February 26, 2012
How to: Be an Environmentally Friendly Shaver
Actually, where it ends up is the smallest concern. The manufacturing of the raw materials to make these little plastic beasties is the real concern. So, let's hop on into the way-back machine and go for a less harmful option: The double-edged safety razor
My husband and I have been using one of these bad boys for the last two years and we definitely think that it beats the heck out of the disposables for three reasons:
1) The shave is fantastic!
2) The cost is pennies a shave.
3) Why put more plastic into the world?
To get that great shave, we have some recommendations. You do have to be a bit more delicate while shaving at first. You'll get the hang of it very quickly. We've also found that the type of hair you are shaving determines the direction you should shave. When shaving course hair, like men's facial hair, go with the grain. When shaving lighter hair, like legs, go against the grain. This has worked great for us.
Say you were using a Gillette Fushion ProGlide razor ($10.99 at Target with one blade) and refills ($30 for a pack of 8). If you used each blade four times it would cost you $1.14 a shave.
Our razor (made in German) was $50. A pack of 100 Derby Extra blades was $12. There are four sides to each blade and we've found that we get at least four shaves out of each side. That's 16 shaves per blade. You get 1600 shaves out of one box of blades. Not including the cost of the razor, that's $0.0075 a shave! If you include the cost of the razor it's $0.04 a shave. That's $1.10 per shave of SAVINGS!
That's assuming the razor will only last as long as a box of blades, which is untrue. These things last decades if well taken care of. The best way to keep this razor in top working condition is to completely rinse and dry it after each use and store it in a dry place. Never leave it in the shower.
One last tip, another reason shaving can be environmentally harmful is the water running while we do so. Shut it off, shave, then rinse people!
Tomorrow's post: Oscar Tea Party