I know the kitchen products and food packaging use a lot of plastic. I also wonder about liquid soap bottles. (I recycle the sturdiest ones for homemade laundry detergent.) I have started buying an economy size natural body wash, diluting it with half water and refilling the bottles. It works even better that way. You can buy natural products at health food stores. Sometimes, you can buy products by the pound or by volume and bring your own jars to refill.
I made a trip to a generic grocery store again--first time in 3 weeks--which is always a strange experience even if I don't go to buy food. Didn't find the special canning jars I wanted. I see how the rest of the world lives. Always shocking. More and more often, I do not find items I went to the store to buy. Too cheap, basic and healthy--not enough profit margin. I lingered with morbid fascination to read some labels. So many products list identical ingredients. It seems the price is determined by the packaging. I also realized that my unadulterated home-dried fruit keeps longer (shelf life) in a glass jar than the fancy stuff with additives sealed in plastic bags. People pay as much for a small handful of nuts roasted in cottonseed oil as they could for an entire pound of raw nuts. I am shocked to see how many prepared foods and toiletries have multiple carcinogenic ingredients.
The economy is bad and manufacturers try to maintain their profit margins by cutting costs and using inferior ingredients. Smaller amounts hidden in larger packages. I was so appalled at changes, that I decided I work too hard for my money to waste it on inferior products. During hard times, health must be a priority. You pay the grocer or you pay the doctor, but you cannot fool Mother Nature. So, on many things, I will either spend more or do without. I realize I need to learn to make/do even more products at home. Fortunately, it should not be too difficult. It will save money, gas, aggravation and preserve health/sanity