What shampoo is best for the environment?

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It’s important to be aware that products marketed as ‘natural’ doesn’t always ensure that they are environmentally safe. Many brands incorporate eco related terminologies such as ‘fresh’, ‘green’, ‘invigorate’, and ‘nature’ on their product packaging, however still include environmentally harmful chemicals.

Some claims against personal care products have accused the industry of under-regulating product ingredient-bases in comparison to other products. As a result of this, many standard shampoos include harmful chemicals and ingredients, without considering the long terms environmental affects. When shopping for an eco friendly shampoo, look out for these harmful chemicals:

– Parabens:

– Sodium laureth sulfate & Sodium lauryl sulfate:

– Phthalates:

– Methylisothiazolinone:

Be aware of these chemicals when choosing a shampoo, since traces of these chemicals have been found in rivers and streams, and have been known to cause adverse health and environmental affects, according to scientific research.

Environmental groups such as the Environmental Working Group and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics aim question brands that choose to include such chemicals in their products.

Try to avoid shampoos that contain unsustainable palm oil, SLSs, and sulfates. Many shampoos that claim to be vegan and cruelty-free shampoo still include some of the chemicals mentioned above, meaning that they are not eco friendly. If the shampoo has no packaging, most eco friendly brands usually include this information online.

Choosing a plastic free shampoo

Each second, it is estimated that around 500 pounds of plastic waste makes its way into the oceans. Plastic landfill pollution is equally problematic. Reducing single-use plastic waste is paramount in the fight against our global pollution crisis. By choosing a zero waste shampoo (i.e. packaging free), you can reduce your carbon footprint and help to keep the environment clean.

Conventional plastics cannot be composted in the same way that organic materials can, hence why plastics take centuries, if ever, to disappear. Since shampoo is such a common household item, shampoo bottles are a perfect example of a single use plastic item that can be substituted for an eco friendly material.

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