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?
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!