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Credits to: Chagrin Valley Soap

Have you ever considered solid toiletries, such as bar soaps, shampoos and conditioners? These are great options for travelers, as they are considerably lightweight and do not contain gels or liquids.

These bars also create positive impacts for the environment because of their package-free nature. According to UK-based Lush Cosmetics, the pioneer of bar shampoos, over 552 million bottles sold each year are from shampoo, and over 80% of the trash found on beaches are from plastic packaging. In addition, Euromonitor recently reported more than half a trillion plastic bottles will be sold annually by 2021. This demand is equal to approximately 20,000 bottles sold every second and most will end up in the landfill or ocean. This figure does not include other waste, such as additional packaging, plastic bags, or discarded goods.

Intended to last for about 80 washes, one shampoo or conditioner bar from Lush is equivalent to three regular sized bottles of their liquid counterparts. Other brands have followed suit in this plastic-free beauty movement, including Ethique (New Zealand), Beauty & the Bees (Australia), Basin (USA), Friendly Soap (UK), and Chagrin Valley (USA).

Besides eliminating the need for plastic and packaging, here are some benefits to switching from bottles to bars:

1. One bar goes a long way.

2. They are small and lightweight.

3. Support small or independent companies.

4. Many are cruelty-free and use all-natural products

5. They can go on your carry-on luggage!

To get more tips on sustainable hair and skincare products when travelling read our previous Green Tip on this topic.

Sustainability starts from taking small actions that gradually become environmentally responsible habits. Happy washing and happy travels!


Building our Industry – Eco-Sensitive Architecture

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Eco-Sensitive Architecture: greenwall

Features of green buildings include the consideration of the environment during every stage of the construction process; planning a green building focuses on the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the building. Green buildings not only offer widespread benefits to various stakeholders and society, they also provide better air quality, natural light, and view and noise control, which makes them ideal for living and working.

For more details on green buildings and their features click here.

Since not all structures can be replaced with newer green buildings, retrofitting existing buildings to improve sustainability and energy performance should be considered. To improve the sustainability of a building there are numerous steps to consider, such as renewable energy suppliers and sources, e.g. solar panels or wind turbines. Other initiatives could be to develop a more efficient waste and water management plan, or install other features like eco-friendly insulation.

More details on greening buildings and other sustainability tips can be found here.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard, offers a leading benchmarking service to certify the resource efficiency of buildings.

USGBC also provides some useful facts on green buildings and ways to save.