I’ve heard it said that disposable razors are the new plastic straws. They’re manufactured to be used a few times and then thrown in the bin. We haven’t used single-use razors in our house for a long time so I thought I’d talk to you about the alternatives and how to do zero waste shaving.
Your first option is to give up shaving altogether. Become a Hairy Mary and let it all just grow. Honestly, I’d love for that to become socially acceptable in today’s society but I don’t think we’re there yet.
It’s estimated that 2 billion disposable razors are thrown away every year. So, what are our alternatives?
The Double-Edged Safety Razor
These double-edged safety razors are like a throwback to days gone by. Do you remember your Grandad shaving with one of these? I do. They’re back! To buy one is around £15 and because they’re often made of chrome or steel they’re built to last a lifetime. The steel razor blades usually just come wrapped in a slip of paper and are completely recyclable too. These do take a tiny bit of practice to get used to using. You need to go in far gentler than with a disposable razor but it’s quick to get the hang on.
Friction Free Shaving
Another option is a razor from Friction Free Shaving. These razors are made with a metal handle that is reusable. They offer a blade recycling scheme and they come in recyclable packaging. My daughter uses one of these are they’re a great option for younger teenagers as you can’t cut yourself as easily. She was really apprehensive about using a double-edged safety razor. I’m sure I’ll get her using one of those as she gets older. My 17-year-old stepdaughter has transitioned onto a safety razor no problems.
I’d love to hear what hair removal method, if any, you use. Please check out my recent beauty posts here. Thanks for reading.