The use of soaps and the environment

How soap and packaging impact the environment

With a few years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of washing hands with soap and hand disinfectants is unavoidable as a primary way to control the infection spread in communities and healthcare facilities. The extraordinary surge in demand for handwashing products has led to environmental concerns. Since soaps are complex mixtures of toxic and persistent active ingredients, there is an increased risk of hazardous materials being present in wastewater and sludge, polluting our waterways.

Additionally, with the increase in soap packaging waste production, soap packaging waste management and recycling become essential to reduce environmental impact. While 90% of us recycle our kitchen waste, we recycle only 50% of our beauty packaging – probably because our recycling bins are in the kitchen. The norm is to pack beauty products in plastic. Annually, the beauty industry produces more than 120 BILLION units of packaging globally. Only 9% of all plastic waste ever produced has been recycled, and about 12% incinerated and all the rest — 79% — ended up in landfills, dumps, or the natural environment. When it comes to beauty packaging, 95% of it is thrown out after just one use, and only 14% of plastic makes it to a recycling center. Considering these figures, you can imagine what might be happening to the packaging of your personal care and beauty products.

Since biodegradable soaps are formulated with environmentally friendly natural materials, they will naturally decompose over time. Improving biodegradable and herbal soaps and detergents and producing more sustainable and eco-friendly hygiene products are attractive solutions to overcome environmental impacts of these products. Industries should gradually move toward developing sustainable hygiene products with the focus on natural and non-synthetic chemicals, biodegradable and non-toxic ingredients, natural compounds for antimicrobial purposes, and reusable and recyclable packaging materials.

Handmade soaps with sustainable packaging

On our EarthForAll shop you’ll find a variety of handmade, organic soaps with sustainable packaging. FORESTA’s line of natural cosmetics include products which are vegan and organic. There are no plastics and no synthetic or artificial compounds in these cosmetic items. Moreover, the packaging that these products come in is minimal and does not contain any plastic. FORESTA’s line of handmade soaps are locally made in an artisanal workshop, reducing their carbon footprint significantly.

FORESTA’s soaps can be used for your hands and face and have a variety of properties depending on the soap you pick. For instance, our handmade mango soap is ideal for dry and combination skin. It has moisturising, regenerating, and antioxidant properties.

We also offer an oat and shea butter soap which is perfect for delicate skin, with moisturising, soothing, and exfoliating properties.

In addition to being environmentally sustainable, FORESTA’s cosmetic products are also made with quality in mind. They are just as effective, if not more, than the mainstream counterparts. We encourage you to take a look at the options you have available to you here.

What is EarthForAll?

EarthForAll is a shop where you can find a wide array of sustainable household items. All our products are made locally in Spain. Leaving behind single-use plastics and non-reusable items while investing in high quality reusable products can be a very efficient way of making your consumption practices more sustainable. Our products are reusable, practical, and useful for all members of the family. From hygiene and cleaning supplies to school items and baby care products, the EarthForAll shop provides sustainable household items with high quality in mind.