Soap vs. shower gel: the final battle

Soap or shower gel, why is it important for the environment you would ask? Well, it has an impact on key areas of concern: oil extraction, CO2 emissions, and water savings and waste reduction.

First, shower gel is sold in plastic bottles that require the extraction of oil and thus pollute the atmosphere and groundwater. Obviously, these bottles are rarely recycled and represent about 750 grams of plastic waste per year per person. This is due to the fact that we use more shower gel than soap.


In addition, the shower gel itself contains petroleum derivatives. These chemicals and microbeads go on our skin and end up in our pipes and eventually contaminate the ocean. Shower gels may also contain palm oil which causes deforestation; i.e., palm oil plantations are displacing large swaths of indigenous rainforests.

Using soap means choosing an ancestral product that is more natural for your skin, less dangerous for the environment and is something that you can make yourself.

Yes, drop, your choice, your (super) power is an ocean!



For every 250ml bottle of shower gel you choose not to buy, you save around:

  • 2.38 gallons / 9 liters of water (oil extraction and microbeads pollution)
  • 7 fl. oz / 200 ml of petroleum oil (manufacture of bottle and shipping)
  • 0.24 Lbs / 110 grams of CO2 equivalent (emitted by power production and oil extraction)
  • 21.5 ft2 / 2.4 m2 ecological footprint (virtual forest area required to absorb CO2 emissions)
  • 1.4 oz / 40 grams of plastic waste

Of course, some soaps are more environmentally friendly than others: be careful when you choose!

(*) These data are statistically estimated for personal use only. Any use for scientific, business or legal purposes is strongly discouraged.


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