Zero Waste Shaving

Did you know, “The EPA estimates that 2 billion razors are thrown away each year.” In the United States, over two billion plastic razors are thrown away each year, but a significant amount doesn’t end up in landfills. In fact, 32 percent of plastic products end up in the ocean. To put this into perspective, that amounts to a fully loaded dump trunk pouring plastic into the ocean every minute.”

Flashback to high school days when buying a new razor every month was totally normal and tossing it in the trash when you ran out of blades was totally normal too. To think that every single razor I’ve used since I was a teen still exists and is sitting somewhere on the earth doesn’t make me feel too good.

I’ll tell you what does make me feel good. Knowing that I don’t contribute to that waste anymore and I can still get the close shave I like. (I just want to say that having body hair is completely natural and does not need to be removed. If you are someone who leaves it au naturale or you feel comfortable without hair, that is your choice!)

A stainless steel razor does the same job if not shaves even closer than plastic razors. It’s a simple swap for disposable razors and it can be used for life! The cost of a stainless steel razor is more expensive in the beginning but you save money overtime compared to a disposable blade that you have to replace entirely.

Since stainless steel razors do give you a close shave so you want to be careful when shaving making sure you take your time and lather with soap to create the gliding effect that protects your skin.

The only part of the razor you need to replace are the blades and they are 100% recyclable. The blades are pretty inexpensive selling at $12 for 100 blades on Amazon. Right now, it’s 3 months into 2019 and I’ve been using the same blade since the beginning of the year. It really goes to show how long these blades last and how much money you could save by making the switch.

How to Recycle the Blades

You can store all of your dull blades in a glass jar or aluminum can and wait until you have a good amount. Do some research to see if your local recycling center will take your stainless steel blades. Depending on the recycling center, you may be able to recycle the loose blades or bring your blades in a sealed container, such as a glass jar to prevent injury.

Have you tried using a stainless steel razor blade?

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