German Designer Takes Plastic Out of Shampoo Bottle and Replaces It With Soap

by Rudy Sanchez on 12/09/2019 | 2 Minute Read

Shampoo and soap combinations are nothing new because if you can buy one product in the same bottle, that’s a pretty obvious win.

But, there’s also the issue of single-use plastic waste. Most of these products come packaged in plastic, and we all know how that's working out.

Since most bottles of shampoo will live their life in the damp confines of a bathroom, paper is impractical, and glass is unsafe. That’s why it usually comes in a plastic bottle, despite the ecological impact. Plus, as a fluid, it has to come in a leak-proof package durable enough to withstand shipping. So there are some very obvious hurdles when it comes to reducing waste.

This did not go unnoticed by Berlin-based designer Jonna Breitenhuber, who decided to create a zero-waste shampoo bottle that is also a bar of soap, combining two bath products that successfully avoid the use of single-use plastic dubbed SOAPBOTTLE.

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Editorial photograph

The bottles are slow dissolving and made out of functional soap. Each package has a built-in hole that users can loop a rope through, making it easy to hang in the shower, while a cutter also serves as a resealable lid that pivots at the hole, and is designed to be reused on the next SOAPBOTTLE. The soap is also biodegradable, so on the off chance the consumer doesn’t want to use it, it will safely break down in the garbage.

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Editorial photograph

This isn’t the first project to use soap to create liquid shampoo bottles, nor is it the first instance in which a cleanser has been used to divert trash from landfills, but at this point, we’ll take as many beautifully-designed options as we can.

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