Have A Zero Waste Shave

Zero Waste Shaving - Using a safety razor saves money and the planet

Shaving is something that most of us do, day in day out. The cycle of using and throwing out razors seems endless. What if I told you there was such a thing as ‘Zero Waste’ shaving that will save you money?

In the UK, approx £265 million is spent each year on wet shave razors. Disposable razors, blades and ‘reusable’ handles end up in landfill, where they’ll be for hundreds of years. Over in the USA, the EPA estimates that around 2 BILLION disposable razors are thrown out, adding to the pile in landfill.

The mind boggles just thinking about it all. Such unnecessary waste, especially when we could be using a reusable option.

Zero Waste Shaving

We don’t need to be contributing to the landfill when things like the safety razor exist.

The safety razor is a reusable razor in which you just change the blades when blunt. And unlike the conventional blades, these can be recycled at your local recycling facility. The handle will last your lifetime, and can probably be passed on providing you care for it.

I know they look scary but they’re really easy to use and give a closer shave in my experience. Not to mention the blade is double sided, so lasts twice as long.

The safety razor works exactly like the razors you’re used to. Just don’t put any pressure on the razor when shaving – the weight of the razor itself is enough. Use with a shaving soap (any soap that produces a good lather will do (I like Corinne Taylor Holistic Soap* & Aroma Awakening on Etsy) and you can have a truly zero waste shave.

I keep my blunt blades in an old jam jar in the garden shed for when we next go to our recycling centre. Being eco-friendly whilst shaving couldn’t be easier and requires zero effort.

Personally, I feel like safety razors are affordable. If you look at a popular disposable razor like the Gilette Venus (the standard one), the handle plus 2 blades retails at around £10. Replacement blades are £15.99 for a pack of 8 for the bog standard ones. Now, I know from experience those blades don’t last long before they’re blunt. Depending how often I’d shave, I would replace about 2-3 blades a month, which is the same amount that my friends use per month, too.

Where Can I Get A Safety Razor?

If you like my Mühle rose gold razor in the photo, you can purchase it here*. Most safety razors start from around £19.99 and packets of blades around £2.50 from places like The Shaving Shack*.

You can even be super thrifty and buy preloved on eBay or other thrift sites such as Gum Tree and Preloved!

Have you tried having a ‘Zero Waste Shave’ or will you make the change to a safety razor? Let me know in the comments!

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65 Comments

  1. Louise Vicentini
    25th October 2016 / 10:27 am

    Certainly food for thought. Very well written, and makes so much sense.

    • 25th October 2016 / 11:34 am

      Thanks, Louise. It makes so much more sense, I think. A safety razor will never need to be re-purchased and will last your lifetime. It can be gifted down to someone else once you’re finished using it. And with blades at £1.50 for 4, that are double sided so last twice as long.. not to mention recycleable, it just makes so much sense to ditch those plastic ones and use something reusable.

      They’re available in SO many different colours and designs, too.

  2. 25th October 2016 / 12:22 pm

    A safety razor sounds great. I have never thought of this before. Will look it up.

  3. 25th October 2016 / 12:41 pm

    My husband has literally just done this! He’s so fed up with the current system and how much he seems to spend on replacement blades, then having to replace the razor because nobody makes blades that fit it anymore, he sourced a traditional razor and blades online and it even looks much smarter in the bathroom!

  4. 25th October 2016 / 12:56 pm

    Something I must admit I’d never thought about before. I may just have to check this out.

    • 25th October 2016 / 2:05 pm

      It’s definitely worth looking at. If you use a razor, why waste obscene amounts of money? Plus the safety razor gives me a closer and smoother shave.

  5. 25th October 2016 / 1:17 pm

    That sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately I don’t use razors so it’s not something that I would use.

  6. Elizabeth
    25th October 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Will definitely check this out, now if only I could pin down the zero-waste wax :p

    • 25th October 2016 / 9:37 pm

      Look up sugar wax/sugaring. It’s sugar, water and lemon juice. They’d break down fairly easy I imagine as they’re foodstuffs.

      • Elizabeth
        27th October 2016 / 7:56 pm

        Thanks 🙂 Even buying wax is SUPER expensive!

  7. 26th October 2016 / 9:00 am

    This is such a great idea. I waste so much money on disposable razors. It’s great that things like this are available x

  8. 26th October 2016 / 2:05 pm

    I have not thought of the safety razor before, will have to look into it x

  9. Nikki
    26th October 2016 / 2:45 pm

    I remember my mum using something like this when i was younger. I dont use disposable razors myself but i can see how they are a problem!

  10. 26th October 2016 / 5:59 pm

    Oh I’m always interested in reusable razors. I have one by Dorco 6 blades, love it x

  11. 26th October 2016 / 10:01 pm

    I think safety razors sound like a good option and picking up new blades would be easy and inexpensive. I’d try it out!

  12. 26th October 2016 / 10:14 pm

    I am so bad and tend to use disposable razors, this is definitely food for thought x

  13. 26th October 2016 / 10:38 pm

    It certainly reminds me of my late granddads razor, I miss that one. I am loving that it is reusable and safe

  14. 26th October 2016 / 10:58 pm

    It is nice to actually hear of ways to help the environment. I feel you are told so often to be good to the environment but very rarely given examples of how to make a difference.

  15. 27th October 2016 / 3:43 am

    I didn’t know that you could be so thrifty when shaving! xxx

  16. 27th October 2016 / 9:07 am

    I hadn’t really thought about this previously, but you make an excellent case for creating a little less waste!

  17. 27th October 2016 / 10:47 am

    I haven’t heard of this before, I need to look into it a bit more x

  18. 27th October 2016 / 11:02 am

    I haven’t thought about this before, it’s definitely something to think about.

  19. 27th October 2016 / 11:12 am

    This looks really good and obviously much better for the environment so good on you for switching! If I am honest i probably wouldn’t change, I love my razor as it has moisturising balm around it.

  20. 27th October 2016 / 12:26 pm

    I’ve never thought to look into a more eco way of shaving but I know my other half would love this x

  21. 27th October 2016 / 4:31 pm

    Great idea, this, but at the rate I shave a replacement head razor lasts me utterly forever, lol! My legs get a good once over about twice a year if I’m wearing a skirt somewhere (fine leg hair and husband doesn’t care!)

  22. annalisanuttall
    27th October 2016 / 7:33 pm

    Interesting blog post. Very well written and made a lot of sense.

  23. 27th October 2016 / 8:25 pm

    I’ve never tried a proper razor but would definitely consider it xx

  24. 27th October 2016 / 9:01 pm

    I bet that gives a really close shave!, Great recycling idea, might recommend it to my daddy!

  25. 27th October 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Not heard of this brand before but it sounds very good and much more affordable

    • 31st October 2016 / 10:34 pm

      It’s not a brand 🙂 there are tonnes of different ‘brands’ of safety razor but this post is about reusable razors instead of the ones you throw away 🙂

  26. Le Coin de Mel
    28th October 2016 / 9:39 pm

    That’s interesting actually, but I’d be worried about safety if using one of those.

    • 31st October 2016 / 10:33 pm

      They’re called a ‘safety’ razor, as in they’re safe to use. And actually, safer than the razors you buy in store to throw away/buy new blade heads for 🙂

  27. 28th October 2016 / 9:46 pm

    Zero waste shaving sounds great, I shall recommend it to hubby! 🙂

  28. 28th October 2016 / 9:59 pm

    What a great idea I didn’t know they made recyclable blades I might get one of them for my dad for Christmas 😉

  29. 28th October 2016 / 10:37 pm

    My partner swears by a safety razor for his face, so makes sense to use it on the body too!

  30. 30th October 2016 / 8:25 am

    Totally something that actually never even crossed my mind! Will certainly look into this.

  31. 31st October 2016 / 12:06 pm

    I have been using the subscription from Friction Free Shaving, it is such a good razor.

  32. 1st November 2016 / 12:50 am

    Oh, I’ve not come across something like this before l, and I’ve never really considered the waste! I’ll definitely be reading more into this!

    Ashton x

  33. 1st November 2016 / 12:34 pm

    Ooh i haven’t heard of these but like the sound of it x

  34. Tania Jayne
    4th November 2016 / 9:53 pm

    This sounds great! Dan uses a razor that just requires changing the blades & he swears by it. He much prefers it to anything else he’s used. Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

  35. 12th November 2016 / 8:27 am

    I admit safety razors scare the life out of me and I can just about watch the mister shave when he uses one x

  36. 12th November 2016 / 8:42 pm

    I definitely need to pick up a safety razor – zero waste shaving makes total sense

  37. 28th November 2016 / 11:00 pm

    This is most definitely something I’ve never thought of before! It’s such an interesting thought and it does seem more reasonable and more efficient than the more mainstream alternatives. I probably need a safety razor seeing as I’m dyspraxic and get myself into so much trouble sometimes! I’ll be looking into it 🙂

  38. 29th November 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Honestly this is something I’ve never thought about – might have to look into purchasing myself a safety razor myself now!

  39. 29th November 2016 / 3:11 pm

    A safety Razer sounds great I currently use an electric Razer definitely something to consider changing to though.

  40. 29th November 2016 / 3:13 pm

    What a great idea, I could do with one that actually lasts as I am forever throwing them away great idea

  41. serenityyou
    29th November 2016 / 5:28 pm

    These razor certainty sound really good. I like to recycle but never thought of recycling razors.We have all our recycling pick up from our house via the council, unsure if they would recycle razor. will have to find out

  42. 29th November 2016 / 7:05 pm

    I don’t ever really shave – I’m more of an wax / epilator kind of girl -, but these are definitely great for those who do! Disposable razors are just so wasteful!

  43. 29th November 2016 / 7:49 pm

    This is definitely an interesting post – I have to admit I would be worried about cutting myself, but it is definitely an idea worth trying out.

  44. 29th November 2016 / 9:04 pm

    Love the idea of this razor,my granddad had a similar one and he loved it.

  45. 29th November 2016 / 9:33 pm

    I have never tried zero waste shave but it does look fantastic and I am all for being as eco friendly as possible!

  46. Dannii
    30th November 2016 / 8:53 am

    Wow, that is so much money wasted on shaving. It definitely makes you think.

  47. 30th November 2016 / 9:31 am

    I’ve never tried a razor like this and am really bad and use disposable ones, definitely something to look into though x

  48. thestyletune
    30th November 2016 / 8:49 pm

    sounds like a great product! its the small things like this that together make a huge difference.

  49. 1st December 2016 / 8:04 am

    Safety razors sound ideal to my mummy. She rarely shaves anyway as her hair is very thin and light but she’all definitely look into this.

  50. cheskaaanels
    1st December 2016 / 8:32 pm

    I really like the odea that its all very durable and even the blades can be rescycled!!!

  51. 1st December 2016 / 10:40 pm

    I never thought about using safety razors for shaving, but this inspired me to try it! IT sounds much more ecofriendly as well, great post!

  52. 2nd December 2016 / 6:46 am

    I struggle to be honest with shaving and my over sensitive skin, I had to use one of those venus ones with the built in gel and then use shaving gel. It is a bit ridiculous… however perhaps this could work better?

  53. 3rd January 2017 / 10:22 am

    I certainly have made the switch! Dropped clanging hints to my partner before Christmas and I duly received a lovely gift set including the Shaveology safety razor, a carton of safety blades (100!) and Arko shaving tabs which I haven’t used before but which smell deliciously like doll’s heads.

    All thanks to this brill post. Looking forward to many years of zero waste shaves. It’s a start, right?!

  54. Jennifer Hosker
    23rd April 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I’d like to give this a try but there is so many to choose from on the site you recommend, do you have any tips on how to choose one?

    • 23rd April 2017 / 11:43 pm

      I would recommend a closed comb just because it isn’t as aggressive as an open comb (open comb exposes more of the blade, whereas closed comb doesn’t). Just had a look and if you were wanting to spend about £20, then this is a good brand. Merkur 33C Razor The razor I have is the Muhle R89 Closed Comb which is £31 for plain silver or £35 for the rose gold that I have (the link in this reply is an affiliate link – so if you made a purchase then I will earn a small commission from the retailer which helps cover my website running costs but won’t cost you anything)

  55. 16th June 2017 / 9:31 am

    I’ve just started my ethical journey with my wardrobe and I’m now branching into skincare and I think I’ll be getting on of these razors! I’d never even heard of them before but I found 10 Muhle blades for £2.50! Definitely will be getting one, I’ll save so much money, thank you! x