The environmental impacts of washing your hair?

After the revelation from Gary Barlow that he has not washed his hair for 14 years we not only want to know why his hair looks so good (could it be magic!!) but also look at the environmental impacts of washing your hair.

What goes into our shampoos?

Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) is used in shampoos, it is a detergent and helps produce the foamy bubbles that we desperately try not to get into our eyes! SLES does not easily degrade as it is often contaminated with ethylene oxide. SLES goes down our drains entering our valuable water courses, contaminating streams, rivers, ground water and our oceans. You may be removing dirt from your own hair however this ‘dirt’ is causing a problem elsewhere, concentrated quantities of SLES are impacting the welfare of eco-systems across our oceans. When you next run out of your shampoo, take a look at the ingredients list and see whether you can find a shampoo which does not contain SLES and do your bit for the Nemo’s and Dory’s in our vast oceans.


Shampoo bottles contribute to the large amounts of plastic bottles which end up in our oceans every year. Plastic bottles take over 450 years to break down, damaging ecosystems and ruining our stunning beaches. With the recent campaign of implementing a small deposit on plastic bottles supported by ‘Surfers against Sewage’ plastic is currently a ‘hot’ topic in the press. By reducing the number of times, you wash your hair for example washing your hair every other day rather than every day you will half the number of shampoo bottles that you dispose of (recycle!). Every little helps.

Water usage

According to Cambridge Water the average person in the UK uses 45 litres of water during a 5-minute shower. If we were to reduce the number of times we washed our hair, we would be able to half the time spent in the shower each morning therefore saving water and ultimately saving pennies.

Here at Credibly Green we provide you with the information to help you identify the activities with the greatest magnitude of impact to allow you to focus on the impacts where the greatest environmental benefit can be achieved (just like Gary Barlow has done). For more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch call 01746 552423 or email


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