For sustainable society


A shampoo bottle made of soap that melts away

 Mi Zhou, known for producing innovative and sustainable design products, released “Soapack”, a package collection of toiletry products made of soap.

Each “Soapack” is made of a vegetable oil-based soap that is dyed with mineral pigments, plants and flowers. The mixture is poured into molds of various shapes, and beeswax is applied to the inside of the bottles to make them waterproof. With repeatedly using, the bottles slowly melt away, and they eventually disappear after use. If the bottles are kept dry, they can even be used as a decorative feature. The design was inspired by antique perfume bottles: characterized by opaque shells with light pastel hues and delicate, shapely curves.

 Most of traditional packages of toiletry products such as shampoo are cheap and disposable, usually used for just 1-2 months. It means that a single person uses around 800 shampoo bottles over a lifetime. And plastic waste is now a significant issue for the global environment. Although it’s sometimes difficult to find alternatives, regarding toiletry products, “Soapack” offers eco-friendly option.

 Zhou says, “I want to re-evaluate what packaging could be as well as help us to reduce our plastic footprint through this project. Packages for shampoo are always disposable, regardless of designs or materials. With innovative and beautiful package design, we want to revolutionize the industry for the earth.”