In an effort to lower the amount of plastic we use C and I started to look at all of the products and items we had that could be substituted for a more sustainable product.
One of the main areas that we struggled with was soap. With a family of six we go through our fair share of plastic bottles of hand soap at the sinks, body soap in the showers and bath. After much research we discovered that even the most sustainable and ecologically friendly brands and producers used plastics of some form.
This was a great source of frustration for us, mostly due to the fact that our children liked to empty entire soap bottles into the bath…yeahp a whole container!
So, the question became how do we keep using soap (A must!) but limit the number of plastics we are consuming? Could we make our own?
Of course, we could.
And that’s what we did. We purchased the ingredients we needed, making sure to buy only glass containers that could be repurposed or reused around the home. The process was surprisingly easy and after just thirty minutes work we had made enough soap to last us a month.
That was several months ago and now after making many more batches we have been using the soap daily and are extremely happy with our all-organic homemade soap, we even gift it to friends and family all of whom have become repeat customers.
When it comes to sustainability questions around the home, take some time to find out exactly what the issue is and whether you need to “refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rot” (Bea Johnson www.zerowastehome.com ) or do it yourself