Want to upgrade your disposable plastic razor to a reusable razor? Well, you landed in the right place.
Plastic razors are having a devastating effect on the environment.
Here is why a reusable razor is the way to go:
- it is eco-friendly because it eliminates plastic waste;
- you get a closer shave so you do not have to go all cave-woman for climate change;
- you don’t have to break the bank doing it.
Gillete Venus Says…
If you are following manufacturers recommendations then your disposable razor does not sit in your shower for long.
Am I right?
Well, Gillete Venus endorses only using their disposable razor 5-10 times. This is due to the potential for bacteria growth and moisture causing rust. Both are harmful to you. This health and safety measure means a lot of discarded razors.
In the 1990’s The Environmental Protection agency released a startling statistic. America produced 2 billion plastic razors.
A more recent report revealed that in 2018, 163 million consumers in the United States used disposable razors.
Where is that plastic going?
The disposable razor is NOT sustainable.
There is no simple way to recycle plastic razors. It is a small device with a complex design.
The contemporary razor blends metal and plastic and does not disassemble easily. This makes recycling difficult. The metal blade poses serious health risks to those handling the device.
Not to mention it is time-consuming. Suffice it to say, most recycling centers do not find breaking down razors profitable.
So if you toss it in the recycling bin, odds are it is sorted and sent to the landfill.
There is some good news!
While you are transitioning to a reusable razor, you can participate in Terracycle’s program to recycle the last of your plastic razors.
Check to see if a recycling box is located near you!
Or check to see if your local recycling center will properly break it down. Some do! Fair warning though, continuing the cycle of buying plastic and recycling is a band-aid on a festering razor burn.
Zero-waste shaving with a reusable razor
Safety razors are reusable razors often misperceived as dangerous.
Many women have scenes of Carrie flashing in their head. Bear in mind the word “safe.” These are not straight razors found in Barbershops and Salons. They are in fact very similar to their plastic counterparts.
They were first invented in 1901. They have made a comeback due to their durability, sustainability and close shave.
Safety razors are made with a strong polished metal.
The design allows for disposable metal blades to be inserted under a protective housing. Making for a safe and smooth shave.
When I decided to green up my bathroom, I targeted my disposable razor first. I invested in a Zero-Waste Shaving Kit for Woman from EcoRoots.
The kit includes: a shiny rose-gold double-edged safety razor for women, an organic shaving soap bar, and 15 stainless steel replacement blades.
The entire kit was only $48.
In no time, it was shipped to my door in a completely plastic-free (no air bubbles—awesome!), recyclable package. Talk about a goodie box!
If you only need the razor it comes with 5 free stainless steel replacement blades.
Go for it!
This has made my shave clean, sustainable, and cost way less.
EcoRoots has a $3.50 refill pack with 10 blades.
The disposable heads I used to buy, for my plastic razor, would cost around $20 for 4 measly blades!
I was paying that every couple of months. I never have to worry about replacing the actual razor because it has a high polished finish, preventing rust. This rose-gold reusable razor will probably outlast me.
I know shaving with a safety razor seems intimidating; it was for me, at first. Like all new things practice makes perfect.
It differs from shaving with disposable razors in a couple ways.
Some plastic razors are designed with rotating heads, so they sculpt around your body.
This safety razor does not have a rotating head.
Hold the ergonomic handle and place the razor edge flush against your skin. The razor should make a 30-degree angle to the area you are shaving. Practice by touching the rounded top of the razor to your skin.
With the handle sticking straight up, rock down to find that angle. Another notable variation is pressure.
The razor head is weighted to give the perfect amount of pressure as you glide along. Don’t press too hard; in fact minimal effort is needed.
A closer shave
Ladies, let’s get into the nitty-gritty details of shaving with a safety razor.
Whip out the bubble bath!
Here are some of my tips:
For your first shave, take it easy, go slow.
Prep with EcoRoots organic shave soap, it is a game changer.
I am a sensitive gal and I get bumps. The shave soap will clean the area of dead skin, allowing for an easier, silky smooth shave.
Every body is different and some parts are trickier than others.
With the shinbone, instead of shaving vertically up from the ankle to the knee, I like to go in a short crisscrossing motion up to the knee. I lay my knee flat to create more surface area.
In the bikini area, make the skin taut, and remember very little pressure. And take care of your rose-gold baby.
It is such a chic tool. Dry it off and make it a decorative feature in your bathroom.
I promise it will get a lot of attention!
1 2 3 Recycling
When you start to experience dragging on the skin, it is time to change the blade.
To change blades hold the sides of the head with your thumb and forefinger. With the other hand unscrew the handle out completely.
The blade is snuggled between the curved top and the blade holder that screws to the handle. Set the head of the razor down, with the bottom of the blade holder handle-side down. Take the rounded top off. By gripping the sides take the blade out.
Please note: used razor blades should go in a separate biohazard box. You can fashion one out of cardboard! Don’t forget to recycle.
Put a new blade on top of the blade holder by matching the handle hole with the middle of the blade. The rounded top goes back on, and the handle screws back in.
Life in plastic it is not fantastic
Plastic is consuming us.
If only we would have known the repercussions of its’ existence.
Hindsight is 20/20. In any event, it is 2019 and plastic is everywhere.
Look around you, how many types of plastic do you see?
How much of that plastic can be recycled? If it cannot be recycled, then it will end up buried in the landfill for thousands of years. Or worse it could get shipped overseas to another country, tasked to deal with it.
Or even worse, it could wind up in the ocean suffocating our precious aquatic ecosystem.
Say goodbye to plastic razors
Take action on the individual level.
Make small changes to live a zero-waste lifestyle.
Here is one that is easy. Start a plastic-free shaving routine.
Switching to a reusable razor gives you a few more notches in that climate hero belt. For a limited time only you can help the world.
Be Mother Natures’ saving grace! End her suffering while simultaneously being ” Venus “, full of fire and desire. Try a safety razor for woman.