These liquid soap refills will minimize plastic waste and leave you fresh and clean with natural ingredients.
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How sweet would it be if everyday staples were delivered to your door as needed so that you didn’t have to think about it? What if this also reduced your landfill and CO2 footprint? For everyday staples like shampoos, conditioners, cleaning products, and handsoaps, some brands offer refills produced, packaged, and shipped in ways that create less waste than conventional options. In particular, handsoaps from these brands feature all-natural and biodegradable ingredients and recyclable or compostable packaging.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 82 million tons of packaging is generated yearly. And, we recycle less than 15% of the packaging we use. That’a a big problem when heavy plastic containers like hand soaps can decompose in landfills for an estimated 450 years. So, how can we as consumers make a difference?
The most sustainable soap is a good ole’ fashioned bar of soap packaged in recyclable or compostable paper. Liquid soap refills are the next best option for those who don’t like bars. Refills allow you to reuse those heavy plastic containers. Even giant brands like Nivea and Softsoap offer liquid soap refills now. Other brands take sustainable initiatives such as using recycled and recyclable packaging materials and all-natural ingredients. Here’s our roundup of the most sustainable liquid soap refills.
At first glance, these tablets might not look like liquid soap. But, just add water and you can start washing! To use, simply fill one of your refillable soap bottles with water and drop it in the tab. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Environmental Impact: These tabs are shipped in paper that can be disposed of in your garden or compost. No landfills required! To date, their eco-friendly cleaning products have saved 1 billion single-use plastic bottles from landfills and oceans since 2019.
Each of Clean Cult’s liquid soap refills is made with biodegradable ingredients and shipped in a paper and aluminum carton that is 100% recyclable.
Environmental Impact: Formulated with the earth in mind, these soaps don’t contain any synthetic ingredients that can potentially pollute water sources or harm the environment. And, if you opt for refills you’ll receive an item that you can easily recycle in your area or join the company’s recycling program to have them recycle your discarded packaging for you.
The Parisian heritage brand has delighted palettes for almost a century with natural ingredients sourced directly from the earth. Known for its collection of perfumes and candles, the French brand also offers a ‘softening hand rinse’ in its signature lavender scent as part of its liquid soap refills collection.
Environmental Impact: Natural ingredients are used instead of synthetics. And several of the brand’s suppliers are certified organic. Earlier this year, Diptyque debuted sustainable packaging upgrades such as a glass bottle made from 10% post-consumer recycled materials and refillable packaging.
Since 2017, L’Occitane has produced liquid soap refills for 13 of its soap products. This allowed the company to save 153 tons of material that year alone. Each refill is 82% less packaging weight than a standard soap container.
Environmental Impact: L’Occitane has made steady changes to become more sustainable over the last few years. To date, 30% of the ingredients across their supply chain are traceable with 50% certified organic. All ingredients are ethically sourced to ensure that fair labor and workers’ rights are met. The company has also partnered with Terra Cycle to take back empty beauty and skin care containers to ensure they’re properly recycled.
This gently exfoliating soap uses biodegradable jojoba beads to sloth off dead skin and gently nourish hands. The refill pouch is made with 60% less plastic than its standard bottles.
Environmental Impact: The cult hair care brand is now offering more items that are just as powerful, but less wasteful than your standards beauty offerings. Their packaging features recycled and recyclable materials. And, reusable containers can be refilled with options that save on packaging.
Indulge in the fresh woodsy scents of geranium, vetiver, grapefruit, and a splash of nutmeg in this formula. Plus, rest assured that your hands will be cleaned with gentle loving care since all of the liquid soap refills are free of formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfates, and phthalates.
Environmental Impact: Public Goods is a zero-waste company providing essentials with minimal packaging and labeling. This avoids the waste from excess packaging and allows you to stock up on refillable items for your house and home.