Whole Life Soaps

To Reduce Plastic Waste, Use Bar Soap.

Bill McConnellComment

Reducing plastic in the environment is something, I’m sure, we all agree needs to be done, but being mindful and purposeful about it is often daunting because when we don’t see the problem, we forget it is a problem.

I’m sure you’ve seen those pictures of whales with plastic pouring from their mouths.

I’m sure you’ve seen those pictures of sea turtles with their waists constricted by plastic and rubber bands.

I’m sure you’ve seen those photos where marine life is choked by the plastic ring holes from your six-pack.

And, I’m sure you’ve seen photos of that huge plastic garbage patch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

That’s what we contribute to the environment when we use plastic, unfortunately. And we have all added to it—through tooth brushes, plastic bags at the grocery store, straws at restaurants—because any one-time plastic use item will end up in the middle of the ocean or in the middle of the forest or in the middle of a landfill where it stays seemingly forever. To us, it goes in a trash can and gets hauled away, literally to places like China, because American problems are generally solved when they are considered out of sight and out of mind.

That’s why we, at Whole Life Soaps, are committed to easing our (and by default your) reliance on single use plastic containers.

It’s why we don’t make liquid shampoo or liquid conditioner or liquid dish soap.

It’s why we wrap our bar soap in biolefin, a 100% recyclable plastic shrink-wrap that degrades within six to twenty-four months.

It’s why our scrubs, face masks, tooth powders, and deodorant pastes come in glass jars.

And by purchasing our products, you are minimizing your impact on the environment because you are purchasing items that are packaged in 100% recyclable materials.

We are not perfect in our endeavor, either, but we are trying. We still sell lotion and lip balm and beard oils and stick deodorants and body sprays that use plastic containers, and it kills me to put them in such containers, but I have not yet found a durable and quality alternative container for them. But I am actively searching for affordable, non-plastic packaging solutions for those items; and as soon as I find them, I will be using them. Perhaps I will stop making these in the future if I cannot find a replacement container, but for now, I’m still searching.

In advance, you have our thanks for buying bar soap. Please know that the plastic wrap that protects it will deteriorate quickly. Please know that it won’t choke a seal or a whale or a dolphin.

Reducing plastic in the environment is something, I’m sure, we all agree needs to be done, but being mindful and purposeful about it is often daunting because when we don’t see the problem, we forget it is a problem.

Just remember that even small changes in your lifestyle can make a difference over time.

Thanks—

 

Bill McConnell

Owner, Whole Life Soaps

https://www.reduce-plastic-waste.com/