All the water you did not use in your shower...

All the water you did not use in your shower...

Jun 26, 2022

Barbara Marengo

All the water you did not use....or did you?

How much of a difference can you really make?  Solid Shampoo & Conditioner Bars do not contain water, and thus do not need a plastic bottle, but the amount of water saved goes way beyond the liquid in the bottle!

While it’s easy to be aware of the water we know we are saving (by showering rather than bathing, or using a solid shampoo bar rather than a liquid shampoo) I would like to share with you the true impact you are making by changing from a bottle to a bar! 

 Not just the WATER in your shampoo….

Your average bottle of liquid shampoo is 90% water. Meaning that an 85g Beba Botanica shampoo bar is equivalent to approximately 3 x 300 ml bottles of liquid shampoo. For every shampoo bar you use, you save approximately 800g of water in the product, as well as all the water used in the manufacturing process – amounting to hundreds of litres of water saved.

 This is known as the product’s water footprint – measuring the virtual water flow (used or polluted) in the lifecycle of the product, from primary production to disposal or recycling, and includes the water used or saved in the manufacturing process through to the suds which go down the drain as you wash your hair. But its not all about the bar.

To truly understand the water you are saving, you need to measure the water footprint of the 3 plastic bottles you did not use when you purchased your Beba Botanica shampoo bar.

 

Plastic Bottles are REALLY Thirsty….

To manufacture a typical plastic shampoo bottle requires 1.4 gallons (5.3 liters) of water (per bottle). The recycling process can be up to three times more, especially when bottles must be decontaminated / cleaned prior to recycling. In Canada an average of 20% of HDPE plastic water bottles are recycled. It is estimated that more than 91% of  HDPE shampoo bottles end up in landfill because of their previous contents.

Simple math:

  • 1 bar shampoo = 3 plastic bottles of shampoo.
  • Virtual Water saved by 1 bar shampoo = 750ml
  • Water Footprint saving is estimated at 66.7 liters of water (to manufacture, clean and recycle 3 plastic bottles)

 

1000 good reasons to change your bottle to a bar…

 Your plastic shampoo bottle can take over 1000 years to decompose in the environment!

Did you know…while China produced the most plastic materials by region creating 31% of the world’s plastic in 2019, Canada was the world’s largest waste producer on the planet!

Interesting Canadian recycling statistics from 2019:

  • 673 kilograms of waste generated per capita
  • 510 kilograms of garbage per capita to landfills
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped in landfills annually

 

Be the change you wish to see in your shower – and change from the Bottle to a Bar!

 Beba Botanica Shampoo Bars are easy to use and will leave your scalp healthy and nourished and your hair smooth, healthy and hydrated. What’s more, our ingredients are biodegradable too! Made with luxurious African Oils and Butters and gentle plant-based cleansers, our bars are gentle, cruelty free and eco-friendly.

By changing to a Beba Botanica solid shampoo bar, you are saving our planet from plastic pollution AND you are saving at least 67,5 liters of water with every bar! It really is that easy!

* Beba Botanica’s bar shampoo is not a shampoo soap bar, but a solid shampoo bar. You can learn more about the difference between a shampoo bar and a bar of soap here

 

Keen to find out more about your family’s water usage ? 

We love this cool water calculator  check it out and learn more about how you can make a difference!

 

References & Additional reading:

https://www.plasticexpert.co.uk/plastic-recycling/hdpe-plastic-recycling/

https://www.azocleantech.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=255

https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/bottle-recycling-1.5416614

https://foodprint.org/blog/plastic-water-bottle/

https://responsiblewaterscientists.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/the-water-footprint-of-plastics/

https://www.healthline.com/health/reusing-plastic-bottles#plastics

https://www.waste360.com/mag/waste_hdpe_bottles_2

https://ovenvia.com/how-much-water-does-it-take-to-produce-a-plastic-water-bottle/#How_much_water_does_it_take_to_make_a_plastic_bottle

https://reviewmoose.ca/blog/recycling-statistics/

https://waterfootprint.org/en/water-footprint/what-is-water-footprint/

https://www.watercalculator.org/posts/smarter-shopping/

https://responsiblewaterscientists.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/some-facts-and-figures-about-water/