Take no bottles into the shower

Squeaky green

An infamous TV advert from the early 90s argued that there was no longer any need to take two bottles into the shower: why use separate shampoo and conditioner when you could just “wash and go”? I’ve always tried to minimise the number of bottles, tubes and tubs of stuff required for personal hygiene, usually managing with a bottle of hair-and-body shower gel, a tube of toothpaste and a roll-on antiperspirant as the bare essentials. But it dawned on me recently that, even with just taking one bottle into the shower, that’s still a heck of a lot of plastic over a lifetime of daily showers.

So, my latest effort to avoid unnecessary use of plastic is to replace the shower gel with a bar of soap. A quick trip to Lush revealed that they have a range of soap bars designed for hair and body. At €8.50 for one, (on Kalverstraat, Amsterdam) it’s not cheap, but one bar will apparently do sixty showers; and sixty showers is probably just about two plastic bottles-worth of gel. And, as an added bonus, it’s one liquid fewer to worry about when flying!