Sustainable New Year’s resolutions: Be smarter about wasteful, expensive razors

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It is a daily or weekly routine for many people, making shaving one of the most expensive hygiene habits for our wallet and the environment, especially if we opt for the convenience of disposable razors.

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Increasingly, consumers are rethinking where and how their razors and razor blades are made and then, what happens after they are thrown away.

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in 2020, 158.10 million People in America used disposable razors. this number is expected to increase 160.16 million by 2024, based on U.S. Census data and the Simmons National Consumer Survey.

Most disposable razors only last for 6-9 shaves, after which they become blunt and are destined for landfills. The average person who shaves daily or every few days can burn around 40-50 disposable razors each year, and if each razor weighs about half a pound, that’s about 1,200 pounds of most plastic razors per person.

Considering the US population, Americans threw away an estimated 2 billion pounds of disposable razors and blades each year in the 1990s, the last comprehensive breakdown from the EPA. This estimate is probably too low now, given the increase in population and the popularity of disposable razors over older traditional shaving alternatives such as long-lasting safety razors or electric shavers, Natural Resources Defense Council says, And, As per this USA Today reportThe EPA no longer separates disposable razor data from other plastics.

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safety first?

Increasingly, some consumers are abandoning plastic razors for the throwback shaving method – a typically metal alternative. safety razor, or a double-edged razor. This preceded the popular use of disposables and is usually made of brass, chrome or stainless steel.

Because disposable razors are made of both plastic and metal, which are difficult to disassemble, they are difficult and expensive to recycle. In contrast, safety razor blades, which snap in and out of place, can be recycled along with other metals. When allowed to rust and break down, they naturally decompose over time, without adding toxic chemicals to waterways, soil or air.

The safety razor, once you get the hang of it, is relatively easy to use. Proponents say they provide a closer shave than disposable razors and are easier on the skin.

barbers Surveyed by New York Magazine German made. landed on Merkur 34C Heavy-Duty Short-Handle Safety Razor Based on the company’s long manufacturing history and a respectable price point at $42. Its size and design make it suitable for beginners.

Another option is Zomchi, about $20 on Amazon.com

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People with sensitive skin swear by these plastic-free safety razors, The editors of Elle magazine, Simply replace recyclable blades whenever they wear out.

When handled carefully, safety-razor blades can be recycled. A blade “bank” is a metal container that can safely store discarded blades. There blade bank online Which are available for a few dollars each. Or consider thisblade disposal unit,” says Joseph Rauch, writing for His Public Goods Blog,

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Disposables are also changing

But for those who prefer disposable razors, either because they’re traveling, or hate the idea of ​​a razor and risky bacteria collecting or becoming dull and increasing the risk of a painful nick Now, there are more plastic-free and zero-waste razors coming on the market.

Consumers are prompting companies to think about the long days and years of initial use of their products. Design and technology have also evolved, as has the variety of mail-order razors, blades and shaving accessories, giving drugstore brands some healthy competition.

All these factors are also prompting major consumer groups to rethink their product range.

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Gillette introduced her planet type razor Made with 60% recycled materials and durable blades that don’t need to be replaced every other day. Plus, through a partnership with TerraCycle, each razor is 100% recyclable, Gillette says.

TerraCycle was one of the first waste management companies to offer large-scale programs for difficult-to-recycle products and connect large and small consumer-products firms for recycling needs in customer homes. This has faced criticism and lawsuits Accused the company and its customers of exaggerating the benefits it is defending.

Another big manufacturer, Edgewell Personal Care EPC,
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Earlier this year it was said that its Sustainable Care 2030 strategy would include a portfolio of disposable razors for men and women, including the Schick Extreme 3 men’s and Scintimat three-blade women’s razors. The products will include handles made of 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic. The company also launched the program To encourage recycling of your disposable razors And to provide an alternative to curbside recycling programs, which typically don’t accept disposable razors throughout.

Smaller rivals are also getting inventive. An example, achippychick Makes an eco-friendly, disposable razor that’s made of a wheat straw handle and stainless steel blade, ships in durable packaging. jungle culture There is a bamboo-handled version.

plastic free, All-Metal Honey Razor Acts as a cross between a long lasting safety razor and a disposable one. It’s been treated with a powder coating that will keep it from rusting in the shower, earning it a 2021 award from Allure Magazine.

In addition to content and recycling, some buyers may also care about the social credibility of the company they are buying from.

The unisex upcycled beauty safety razor is made of chrome and meant to be recycled via TerraCycle when its long life fades. Plus, 1% of its purchase price supports the For The Planet program, which redirects profits toward earth-friendly efforts,

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