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Switch to a bar of soap

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Wednesday 1 January 2020

We get through 13 billion plastic bottles every year in the UK. Many of those plastic bottles will be tucked away in our bathrooms. All plastic bottles are recyclable in Essex, but you can avoid this plastic by opting for a bar of soap or even shampoo bar, they often last longer than bottle alternatives and can now be found wrapped in paper or card.

Swap to a bar of soap

By switching to a bar of soap, you can reduce the amount of plastic you use, and it could even save you money. Not only are bars of soap often cheaper to purchase, they can last longer than shower gel bottles which makes it even more cost effective.

You’ll also reduce your carbon footprint by making the switch, as per wash, liquid soap has a 25% bigger carbon footprint than solid soap due to the amount of packaging and energy used to make them. Solid soap isn’t just an alternative to shower gel though – you can also use solid shampoo, conditioner, and hand soap. By making these switches, you will soon be on your way to having a plastic-free bathroom!

Recycle your bathroom bottles

Sometimes you may not be able to avoid using bottles of shower gel and shampoo, but you can recycle them using your kerbside collection anywhere in Essex. Give the plastic bottle a quick rinse, squash and pop the lid back on, then it is ready for your plastic recycling bin.

Reduce your plastic, take the Essex Plastic Pledge

Join us either as an individual or household and sign the Essex Plastic Pledge. You will receive a monthly e-newsletter packed full of hints and tips and be entered into prize draws to win items that will help you reduce your plastics.

Sign the Essex Plastic Pledge for residents here.

If you're a school in Essex, you can sign the the Essex Plastic Pledge for your school. You will then receive a bi-monthly newsletter full of inspiration from other local schools on how to reduce plastic waste as well as access to an online resource pack full of activities and tools to help your school succeed in reducing plastic waste.  

Sign the Essex Plastic Pledge for schools here.

If you're an organisation in Essex, such as a business, college, university or community group you can sign the Essex Plastic Pledge as an organisation. You will receive a bi-monthly newsletter full of inspiration from other local organisation sharing their experiences and success stories on reducing plastic waste, as well as access to an online resource pack to help you on the journey to reduce plastic waste.

Sign the Essex Plastic Pledge for organisations here.

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