It may not come as a surprise by now, but many shampoos, conditioners, and body washes that come in plastic bottles end up in the trash somewhere far away that doesn’t smell very good after we’re through with them. In fact, an estimated 552 million shampoo bottles end up in US landfills every year — if you’re a visual person, that’s about 1,164 football fields worth of plastic. yes
As much as I’d like to think I’m a conscious consumer and lead a fairly eco-friendly lifestyle — always looking for more sustainable options and EWG-certified products on the shelf — I’ve been slow to jump on the shampoo bandwagon. bar train. These solid hair washes are left entirely in plastic, promising all the benefits of traditional shampoos and conditioners, without the waste. But I’m skeptical: will they really After washing my hair and moisturizing as well as the bottled stuff? Are they as easy to dispense or as solidly satisfying as finding more sudsy substance in my locks? If you’re lathering up with Parrotfish, the answer is yes.
Parrotfish is a charming, effective new collection of plastic-free shower products that are good for the planet. and your body Founded by National Geographic designer Katie Pearson Fucci, who saw the destructive bathroom plastic wreaking havoc on our oceans herself, Parrotfish is here to clean up your act, one shower at a time. “Every day, I see gut-wrenching images of sea creatures’ habitats filled with plastic, and they’re entangled in bags, soda rings or nets,” she explains. “I have also created infographics detailing plastic pollution by the numbers. It makes me want to start living a more plastic-free lifestyle.
Inspired by the parrotfish—a species of fish that helps clean saltwater and maintain reef health by chomping on dead coral and algae—Parrotfish’s shampoo, conditioner, and body wash bars are all plastic-free, cruelty-free, and palm-oil-free. for free. The vibrant colors of real fish and the importance of ecosystems translate perfectly into the brand’s color-happy, compostable packaging. It’s all made without any questionable parabens, unnatural dyes, or anything else you don’t want in your hair or water once it’s washed down the drain. Most importantly, it was received I Ditch my plastic bottles for good. Here is the reason.
Parrotfish is effective and Earth-friendly
Being a sucker for cute packaging and ocean-themed products, Parrotfish caught my attention. But I still had my doubts—would the bars be more time-consuming to work on a froth? Does the conditioner really work through my thick strands and not leave me with more knots than before?
“I definitely understand the reluctance to switch to a shampoo bar, so I focused on making the switch as easy as possible by creating a super sudsy shampoo bar made with a safe synthetic ingredient, sodium cocoa sulfate,” says Pearson Fucci. From coconut to petroleum, she says it’s much milder than traditional sulfates but still produces the rich, bubbly lather you want when you shampoo.
Taking her word for it, I opted for the Nourishing and Clarifying Argan Cleanse Shampoo ($15) and Argan Conditioner ($15)—good go-tos for normal to dry (and color-treated) hair. Argan oil prevents dryness, reduces frizz, and increases shine and shine. It repairs bad breakage (which I often get from wearing my hair in a ponytail) while keeping your hair and scalp moisturized.
Since the gentle, very mild ingredients never strip hair of its natural oils — as many mainstream shampoos tend to do — a little bit of the bar really does go a long way. Parrotfish is really not like normal solid shampoos that you have to keep scrubbing that works even on small suds. Rub a little against your tendrils and before you know it, you’ll have spa-worthy foam to easily wash and nourish your strands.
Conditioner is the same more Impressive, because it detangled my hair with just one, thin layer, not requiring multiple heavy coats like other conditioner bars. Formulated with natural butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil, this blend closely mirrors the scalp’s natural oils while moisturizing thirsty strands. You will notice the alluring and heady aroma of argan after you towel dry your hair. It smells amazing – and feels great too. As I combed through my wet hair, all notions of bars being more time-consuming or challenging to use than bottles went down the drain. Digging the plastic would be more windy than I thought.
Solid bath accessories allow your consciousness to relax as well. Pearson Fucci states that hair and body strips need to produce 5x less energy than their plastic counterparts. Plus, consumers use 30 percent less water when washing with solid products. “Most large companies’ marketing strategy is to make their products last longer, so the repeat purchase cycle is shorter,” she says. “With liquid shampoo, you drive to the store and buy the product more often – using more emissions and money – but you’ll also have three times the amount of waste. Most liquid shampoos contain 80 percent water, so when you squeeze out the water, you’re not left with much shampoo. On the flip side, one Parrotfish bar lasts as long as three 12-ounce liquid bottles.”
Overall, my transition from liquid to bar was much smoother than I expected, literally and figuratively. Besides feeling great about finally joining the plastic-free shower movement, my hair is actually healthier, softer and less frizzy after just a few short weeks of use. The only thing fishy about these bars is the name – they’re effective, simple to use, and most importantly, good for Mother Earth.
Switch to plastic-free with Parrotfish
Peppermint Shampoo + Conditioner Bar – $22.00
Give your roots a major reset with this minty pair. Goes a little further with both bars, clarifying your scalp and strands with a few, fresh-smelling swipes. Individual bars are also available for $15 each.
Lavender Teak Soap – $10.00
Parrotfish also makes leather goods, so you can give your body some TLC. Lavender teak soap is formulated with activated charcoal and will suck all the dirt and grime out of your pores. There’s also nourishing calendula and soothing lavender to soothe your senses as you wash.
Coffee Clementine Exfoliant Bar – $10.00
Coffee and clementine come together to wake up your skin, no alarm clock needed. Coffee grounds exfoliate dead skin while smoothing texture and treating blemishes, while clementine, orange and lime essential oils give it (and your mood) some brightness.
Lemon Lychee Soap Bar – $10.00
Zesty and summery, Lemon Lychee is another great soap for when you want to wake up and shine—literally. Its scent alone is refreshing, full of tangy bergamot, turmeric and litsia. But it’s the heavy load of antioxidants that brightens skin, stimulating cell growth for a healthier, more radiant glow.
Rosemary Apple Cider Soap – $10.00
Sweat and grease are no match for this clarifying soap enriched with rosemary and apple cider vinegar for powerful cleansing. Don’t worry about stripping your skin, though—its burst of spinach extract makes it wonderful for maintaining your skin’s pH balance and moisture.
Head to toe bundle – $38.00
Ready to revamp your shower routine? This bundle has you covered. Each set includes a shampoo bar and a conditioner bar (either Argan or Peppermint – you choose) as well as three surprise soaps. You don’t know what you’re going to get but it doesn’t really matter because it’s all great for you, and even better for the planet.
Total Care Bundle – $62.00
Or go with the Total Care Bundle, which gives you your favorite shampoo and conditioner, plus all five soaps. If you order a bundle, you’ll automatically get 20 percent off any two items at check out, all of which come from sustainable brands. Need some ideas? A cotton shower pouf ($13) will get you squeaky clean while this soap dish drainer ($16) will keep your soap fresh, too.
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