avoid shipping packaging, as well as boosting local economy. I’ve definitely seen shampoo bars in lots of health shops around Hobart town, like Eumarrah or Unpacked. I know that Lush also sell shampoo bars, but buying from a big company like Lush means you don’t really know what happens in the manufacturing process or what their waste is like. Which is why making your own with zero waste products, or buying locally is usually your best bet to go zero waste.
For Hobart City Council recycling guidelines head to https://www.hobartcity.com.au/Residents/Recycling-and-rubbish/Reuse-recycle-and-dispose-A-Z#section-18
For Solibar shampoo bars, head to https://solibar.co/
For DIY natural shampoo bar recipe check out https://www.diynatural.com/homemade-shampoo-bar-diy/