Is Soap Bad For the Environment?

An Ecosystem with plants and animals trapped in a bubble

Soap is a household essential that we use daily for personal hygiene, cleaning, and so much more. However, as our awareness of environmental issues continues to grow, it's only natural to question whether something as seemingly innocuous as soap could have a negative impact on the environment. So what IS, the deal with soap?

First and foremost, it's important to distinguish between different types of soap. Traditional bar soaps and many liquid soaps are typically biodegradable and have a relatively minimal impact on the environment. These soaps break down naturally over time, reducing the risk of water pollution and harm to aquatic ecosystems. They are a responsible choice for consumers who are environmentally conscious.

On the other hand, some specialty or industrial-grade soaps may contain harmful chemicals and additives that can be detrimental to the environment. Antibacterial soaps, for example, often contain triclosan, a chemical that has been linked to water pollution and may disrupt aquatic ecosystems. Additionally, some heavily scented or colored soaps can include synthetic fragrances and dyes that may not be eco-friendly.

A Fake Antibacterial Dish Soap Brand

Additionally, another important aspect to consider is the global nature of soap production. Many soap brands are manufactured in different countries and then distributed globally. While this allows consumers access to a wide range of soap products, it also entails the transportation of goods across long distances. Shipping soap products over great distances can result in a significant carbon footprint due to the emissions generated by transportation, especially when fossil fuels are involved. This transportation impact can contribute to air pollution and climate change.

The way we use soap also plays a role in its environmental impact. Excessive use of soap can lead to more wastewater, which must be treated before being released into the environment. By practicing water conservation and using only the necessary amount of soap, we can reduce our environmental footprint.

That's where Birds of Valhalla comes in! We use food-based ingredients that leave a minimal impact on the environment, phthalate-free fragrance oil and ethically sourced micas for scent and colorant, we make all of our products in the United States, and one bar of soap lasts for 6-8 weeks when stored correctly. We even reuse our soap scraps in some of our soaps such as Baba Yaga, The Bifrost, and The Grinch's Sweater.

The Grinch's Sweater Soap

In conclusion, not all soaps are created equal when it comes to their impact on the environment. While traditional bar soaps and many liquid soaps are generally eco-friendly, some specialty or industrial soaps may contain harmful ingredients. We at Birds of Valhalla feel that we have a responsibility to make products that are environmentally friendly and educate ur customers to use them wisely to minimize their impact on the planet. So, while soap isn't inherently bad for the environment, it's crucial to be informed and make conscious choices to ensure that our daily habits contribute to a cleaner and healthier planet.

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Soap keeps me clean! I’m gonna win!

Quentin Graves

I love that you guys are conscience of what ingredients you’re using in your products, and making sure that they are ethnically sourced and are not going to harm the environment. Using food based ingredients is really amazing. It makes me feel even better buying from your company.


I never considered the environmental impacts until I heard you talk about it on live. Definitely something important to consider

sabrina berndt

The fact you use food-based ingredients along ethically sourced mica powder speaks volumes to how much time and commitment you’ve done to making the best, and most ethical, product you can!


Choosing natural soap is a no brainer. We all want to be conscious of the environment. And that’s why I buy BOV

Quentin Graves

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