We all know that bottled water is bad. It’s usually just tap water put into plastic bottles and dropped off in pallets at our local grocery store. You end up paying dollars for something that costs cents when it comes out of the faucet in your home. Add in the plastic waste and you get a bad environmental actor that no one wants to defend.
But what about your shampoo and shower gel? Look at the first ingredient. I am betting dollars to donuts that the first ingredient listed is water. How much water? Seventy to eighty percent depending upon the formulation.  Shower gel is in the same boat and considering its rise to prominence over bar soap I am guessing that most people have multiple bottles of what is mostly water in their showers. 
Every one of those bottles of shampoo and shower gel are just a step up from buying bottled water. I have always been a bar soap guy finding the entire loofah and shower gel combo unsatisfying on a number of fronts. Foremost among those is what wondering what is lurking in the folds of that loofah that do not get clean. Sorry for that image, folks.
Bar soap is the easy answer to shower gel. Hell, it’s also one of the easiest things to get from a local provider because almost every farmers market I have been to over the past decade has a soapmaker or two. Or you could get the soap that I like the best…Pacha’s Dirty Hippie.
The shampoo angle seems a little harder until you do a little digging. I would not have thought twice about it until a friend re-gifted me a Lush Seanik shampoo bar. All I could remember thinking was why I did not come across this concept sooner. Now, I do not care to afford Lush’s products although I do love their ingredients and social bent. Once the Seanik bar ran out I bought some J.R. Liggett Old Fashioned shampoo bars and I am working through them currently.
Bar soap and shampoo bars come with none of the packaged plastic waste that comes from shower gel and liquid shampoo. If we really want to make a change in the way we consume things we really need to examine the nature of the products that we buy and the packaging that those products come in. A little paper wrapper seems like a much better solution than an empty plastic bottle.