I think about the environment and sustainability often. It’s such an overwhelming, huge topic, I’m not sure where to begin making changes. My stress level about the state of our wildlife, food supply and general planet health is something I try to make better decisions about in the future. I might not be doing things perfect, but it’s worth a try!
I asked a group of my friends on social and from the blogging community to try something with me: each month we change one small thing. One small habit. It takes a very long time to change behavior we’ve had our entire life. Think about it: will it take one or two generations to change how much and what we consume? I hope this topic inspires you to see what changes the group is making.
Let’s get to it! This month, I’m thinking about soap and changing my purchasing habits. I was using the liquid soap in our kitchen the other day and was looking at the plastic bottle, thinking I’ve had this for about 60 days and I’m going to throw it out. Can I not use liquid soap in the whole house and switch to bar soap? I got the jitters. I don’t know why, it seems so posh to have a nice bottle of liquid soap in your bathroom. When I think about all the plastic I used throughout the year on soap bottles, it really adds up. Maybe 25+ plastic bottles – this house has 4 bathrooms in use! For most bar soap, it’s wrapped in paper. A little sheet of paper – way less packaging. I found this article which talks about recycling plastic vs glass. It’s very detailed and had some interesting points. I might consider phasing out to bar soap completely. I’ll pay attention to how many glass bottles of soap I used a year. I suspect it might only be one or two if I only put it out when we have company.
Moving forward, I’m not buying liquid soap in plastic bottles.
- I’ll change all the bathrooms and kitchen to bar soap.
- Only use liquid soap in a glass bottle in our downstairs guest bathroom. I’ll try sourcing a luxury brand that provides refills. (These glass bottles will get recycled.)
My Plan for Change
When I first started thinking about this challenge, I began looking around. I’ve always used bar soap in the bath tub/shower areas, liquid soap just doesn’t do it for me. But by a sink? IDK why it seemed so… strange. I bought some new soap dishes, vintage, of course. Then my friend Moka gave me the MOST BEAUTIFUL gift, and it was bar soap. That made me realize there’s a whole beautiful world of bar soap I’ve been missing. I’m personally not a big ‘consumer’ but wanted to share some of my shopping finds to inspire you when thinking about making change.
Bar Soap Roundup, Under $15
- Dr. Bonner’s Soap
- Olivia Care Sea Mud Bar Soap
- Barr-Co. Reserve Bar
- Method Body Deep Detox Bar Soap
- Apotheke Bar Soap
- Carol’s Daughter Bar Soap
- Fresh Savon, Freesia
- Hudson Naturals Bergamont & Rosemary Soap
- Hudson Naturals Rosemary Mint Soap
- Hudson Naturals Honey Oatmeal Soap
Posh Bar Soaps and Gift-y Soaps
- Claus Porto Mini Soap Collection
- Buly 1803 Savon Superfin Soap, Makassar
- Creed ‘Acqua Fiorentina’ Soap
- L’Ombre dans L’Eau Soap
- Gucci Bloom Perfumed Soap Trio
- Le Labo Rose 31 Bar Soap
- Claus Porto Orange Amber Soap on a Rope
- Claus Porto, Guest Soap Box
- Buly 1803 Savon Superfin Soap, Peruvian Heliotrope
Liquid Soap in Glass Bottles
- L’Objet Rose Noire Hand & Body Liquid Soap
- Olive Wood Soap
- Lavender Liquid Soap
- Rum Vert Hand Soap (My Personal Favorite and what we have in the house.)
- Shea Liquid Soap
- Provence Sante PS Liquid Soap Vervain
Vintage Soap Dishes
I normally don’t do a lot of linking to vintage items, because there is one to buy – once these are sold, they’re gone! But these were too good not to link! And some of the prices are pretty good!