Naturally beautiful hair: everything to do with biodegradable shampoo

At the intersection of beauty and protection - Biodegradable shampoo makes it possible to contribute to the protection of the environment on a daily basis

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Author: Sarah Marie Lau

The discussion about microplastics and chemical residues in care and Cleaning products is getting louder and louder. Especially since microscopic plastic particles (microplastics) get into the water and thus contaminate our oceans. To make a statement against this type of environmental pollution, more and more consumers are turning to it Cosmetics without microplastics. Sustainable products for Beauty care are currently particularly trendy. This also includes biodegradable items shampoo, which is environmentally friendly and free of chemical additives.

But what exactly is biodegradable shampoo? How is it different from conventional ones natural cosmetics and for whom is it particularly suitable?

The most important facts at a glance:

  • The increasing discussion about microplastics and chemical residues in care products emphasizes the need for a rethink, especially since microplastics are heavily polluting our oceans.
  • Biodegradable shampoos offer an eco-friendly alternative to traditional hair care products by eliminating harmful chemicals while promoting hair and skin health.
  • Choosing biodegradable shampoo is an essential contribution to environmental protection, as it not only prevents water from being polluted by microplastics, but also avoids animal testing and is committed to a sustainable future.

Definition: biodegradable shampoo, organic shampoo or natural cosmetics?

While there are more and more shampoo alternatives moving towards Sustainability move, there are still differences. To avoid confusion, it makes sense to take a closer look at biodegradable shampoo, organic shampoo and natural cosmetic hair care. On the one hand, organic shampoos consist of a high proportion of plant-based ingredients that come from organic farming; On the other hand, natural cosmetics consist only of plant ingredients, the origin of which is not mandatory transparency gives.

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And what is the difference to biodegradable shampoos? Theoretically there is none. In principle, resources that come from nature are always biodegradable. This means that both organic shampoos and natural cosmetic shampoos are biodegradable. Incidentally, consumers can use the relevant seals as a guide when purchasing in order to make conscious decisions.

Benefits of biodegradable shampoo

The biggest and most obvious advantage: The environmental friendliness of biological shampoos. They can be used with a clear conscience and at the same time avoid that neither microplastics nor liquid plastics get into the groundwater. In addition, manufacturers avoid chemical preservatives such as parabens and animal testing for sustainable hair care. Environmental protection and ethics are guaranteed.

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Another plus point: the compatibility. Instead of endangering the health of your hair and skin with chemicals, natural shampoos actually strengthen them sustainably. In short, biodegradable shampoos protect their users, Animals, biodiversity and the environment.

Disadvantages of conventional hair care 

Conventional shampoos and soaps contain chemicals such as sulfates or phosphates and are currently the norm. The reason for this is that these ingredients guarantee the durability and foaming of the shampoos, which many consumers desire. However, these supposed advantages have a serious disadvantage: they are not biodegradable and therefore have devastating environmental effects.

Scientifically, it is still unclear exactly how liquid plastics and microplastic particles have a long-term impact on the environment. However, the scientists' forecasts give cause for concern. Particularly serious: The environmental toxins, which are difficult to break down, contaminate waterways and thus endanger the unique marine biodiversity. On the other hand, biodegradable shampoo does not harm the environment and can even be used during outdoor adventures, in Tiny Houses or Luxury lodges in nature reserves be used with a clear conscience. However, the change in everyday life is particularly important, since daily water pollution must be counteracted urgently and proactively.

What should you look out for when buying biodegradable shampoo?

In order to make the right choice when buying biodegradable shampoo, it is worth taking a look at the list of ingredients. Does the shampoo really only contain herbal ingredients? Since the term “natural cosmetics” is not protected in Germany, some manufacturers still practice greenwashing and also describe chemical products as green. Anyone looking for tips on how to avoid such marketing traps is here

Seals are another important quality and credibility feature for environmentally friendly products. The best known are the BDIH and the Natrue seal. In everyday life you can also Apps like CodeCheck complete security about the Sustainability of products by allowing consumers to scan the barcodes of products and obtain information about the products.

Top 12 Natural Hair Care Brands:

  1. typology
  2. midnight/night 00.00
  3. Foamy
  4. Urtekram
  5. New Wash by Hairstory
  6. plant base
  7. Stop the water
  8. dr Bronner's
  9. Shop better for less
  10. Attitude
  11. shower broken
  12. The Ökis

1. Typology

All products from the clean care brand are made in France, vegan and free from animal testing. However, there is a special product to watch: the 10-ingredient shampoo from typology is a sulfate, silicone and fragrance-free shampoo for sensitive scalps. With a 99 percent natural concentration, it is also biodegradable and meets the highest standards of sustainability and design.

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2. midnight/night 00.00

The biodegradable shampoo 00.01, like all of the natural cosmetics brand's products, is vegan, cruelty-free, gender-less and organic. Also means: Free from sulfates and parabens. The 100 percent recyclable Bottle made from sugar cane rounds off the holistic, sustainable approach midnight/night 00.00 .

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3. Foamie

Liquid shampoos require a bottle as a container. Whether plastic or glass - there are significant losses in production carbon emissions as well as high energy consumption. And even though glass is considered more environmentally friendly, most consumers don't use the bottles for a long time Amortization to reach. who his CO2 footprint So if you want to reduce your size particularly efficiently, you can use solid shampoos as an alternative. For example from Foamy. After moistening the soapy shampoo, it can simply be foamed up and distributed through the hair.

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4. Urtekram

The Danish brand Urtekram specializes in 100 percent certified natural cosmetics. Purely herbal ingredients are standard at this company. All shampoos therefore have the EcoCert seal and are vegan as well as silicone, mineral oil and cruelty-free.

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5. New Wash by Hairstory

With New Wash wants Hairstory ushering in a new era of hair care products. Instead of traditional shampoo, New Wash offers an innovative blend of essential oils and detergents of natural origin for hair washing. Refill is possible. The specially developed formula also contains no surfactants, sulfates, parabens or synthetic fragrances. Welcome to the Post Shampoo Era.

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6. PlantBase

PlantBase is a start-up from Hanover that exclusively produces plastic-free, vegan, cruelty-free and handmade natural cosmetic products. All products are zero waste and instead of unnecessary ingredients, sustainable and high-quality natural raw materials are used.

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7. Stop the water

The company sets new standards with its attitude. With the mission to save and protect water, they were the first refillable natural cosmetics to change the hotel industry. Stop the water offers cosmetic products that are all of natural origin, biodegradable, cruelty-free and petrochemical-free and packaged in environmentally friendly packaging.

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8. Dr. Bronner's

Dr Bronner's is a 5th generation family business with a philosophy of making the world a better place. The natural soap consists of purely plant-based raw materials and is not just for washing hair, but also has 17 other possible uses. The 18-in-1 soap can also be used for hand washing, as pet shampoo, for household cleaning and for washing dishes.

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9. Better by less

With the principle that less is more, natural cosmetics consist of 100 percent natural and plant-based materials. In the products of Better by less These are powder products for refilling. These are simply mixed with water before use.

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Reduce, Refill, Recycle and Reforest - a vision to protect the world sustainably. The products of Attitude are all 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free, certified by both PETA and ECOLOGO. The product range is large, whether a nourishing shampoo made from avocado oil or a moisturizing shampoo, there is something for every hair type.

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11. Shower broken

The Company shower broken offers solid shampoo and shower gel in one. The products seduce with a wide range of different scents. Made in Germany, the solid shampoo is free of silicones, sulfates and microplastics.

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12. The Ökis

Ökis specializes in 100 percent biodegradable outdoor products and, in addition to shampoo, also offers soap and dish soap. The products are vegan and cruelty-free and come in completely recycled PET bottles.

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Biodegradable shampoo is for everyone

Biodegradable shampoos are particularly suitable for people with sensitive skin. The chemical ingredients in conventional shampoos often irritate the scalp, face and neck. To prevent these skin irritations, we recommend using organic shampoos. The plant-based ingredients are gentler on the skin and the environment and are therefore perfect for conscious consumers who practice mindfulness towards both themselves and nature. Biodegradable shampoo is also becoming a must-do for outdoor lovers who also care for their hair outdoors.

Nevertheless: Everyone should use biodegradable shampoo. It fulfills the same function as conventional hair care and also has the impressive advantage of environmental protection. It is clear that natural shampoo should no longer be niche but rather mainstream.


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