8 eco-friendly shampoo options for a sustainable hair washing routine
Finding a good hair care routine can be difficult. First, you need to consider your hair type and your individual needs. Next, consider the planet. Finding an eco-friendly shampoo that’s as good for your hair as it is for the environment can be a hell of a battle, but it’s not impossible.
To determine if a product is eco-friendly, you shouldn’t just look at the ingredient list and label for clean ingredients and certifications. Product packaging also matters. What is it made of? Is it recyclable? How much waste does this save compared to traditional options?
If you’re looking for a new eco-friendly shampoo to try, this list will help you find some options.
8 eco-friendly shampoo swaps
1. HiBAR Shampoo and Conditioner Bars, $26.50
The Brightly Shop has three sets of shampoo and conditioner bars from HiBAR, and each is made with clean ingredients! Choose between the volumizing set, the soothing set and the hydrating set.
Each kit contains a solid, eco-friendly shampoo bar (and conditioner bar) that’s vegan, plastic-free, and ocean friendly! Plus, the packaging is fully compostable, keeping waste out of the landfill.
2. Aveda Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo, $10-62
Aveda offers cruelty-free, natural and vegan shampoos. This brand offers shampoos that replenish, repair, exfoliate, soften, purify, among many other benefits.
Specifically, Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo is one of Aveda’s bestsellers. It is free of silicone, phthalates, parabens, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil, petrolatum and formaldehyde. Plus, it comes in a 100% post-consumer HDPE recyclable bottle.
3. Beautycounter Brilliant Grapefruit Daily Shampoo Refill, $28
Beautycounter Bright Grapefruit Shampoo hydrates and strengthens hair, while being vegan and cruelty-free. And another great advantage: the company has a charging system. Customers can choose to receive refills for this shampoo bottle and they can use the pump from the old bottle in the new one.
Additionally, this company has partnered with How2Recycle to provide information on how to properly dispose of packaging. Fortunately, the refill bottle comes in an aluminum bottle, which can be recycled.
4. Reverie Shampoo, $38
Reverie offers this cruelty-free and gluten-free shampoo that can be used on colored hair. This shampoo shines and cleans the hair, gently protecting the user’s hair and scalp while restoring it at the same time. The shampoo contains biodegradable ingredients from coconut and cane sugar.
Reverie also has a Plastic Negative certification: for each bottle sold, the company funds the recovery and disposal of twice as much plastic waste at sea through its partnership with rePurpose Global. All plastic packaging is made from 100% traceable post-consumer recycled plastic, tubes are made from carbon negative mono-material sugarcane, and glass bottles are 70% post-consumer recycled.
5. Rahua Color Full Shampoo Sustainability Set, $74
Rahua’s eco-friendly shampoo kit includes recyclable and refillable containers. The kit comes with refill pouches made of 60% biodegradable plant fibers. When your bottle runs out, you can easily refill it, reducing plastic consumption by 90%.
This shampoo is also formulated with sustainable ingredients and is cruelty-free. In fact, the company says it sources iconic oils “from native Amazonians who have passed down their ancestral knowledge from generation to generation. Purchasing these oils made in this way helps support the rainforest and its most faithful defenders: its inhabitants.
6. Everist Waterless Shampoo Concentrate, $24
According to Everist, most shampoos contain more than 70% water, are made from petrochemicals and are packaged in single-use plastics. However, Everist’s Waterless Shampoo Concentrate is 100% plant-based and the paste-like concentrate is water-activated.
This shampoo is zero waste, color safe, vegan and cruelty free. And it only includes clean ingredients like essential oils. The packaging is also a recyclable aluminum tube. Want a full review? Here’s what our Scouts thought of the product when they tried it.
7. Plain Products Shampoo, $30
This shampoo from Plaine Products ticks all the boxes. It’s vegan, cruelty-free, non-GMO, sulfate-free, and color-safe. In addition, it is palm oil free, silicone free and zero waste.
It’s true: the container of this shampoo is reusable and refillable. When you’re done with the shampoo, simply order a refill, switch the pump to the new bottle, and send the old one back to be cleaned and reused again and again.
Plaine Products is also B Corp certified and offers 100% carbon neutral shipping. The company even eliminated 377,993 plastic bottles from landfills and the oceans! Click here for a full review of our scouts.
8. Ethique Tone It Down Solid Purple Shampoo, $17
Ethique’s Tone It Down purple shampoo is best suited for people with light hair. It can be used as your regular shampoo to help undo unwanted yellow tones. The shampoo is sulfate-free and contains no petrochemical-derived dyes. The plus is that this solid shampoo is equivalent to three bottles of liquid shampoo!
Ethique is also 100% plastic-free, and this solid shampoo specifically saves 2,750 milliliters of water, has compostable packaging, and plants a tree. It is carbon neutral and a greener option than most liquid purple shampoos.
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