Today’s Solutions: July 20, 2024

Considering that less than 5 percent of plastic gets recycled, a number of major brands are experimenting with new models for reusable packaging. To cut the plastic waste that comes with liquid hand soap bottles, a Stockholm-based company called Forgo is taking a clever new approach by sending customers soap through the mail in a small envelope.

If you tear open the paper sachet inside, pour the powder inside into a reusable bottle, add tap water, and shake, you’ll have foaming hand wash in less than a minute. Of course, soap bars already exist, which don’t require a bottle. But Forgo recognizes that soap bars are shrinking part of the hygiene market, with liquid soap accounting for more than 70 percent of sales.

To make the soap, the designers worked with chemists to create a simple formula for a powder that could be mixed with hot water to make liquid soap; their reusable bottles turn the soap into foaming hand wash.

It takes only 12 grams of powder to fill a 250-millimeter bottle—an illustration of the fact that products of this type mostly contain water, meaning that most of the carbon footprint of shipping them comes from shipping water that could have come from someone’s tap.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

3 lifestyle hacks to help you become a little happier

There is no one path to finding happiness, but there are some lifestyle changes you can make to become more receptive to happiness. Without ...

Read More

This simple trick can significantly boost your brain health

We recently shared a few habits you can integrate within your day-to-day life to improve your brain health. Now, we’d like to bring you ...

Read More

CO2 emissions significantly reduced at the last Olympic Games

The Pandemic turned everyone’s world upside down, causing us all to adapt to new ways of life and society to find a new “normal.” ...

Read More

The Supreme Court of Brazil upholds indigenous land rights: a victory for con...

Brazil's Supreme Court maintained Indigenous communities' land rights in a landmark decision, putting an end to the prospect of potential rollbacks on these critical ...

Read More