How do shampoo chemicals affect the environment?

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One environmental risk that arises a result of conventional shampoo is the release of chemicals into water supplies.

Standard shampoos are known to include various chemicals that are thought to be harmful to the environment. These chemicals are often included to help form foam and pleasant scents.

Eco friendly, biodegradable shampoos bars aim to ensure minimal carbon output as well as including natural, human and animal friendly ingredients. Some harmful chemicals often included in standard shampoos include:

– Ammonium Chloride & Methylisothiazolinone:
MIT is a preservative used in many shampoos. Research has linked MIT to various skin related issues

– Parabens:
Parabens prevent bacteria from growing as well as other microbes. Research has found traces of parabens in malignant tumors

– Phthalates:
Phthalates are used to help maintain scent and fragrance longevity. Research has linked phthalates to multiple health issues such as cancer, endocrine and birth defects

– Triclosan:
Triclosan is a chemical antibacterial agent which may cause hormone disruptions, leading to cancer fetal development.

– Sodium laureth sulfate & Sodium lauryl sulfate:
SLES and SLS are agents that allow foam to arise. Research has linked SLES with organ, lung and skin irritation Sodium Laureth Sulfate is also thought to be mutagenic to animals.

How can I clean my hair without harming the environment?

Choosing an eco friendly shampoo that can biodegrade helps to maintain a zero carbon footprint when it comes to hair care waste. Shampoo bars are a perfect example of a plastic and package free, earth friendly shampoo.

Aside from the environmentally safe shampoos in our shop, you can check shampoo formula and ingredient bases in order to ensure that none of the above chemicals are included.

Aside from the chemical environmental damages, other environmental considerations such as water supply usage should be taken into consideration. According to The Conversation, “shampooing your hair twice per day followed by conditioner uses annually around 14,222 litres of water and 1252kWh of energy, costs about £245.”

Being aware of the time it takes you to clean your hair as well as the volume of water usage is another facet to bear in mind when it comes to eco showering habits.

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