If statistics are anything to go by, on average we use 11 bottles of shower gel and 10 bottles of shampoo every year that amounts to 75 kilotons of plastic, one of the major pollutants in the world today.
In an effort to reduce plastic, many steps are being taken the world over. One small, though important, the step has been taken by Jonna Breitenhuber, a product and process designer based in Berlin, Germany.
Breitenhuber has created a zero-waste container for liquids, Soapbottle, that’s made from soap! This liquid hygiene product, unlike a plastic bottle, degrades over time, since it itself is made from soap, thereby leaving no waste. The innovative design of Soapbottle includes a hole near the top to put a string through it for hanging.
The liquid soap is contained in its hollow body and dispensed through a hole cut on the top edge. Once the liquid soap is exhausted, the bottle can be used as a soap, as such, or grated and used as a body wash or detergent.
Breitenhuber, who was born in Nuremberg, Germany, did her Bachelor studies in Industrial Design and went on to do her Masters in Industrial Design from the University of Arts, Nuremberg, Germany. Alarmed at the increasing use of plastic in soap dispensers, that take an average of 500 years to decay, she came up with the idea of the Soap bottle.
Its disadvantages are, it’s water-soluble and tends to be slippery in wet hands. However, it still constitutes a positive step towards a plastic-free world.
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