I was reading the April, 2016 Real Simple magazine. It's all about spring cleaning--home and life.
I don't know why I am such a sucker for the cleaning and organizing topic. I click on those Pinterest teasers, "Secrets of People Live in Pristine Homes." The secrets are always tidy, clean and put away every day. Never a magic bullet or advice to hire a cleaning service!
Which is not to say that I never learn something new. There was an article in RS about "eco-habits." It recommended using soap bars for washing up as much as possible. Now I do have a liquid soap dispenser in my kitchen and I have some body wash in the shower that I use on occasion, but I do love a bar of soap.
Don't know what to give me for a present? A bar of chocolate or a bar of soap.
I love handmade soaps from craft fair. I love fancy French milled soaps from expensive boutiques. I love scented soaps (even though they may make me sneeze). I love the Publix store brand of cream-based soap. I, of course, love these soaps.
The thing I learned--something I never even thought to consider before--is that liquid soaps require five times more energy for raw material production and almost twenty times the energy for packaging over bar soap.
Plus, according to this article, people tend to use seven times the liquid soap compared to solid soap when washing hands.
It made me stop and think. It's easy to be seduced by advertising and not even think about the impact of something as small as the choice of how to wash up.
Another small step in my quest to save the earth. And I really have to remind myself to stop and think about the products I use and the packaging they come in.