It’s OK, soap is not one of the most environmentally damaging things in your household. In fact, many experts say that soap itself is a minor issue for the planet because waste dish soap degrades into harmless chemicals very easily. However, that’s not to say all soap is sustainable.
The addition of certain chemicals or a poor approach to packaging (and therefore waste) means that many soaps are not “sustainable”.
These dish soap brands are sustainable and have a focus on zero waste eliminating plastic packaging and reducing their carbon footprint and we think you’re going to love them.
Puracy Natural Dish Soap
We love Puracy’s soap because it’s very affordable and it’s made in the USA (Texas, to be precise). This is a liquid dish soap that is also a zero waste soap.
Washing dishes is super easy with liquid soaps and reduces waste soap to make zero waste living easier too.
The end product is made of plants, cruelty-free and uses a refillable dispenser to minimize waste and it’s kind to your skin and your dishes.
Earth Friendly Products ECOS Dishmate Hypoallergenic Dish Soap
This excellent soap from ECOS is completely biodegradable and contains a very small number of ingredients and it’s surprisingly affordable for an eco-friendly brand.
The company operates out of California and is run and owned by a female majority!
Better Life Dish Soap
If you don’t mind buying in bulk, Better Life Dish Soap is incredible value for money and it’s certified by Leaping Bunny for a very high standard in cruelty-free business practices.
However, be warned, while the bulk buy is good value – this soap will spoil if it’s kept around for too long, so make sure you’re going to use what you buy in a sensible time frame.
No Tox Life Dishwashing Block Soap
Bars are better for the planet, when it comes to soap, than liquids and this No Tox Life product is much lighter than the equivalent volume of liquid and thus, costs less to transport and produces fewer emissions.
The ingredients are very gentle and completely vegan.
The packaging is also 100% recycled paper.
Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Liquid Soap
There may be no dish soap on the market with as many positive certifications from eco-friendly organizations as this one from Dr. Bronner’s.
It’s a zero waste dish soap with gentle no fragrance essential oils and much kinder to the planet than bulk dish powder buying could ever be.
Their company is completely family-owned and run and they’ve been making environmentally friendly and socially aware products for a long time.
This is good soap.
Etee – Dish Soap Concentrate
Etee’s Dish Soap looks to eliminate the water for better transport mileage but still provides a liquid detergent that many of us prefer to a bar. It also elimates the need for a soap dish.
The company is based in Toronto, Canada and they’re zero waste specialists and their zero waste dish soap packaging (it’s all plastic free) can be reused and eventually composted when it reaches end of life.
Bestowed Essentials Zero Waste Dish Soap Bar
With only 6 ingredients the Bestowed Essentials Soap is, by far, the simplest formula on our list but it does a great job of cutting through grease and dirt all the same. Eco friendly dish washing is really easy with it.
This biodegradable dish soap is palm oil free and, in fact, this castile soap is made with coconut oil, instead. It’s also a zero waste dish soap.
It’s also highly concentrated and one small 12 ounce bar should last you a very long time, indeed.
Cassia Organics Vegan Dish Soap Bar
The packaging is gorgeous but still zero waste and the soap smells fantastic and is entirely vegan and cruelty-free.
One thing we really like about Cassia Organics is that they recently eliminated the use of palm oil in their soap (palm oil has a very high social cost associated with it).