SWITCHING TO SOAP
In an effort to reduce plastic waste, many people are swapping their shower gels for soap bars. Here is why swapping gels for soaps can help benefit the environment:
Soap is produced by a chemical reaction called saponification. Saponification is when an alkaline solution, usually lye, is combined with fats or oils to cause a chemical reaction. This reaction turns the original ingredients into a mixture of salt and fatty acids; a completely different chemical structure than the sum of the original ingredients.
Lye itself generally has a low environmental footprint because it is a by-product of the chemical industry, and combining lye with other natural ingredients and plastic-free packaging can make soaps a much more eco-friendly way of keeping fresh.
That said, here are some other ingredients to avoid:
• Organic ingredients
• All-natural ingredients
• Palm oil
• Animal tallow
• Brands that test on animals
...And also look for:
• Soap in eco-friendly packaging
• Soap made locally to reduce the carbon footprint of transportation