The Soap Dispensary in Vancouver is a small but powerful shop, and that is due to being a beacon for change, calling us to stop and think about our consumption and do what we can to reduce our near-obsessive reliance on plastic.
Refills are simply environmentally friendly
Recently, whilst visiting The Soap Dispensary, I took four plastic washing up liquid bottles (dish soap) and refilled them. I bought more laundry powder in a cardboard box, a new brush head for my washing up brush, and some shampoo refills – simple things that prevent yet more plastic in landfill.
A wide range of natural products
The range of products stocked by the soap dispensary is growing and it was significantly large already.
I can now fill up all the items I use in our house: soap, dish soap, white vinegar, laundry liquid, laundry powder and salt to name a few.
Soon I’ll be able to get food items too like organic olive oil, balsamic vinegar and many other tempting items. I stopped buying a locally-made balsamic vinegar product as they switched from using glass to plastic – as many companies do simply to cut cost of shipping.
are also refillable, as are cleansers, moisturisers, balms, liquid soap, shampoos, conditioners, body lotions, and even a hair spray (which actually works in case you were wondering!) made by Carina Organics in North Vancouver.
Environmentally friendly toothbrushes are also stocked, ones that don’t have plastic bristles! Dental floss is refillable, simply ‘pop’ out the spool, buy a new spool and replace it.
They stock razor blades as well as compostable kitchen cloths and sponges (which I love doing the washing up with), cotton tea towels, coffee filters and a superb range of brushes. They also stock Luna Pads which are the washable, reusable menstrual pads.
Consumerism: Start being part of the solution
Everything I buy has an impact.
Everything you buy has an impact. My Mum says: “Joanna, there is no away.” She’s right and more recently I’ve had her words in my ears as I shop!
Everything I buy gets registered as a sale, or a vote if you like, saying “yes, consumers want this product.” The good news is that when I buy a genuinely environmentally-friendly or low-impact item, that too sends a message. When I refuse to buy an item or even tweet to the company that I’d like a more environmentally-friendly packaging solution that too makes an impression.
I am not buying washing up liquid (dish soap) any more. I save up bottles and now refill things when I am passing The Soap Dispensary. It is is no way a hardship and also means I don’t impulse buy things as I now think (it’s taken a few years to get to this place) “Can I refill it?” before I buy it. I find that buying nothing is often where I am at.
The Soap Dispensary even has lavender flower water which is a wonderfully refreshing spray to spritz in the warm weather.
I particularly like the washing up brush with a replaceable head so that the handle can still be used. When you think about it it’s pretty silly to throw away a plastic brush simply because the brush head is all worn, isn’t it? After all plastic is a pollutant which ever way you look at it.
Consumerism doesn’t have to rule you.
Consumerism can ruin you, and our planet too but it doesn’t have to, you can slowly opt out of the “must-have”, “the latest” and the “in-season” items.
Buy classic, quality things that are well-made to last. Or at least that is my motto!
Going shopping is a habit and one that you can break, it takes time that is all. Learn how.
Boat loads arrive at ports around the globe with ‘stuff‘ to sell to us but we can start to refuse to buy excess stuff, sticking to only what we need, and that which is environmentally kind.
I don’t need to buy some toxic-chemical-laden household cleaner when I can easily (and significantly more cheaply) make my own non-toxic household cleaner – learn how here.
The same ethos goes for my skin care, I can use un-refined, genuinely natural skin (like Helena Lane skin care) care that is not heavily packaged in plastic, at The Soap Dispensary I can refill things like shea butter and jojoba oil too. So you can easily make my DIY Nail oil with ingredients bought at The Soap Dispensary. The recipe is in my book, which is now for sale in store at The Soap Dispensary Vancouver.
So if you feel that you’d like to have more of an impact on the world and leave less of a “cosmetic footprint” why not refill your bottles?
To learn more about your cosmetic footprint, buy a copy of my book The Radiant Woman’s Handbook, either at The Soap Dispensary or if you don’t live in Vancouver then your local book shop or as a last resort… online at Amazon.
Find The Soap Dispensary at 3718 Main Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 3N7, CANADA. Telephone number: 1. 604.568.3141. Follow them on Facebook & Twitter.
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