Perhaps the bathroom is the place in the house where we accumulate more containers and cans. Personal hygiene products, beauty supplies, cosmetics, the first aid kit or even medicine.
And the vast majority are plastic.
As the range is so wide, today we want to focus on the shower. The list of accessories for showering is rich and varied: sponges made of artificial or natural fibers, but filled with polyester; children's toys made of pvc or polyurethane; or pedicure files, pumice stones, and synthetic scrubs.
And what about the myriad chemicals we use to clean ourselves. Do we really need so many types of shampoos, gels, conditioners, or bath salts? From Sinplástico, we want to share a series of simple gestures to reduce most of the plastics that surround us when showering. For the body: Use soap bars that contain organic vegetable oils, and essential oils instead of artificial fragrances.
These soaps are more natural and therefore more respectful with your skin. With this gesture we will remove the plastic jars from the gels.
If, in addition, we acquire them in bulk, we will avoid the packaging in which many of these pills are presented to us. Use cotton mitts or cellulose sponges, avoiding sea sponges that are still animals.
They are the ideal complement to bars of soap. Use wooden brushes and natural bristles to clean and massage the skin.
Luffa sponges, natural pumice stone, and sisal or jute gloves can be used to remove dead skin and reactivate circulation. Artificial exfoliating gels, in addition to being packaged in plastic, contain plastic micro-particles that end up polluting the oceans. For the bathroom of your daughters and sons, you can substitute plastic toys for rubber toys or natural latex.
They are biodegradable and much healthier, since they do not release harmful particles into the water. For hair: Regarding the issue of hair care, we want to mention the “no-poo” trend (no-shampoo / no shampoo) that promotes washing without using any shampoo, claiming that its chemicals are harmful and weaken the hair.
In return, they propose to wash only with warm water or, if the hair is very oily, with natural products such as bicarbonate or white apple cider vinegar. After a short time of acclimatization, they affirm, the natural oils of the hair are restored and the hair acquires its original texture that makes it stay soft and balanced. Without going “no-poo”, we can reduce our impact by using less soap and washing it less frequently.
It is proven that washing your hair daily is not healthy because it weakens it and encourages the excessive production of hair fat. Another interesting option to reduce our plastic footprint when washing our hair is to choose shampoos in tablets.
If, however, your choice is liquid shampoos, choose ecological options that carry labels such as SOIL or Ecocert that guarantee that they contain natural ingredients. Nowadays it is almost impossible to find a non-certified product that does not contain PEG-type silicones that, in addition to being carcinogenic, and derived from oil, are not biodegradable. Therefore, when mixed with the water we use in our daily hygiene, they end up in the sea.
And, from there, to our food chain.
Now we let you enjoy a good shower taking care of your body in a healthy and ecological way.