Did you indulge in a nice shower today? Or perhaps you had a hot bath? If you did, then you probably made use of your favourite, scented shower gel; one that is probably in a plastic bottle. I know the alternatives are unfortunately still quite rare at the moment. But I’ve got news for you. Aside from glass bottles there could potentially be an even more environmentally friendly packaging alternative available in the near future for shower gels, shampoos etc. Introducing the ‘Soapbottles.’

SOAP, INSIDE & OUT –
CLEAN BODY, CLEAR CONSCIENCE

Category: Innovation     Text: Viviana Michel

Photo: Jonna Breitenhuber
Did you indulge in a nice shower today? Or perhaps you had a hot bath? If you did, then you probably made use of your favourite, scented shower gel; one that is probably in a plastic bottle. I know the alternatives are unfortunately still quite rare at the moment. But I’ve got news for you. Aside from glass bottles there could potentially be an even more environmentally friendly packaging alternative available in the near future for shower gels, shampoos etc. Introducing the ‘Soapbottles.’ As the name might give away, the bottles are actually made of conventional soap. The concept was developed by Jonna Breitenhuber as part of her master’s thesis at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She aims to counteract the plastic chaos and its consequences with her project and has developed the relatively simple idea into an impressively innovative product.
INSIDE SHAMPOO, OUTSIDE SOAP
As mentioned before, it’s actually quite simple. The contents of the bottle are shampoo, shower gel or a scrub while the bottle itself is made of soap. When empty, the soap can be used as laundry detergent or, obviously as regular hand soap. What remains in the end? Nothing. What a grand slam!

Well thought out: If you don’t want to leave the soap bottle’s opening uncovered, you can clip on this practical metal cap that also unseals the bottle when you first use it. Photo: Jonna Breitenhuber
THE AESTHETICS OF TRANSIENCE
Obviously, soap dissolves naturally in water and a bottle made of soap can get a little slippery for handling in the shower. To combat this problem, you can thread a string through the hole in the soap bottle which you can use to hang it up in the shower and also give it a better grip. The transience of the soap also gives the soap bottles something beautiful. As they are cast in multicoloured layers, unique patterns are created on the bottle, through which the user’s experiences the process of dissolving is, in the truest sense of the word, quite intimate.

Colourful blend: The Soapbottles are poured in many different colours and scents. They are coated with a water insoluble, wax-like layer to ensure that the liquid content does not dissolve the bottles from the inside. Photo: Jonna Breitenhuber
ITS JUST A QUESTION OF TIME
The production of soaps isn’t the only simple, albeit technological, process. Due to them being based on natural raw materials, they are very biodegradable. Within three days they decompose almost completely into their various components.
At this point, the soap bottles are still only a project. But the next round is about to begin. And who knows, maybe these colourful soap bottles will soon be available in a drugstore around the corner; that way we could finally enjoy our morning shower in an environmentally friendly way.

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