Saving the Planet One Razor at a Time

Well hello to you my reader chums! If there’s one thing we all know now, it’s that single-use plastic is a problem. There are so many plastic items in your home that you will use once and then throw away, which is adding to the problem we already have. Most of our plastic ends up in landfills, oceans and waterways, and the environment. Plastic will eventually break down, but never completely, instead of breaking down into microplastics.

Saving the Planet One Razor at a Time

Research has shown the detrimental impact that plastic is having on the earth and those that live on it. It can take thousands of years for plastic to decompose, and in the meantime, it contaminates our soil and water. We as humans are responsible for the planet we live on and protecting it, as well as making it safe for the animals who don’t get to choose the materials we use in the world. This is why I am pledging to make changes where I can, and I want you to do the same. I understand it can be difficult to make large changes which is why I’m starting with something simple - razors. I’ve teamed up with The English Shaving Company to teach you all about the impact that disposable razors are having on the planet and how we can fix this.

Disposable Razors

The Impact

Plastic razors are known to have a short life cycle. On average a disposable razor should only be used around 6-9 times before being thrown away. This means that with every purchase of a disposable razor, in about 2-3 week they will be on their way to the landfill. This is why disposable razors are so bad for the environment, being one of the worst items people have in their home for plastic waste.

Saving the Planet One Razor at a Time

What is a safety razor?

Your grandfather is likely to be more familiar with a safety razor than yourself, but they’ve made a huge comeback recently. They were originally created to allow people to shave for themselves and reduce the number of times men had to visit the barber. They are completely plastic-free and can last a lifetime if you look after them properly!

Using a safety razor is different from your typical disposable one, but it won’t take you long to get used to. The most noticeable difference is that the blades are set in the razor and need to be held at the correct angle manually, which is 45 degrees. You don’t need to press down when you shave either, letting the weight of the razor do the work instead.

  • Cost-effective - Although the initial purchase costs more than a typical disposable razor, you won’t have to keep repurchasing. All you need to do is buy new blades once your old ones get blunt, which is still considerably cheaper than the blades of disposable razors with 100 blades costing as little as £5.
  • Better shave - Safety razors are proven to give you a closer, smoother shave. They are also better for your skin, making you a lot less likely to suffer from ingrown hairs or cuts.
  • Eco-friendly - The reason we even started writing this blog post, safety razors are eco-friendly. They are completely plastic free and replace the need to purchase typical disposable plastic razors. If everyone switched to safety razors we could make a big difference.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you thought about making the switch to a safety razor? 

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