Ditch Those Disposables

For this eco-friendly Friday, we’re going to touch base on reusable razors. They can be a little unnerving for people who tend to shave around some more delicate areas like the armpit and the back of the knee, but they’re not as scary as they seem.

Here’s what pushed me to take the plunge.

Personally, I had a reusable razor in my Amazon shopping cart for months before I ran out of disposables and decided it was worth a go. I’ll link the one that I bought (and some other goodies) at the bottom of this post. Whenever I want to make a change for the sake of the environment, one I’m not positive I can stick to, it helps me to do a bit of research on the product as well as digging into the price that planet pays for my decisions.

Ready for a shock? The EPA reports that an estimated TWO BILLION razors end up in landfills every year.tenor

That’s a lot of plastic. To add insult to injury, the metal blades on disposable razors are recyclable but who would actually spend the time prying three to eight tiny blades off of a little plastic stick before they toss it into the trash? No one, and honestly no one expects you to risk your fingertips over that either but there is a simpler and much less dangerous way to recycle your blades and reduce your waste. Buy a reusable metal razor! Then locate your nearest recycling center that accepts used blades. Safety razors even come in trendy metal tones like rose gold and silver, plus after the initial investment of purchasing the razor itself, the savings come rolling in.

Plastic is expensive and frankly, it isn’t worth it.

If you get nervous about using a single blade (maybe someone has told you a horror story or two) remember that people can be dumb and YouTube is a cornucopia of knowledge. Look up a quick tutorial on how to properly shave with a safety razor or ask someone who you know already uses one.

  • Don’t flip blades over to “use them more” because you’ll nick yourself.
  • Use a moisturizing soap or a good shave butter/gel when shaving.
  • Store in a way that water won’t rest on the blades.
  • Dispose of your blades properly to prevent accidents later on.

Then get ready for the best shave you’ve ever had.

Here are the best deals that I have found thus far.

Double Edge Safety Razor

Razor Blade Disposal Case

50 Blades Under $15img_4317

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