There are so many disposable items that we use in the bathroom made of single-use plastic filling our landfills and oceans. One of the major culprits? Plastic razors. But before plastic single-use razors, there were metal ones! This week’s sustainable switch is from plastic razors to a reusable safety razor.
So what is a safety razor?
Safety razors are single-blade, metal razors that open in a butterfly clip to hold the
blades. I’ll be honest, mine sat on my dresser for a couple weeks before I worked up the nerve to actually use it. I’m pretty clumsy, so I was a bit nervous about cutting myself with this thing, but surprisingly I didn’t cut myself once! The key is to not apply pressure and just let the weight of the razor do the work for you, gliding it along at a 45 degree angle.
The perks of using a safety razor
So the obvious perk of safety razors is that it’s preventing tons of plastic waste. Just think
of how many times a year you’ve bought a package of plastic disposable razors and then
tossed them after use. This is honestly one of the easiest switches a person can make to be a little more Earth-friendly. Mine was only $10 on Amazon, so it’s way more affordable than disposables. Even if you buy the cheapest brand of disposable razors, you’d still spend at least three times that amount every year on razors. What’s even better about this safety razor is that my $10 razor should last me a lifetime if cared for properly. All you have to do take the blade out after each use and dry the razor and blade off with a towel to keep it clean and rust free. Each blade should last about a month.
Other ways to be earth-friendly while shaving
Another great way to be earth-friendly while shaving is to save on water. Don’t have the shower running the whole time, just leave some water in the bottom of the tub and swish you razor around in the water to rinse it.
Also, you can skip the shaving cream and just use bar soap or hair conditioner. This will save you money and it’ll keep loads of shaving cream bottles out of landfills. If you’re stuck on using shaving cream, try making your own! This will also save you money. I’m testing out recipes for making my own shaving cream and when I find my favorite I’ll be sure to post it!