Did you know the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) estimates that 2 BILLION disposable razors a year are thrown away?!?! I can’t even wrap my mind around what that looks like. Those razors are most likely never going to breakdown- and that doesn’t even count the disposable razor blade heads on refillable razors!
Fortunately, there are easy and convenient options which reduce waste! Preserve makes a totally recycled and totally recyclable refillable razor. The blades, however, are not recyclable.
A safety razor (aka straight razor) is another great option. They have a bit of a learning curve but give you a super close shave allowing you to shave much less often. The blades are tiny and recyclable in a number of areas. These razors are awesome and the handles last for decades- my Grandfather still has his from 50+ years ago! There are also models specifically for women. The blades last MUCH longer than blades from disposables (most people only use 6-12 per year, and they’re about the size of a postage stamp).
Shaving cream is a product that’s not really necessary. Cream from a can is full of chemicals and is typically aerosol (which is not so great on the environment). There are a number of recipes online for homemade shaving cream or try an olive oil or coconut oil soap bar. Just lather it up and put the lather on your legs and shave away. My hubby and I use the bars I mentioned last week- Hubby often uses a shaving brush with it, creates a nice lather and slathers is all over his face.
With a couple economical changes your shaving routine can get faster, cheaper and more eco-friendly! Did you ever think about the environmental impact of shaving? Do you have any other tips to make shaving more environmentally friendly? Let me know in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Olivia lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and 4 year old son. She enjoys spending time in the mountains, studying about essential oils, natural remedies and herbs, as well as upcycling/ DIY projects. Olivia’s family made the move last year towards becoming a Zero Waste household. They have gotten down to one bathroom sized trashcan a month of garbage but hope to be totally Zero Waste by the end of 2015.
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