The Earthling Co’s Shampoo Bar is part of a new sustainable trend in hygiene products. The company prides themselves on being sustainable, and one of their cornerstone values is to leave the earth in a better place than we found it. The shampoo bar is 3oz and $15, and the conditioner bar is 2oz and $15. My overall rating for The Earthling Co.‘s Shampoo Bar is 2.88 earths out of 3. In good conscientiousness, I could never rate a product or company 3 out of 3 because there are always ways to be more sustainable, be that through factory production or distribution. However, I believe the company has made a significant effort to make its practices sustainable and will continue to make more changes in the future where needed. I would recommend that everyone step away from traditional plastic shampoo bottles and make the switch to shampoo bars.
The Earthling Co.’s shampoo bar is a sulfate-free product that uses all-natural fragrances and is made without gluten. Each product is approximately 3 ounces and is made of sodium cocoyl isethionate, cocoa seed butter, coconut oil, fragrance, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetyl alcohol, panthenol, lemon peel, hemp seed oil, apricot kernel oil, glycerin, lemon juice, mica, and butylene glycol. From that list, cocoa seed butter, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, and lemon juice are all certified organic products. Behentrimonium methosulfate is a non-sulfate derived from rapeseed oil, and sodium cocoyl isethionate is a fatty acid derived from coconut oil. The company purposefully avoids using synthetic fragrances and “natural identical” fragrance oils because the ingredients are not healthy for the human body, and the extraction process used to produce the raw ingredients are very harmful to the environment. In ranking how the shampoo bars are made, I decided to give it a 2.9 out of 3 earths. The majority of the ingredients are either certified organic or naturally produced, and the company has emphasized using ingredients that support soft and healthy hair without using unsustainable and environmentally questionable products.
All of The Earthling Co.’s shampoo and conditioner bars are manufactured within the US at their facility in Colorado. In the company’s effort to be more sustainable, all the packaging used in shipping the product is 100% plastic-free. All products are shipped in paper mailers or cardboard boxes and are sealed with paper tape. Both the paper mailers and cardboard boxes are made from 100% recycled materials, and the tape can also be recycled in most recycling facilities, as long as they can handle recycling products with adhesives. Additionally, The Earthling Co. can proudly say that none of their products are tested on animals. Some of their products contain beeswax, which is highlighted on each product page where applicable, but the rest of the products are formulated without animal products or byproducts. I decided to rank how the shampoo bar is made at 2.75 earths out of 3. While there was not much information about how the shampoo bars are produced, the fact that they are made within the US already eliminates a significant environmental shipping cost compared to them being produced outside of the US. Additionally, I was really impressed by their sustainability practices in their packaging and shipping, ensuring that almost every aspect of the package can be recycled. Finally, even though animal testing is not directly related to sustainability, I like how they make the point to acknowledge that none of their products rely on animal testing and animal products beyond beeswax.
The Earthling Co. was founded by Emelia and Kevin, two University of Pittsburgh students, in 2020 after first meeting in Venice, Italy in 2015. The company homepage says they are “helping earthlings live in harmony with their home.” Their mission is to create a sustainable world through plastic-free alternatives to everyday products, with everything being consciously sourced and earthling-friendly. The Earthling Co. is a member of 1% for the Planet, a global network of businesses and nonprofits tackling pressing environmental issues. 1% was founded because currently, only 3% of philanthropic donations go towards environmental issues, and they are dedicated to changing that. Some other popular organizations that are members of 1% for the Planet are Patagonia, Boxed Water, and the Surfrider Foundation. Earthling dedicates a lot of time to research any new ingredients before they are incorporated into a product, and they are also working to ensure total transparency of the supply chain. In addition, they donate a portion of each sale to various environmental organizations that are working to create a more sustainable world. In ranking The Earthling Co., I decided to give it a 3 earths ranking. I was incredibly impressed by the efforts made by the company to both be more sustainable and to support other environmental organizations.