I admit that as long as there's constant production, it is sometimes difficult and inconvenient to avoid plastic completely
To help this problem, a zero waste store in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya offers a brilliant solution
All you need is to bring any old detergent bottles or containers that can hold a minimum of one kg and they will fill it up with what you request for
BYOB sells laundry detergents, fabric softener, floor cleaners, kitchen degreasers, car wash products, and other household cleaning agents by the kilogram.
Among other things they have are shower gels, hand soaps, pet shampoo, and insect repellents.
Each bottle is refilled according to what you ask and labelled to make it easy to identify
All products are fully biodegradable, which just means that they are kinder to Mother Nature in the long run compared to regular store-bought products.
In addition, the products are formulated without SLS (a skin irritant present in many cleaning solutions) and parabens (a preservative used in many products today).
Prices are very affordable and start from as low as RM2.60 per kg
They also have certified plant-based products imported from Australia - which are slightly more expensive than the others.
You can select from two fragrances to be added into the products, which I highly recommend especially for detergent.
I bought five litres of laundry detergent plus fragrance and it came up to roughly cheaper than buying a new bottle at a supermarket.
You can pay for items either with cash or via GrabPay
Save the earth while collecting points - double win. :p
Meanwhile, you can check out BYOB's full menu.
There are several BYOB outlets all over Malaysia, including Sarawak and Perak. You can find your nearest branch here.
Here is where the Damansara branch is located: