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Bar Soap, Liquid Soap, and The Environment

        Both of these types of soaps effectively cleanse your skin of germs, but why choose bar soaps over the more trendy liquid soaps?

Soap bars are traditionally made by mixing together fats and oils with lye (sodium hydroxide). During the process of saponification the lye is neutralized and what you are left with is a bar of soap. Liquid soaps on the other hand are more times than not, a detergent made up of chemical compounds. These two kinds of soaps differ when it comes to the impact they have on mama Earth.Bar soap does utilize raw materials, meaning  land usage does go into account, but even with that factored in, it’s still more environmentally friendly than liquid soap.

         How so? Handmade bar soaps obviously don't come in a plastic bottle, but instead a paper or cardboard wrapping! Liquid soaps always come in a plastic container which CAN be recycled, but usually doesn’t. These plastic containers also take a lot of energy to manufacture. Reducing the use of plastic makes bar soap the greener option. In addition to that, liquid soap is mostly water weight - making it heavier. This increases the energy needed to transport liquid soap.

        When it comes to our everyday usage of soap it’s been estimated that we actually also use more liquid soap than bar soap, about 6x times more. The higher turnover rate on liquid soap means more plastic and more carbon emissions. Bar soap by contrast lasts much longer, meaning you need to purchase less frequently!

          According to McGill University’s research, liquid soap has a carbon footprint 25% higher than bar soap! Now is the time to make the switch BACK to the OG soap. 


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