Why is bar soap the better environmental choice?

When you think of a bar of soap, how often does your mind trail back to the hotel novelties for when you forgot to pack your travel sized bodywash? Long before soap bars were concidered part of a trendy lifestyle movement, and you think about how they were always there. Maybe it was a sign from the beginning, that bar soap is all you actually need to contribute to a better enviromental legacy. This wasn't realized by our Co-Founders until Judith & her mother created the first soap loaf in Claresholm, Alberta. 

Our handcrafted Better Bathing bars are loved by the B&B Community for a number of reasons:

  • Ample variety of 100% natural aromas;
  • Soft colour pallet created by natural clays;
  • Artisanal Craftsmanship;
  • Plastic Free;
  • Moisterizing lather that leaves hands squeaky clean;
  • Simplicity of ingredients;
  • Caters to every skin type;
  • Animal Cruelty Free;

But one of the most popular reasons is because we reach for better in our daily care because it is the better environmental choice! The easiest environmental benefit to see is the packaging- a thin piece of recyclable and biodegradable  card-stock. But this environmental trend of solid soap being the Better Bathing choice goes much deeper.

Here are three other areas where researchers found a big environmental swing in favour of bar over liquid;

Energy:
According to our reference study, liquid washes consume 5x more energy for raw material production and 20x more energy for packaging production!! Luckily, there are products and practices that allow people to reuse the packaging, but the raw material production and then the carbon footprint of shipping water-based product still make bar soap a winner in this category. 

Ecotoxicity:
In our reference study, it was actually noted that there are 'no ecotoxic emissions from the use of bar soap because it only contains natural oils.' Unlike the unsurprising 98.4% contamination of chemical emmisions in wastewater caused by liquid soaps! Please check the table below for further referencing. 

Rate of Use:
It may seem like liquids are a bargain at the per unit cost, but that has proven to not be the case. We actually go through liquid soaps 6x the speed of a bar soap. That's right, SIX TIMES! This is why a single shampoo bar can offset three standard bottles of liquid shampoo. Your soap bar is a hyper-concentrated cleaning machine that can last months more than the typical handwash (which is watered down anyways)!

 

--Why we #RaiseTheBar--

So, at the end of the day, is switching to a Better Bathing bar going to make a major impact on your environmental legacy? It won't be as impactful as switching to public transit, or cutting out meat and dairy, or installing solar panels on your home. But as a really easy to reach low-hanging piece of fruit that is also symbolic of a larger lifestyle commitment, we think it's worth reaching for every day of the week. So try out a natural soap bar today, and jump start your Better Bathing journey! 

Edited by Chloé Burton on 16/01/2021 to ensure Up-to-Date information.