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SHAMPOO BARS ARE PACKAGE FREE!
This is by far the number one reason to make the switch to shampoo bars and conditioner bars. These little pucks don’t require packaging, so they are much better for the environment than their bottled counterparts.
I hunted around the Internet for some statistics on shampoo usage so I could try and wrap my head around how many bottles of shampoo there are in circulation globally, but I wasn’t able to find anything that directly answered that question. Instead, I found some U.S. Census and Simmons National Consumer Survey (NHCS) data that claim 298.83 million Americans used shampoo in 2017. Arguably, most of these people are using some form of bottled product, so that amounts to a heck of a lot of bottles, especially since that number doesn’t include all the small bottles produced for hotels worldwide (we’ll get to that momentarily)!
That was helpful(ish), but on my hunt I came across this article summarizing estimates from Euromonitor International’s global packaging trends report that scared the socks off me! While it’s related to water bottle production, here are some terrifying highlights that shed light on the enormity of just how much disposable bottles we are generating annually:
- A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number is projected to jump another 20% by 2021
- This equates to about 20,000 bottles being bought every second
- More than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold in 2016 across the world, up from about 300 billion a decade ago. If placed end to end, these bottles would extend more than halfway to the sun.
- By 2021 annual plastic bottles sold is projected to increase to 583.3 billion.
- Fewer than half of the bottles bought in 2016 were collected for recycling and just 7% of those collected were turned into new bottles. That means, approximately 93% of the 480 billion plastic water bottles sold in 2016 ended up in landfill or in the ocean.
These statistics are related to plastic water bottles ALONE! In other words, this info doesn’t encompass all the other packaging waste in our supply chain, or other waste in general (hello, fast fashion - we’ll save that topic for another post!). When you start to think about it from that perspective, the numbers are pretty staggering. To me, it’s a no brainer that it’s better for the environment (and ultimately for the future of our species and all species on earth) to make an effort to reduce packaging across the board where possible.