Safety Razors, better for the planet?

Posted by Mikaela Molnar on

Did you know the EPA estimates 2 billion disposable razors are thrown away each year? Plastic razors are probably the most wasteful, single-use item in our bathrooms considering how often we need to change them.

According to Gillette: If you shave daily, you should consider changing razors every 1 to 2 weeks. If you shave every other day, change every 2 to 3 weeks and if you only shave twice a week, you should replace your razor every 4 to 6 weeks.

Just think about how many non-recyclable razors are sent to the landfill each day...

Safety razors are the perfect environmentally friendly solution for this. A safety razor will last you a lifetime, and the only waste produced is the 100% recyclable razor blade.

One of the reasons that many of us avoid safety razors is simply that we don’t understand how to properly use them. That one blade is definitely sharp, but it is safe, hence the name. These just might take a bit of getting used to.

Since the blade is so much sharper than dull disposable razors, you don’t need to apply pressure to the razor. This tends to be the cause of a majority of initial injuries with safety razors are because you just forget you’re using a different tool. 

You’ll definitely want to use a lather or cream of some sort. Once you’ve gotten yourself all lathered up, start shaving. Position your razor at an angle, about 20 to 30 degrees - and you might find this awkward at first, as the go-to with disposables is flat against the skin.

You will get used to it, we promise.


How do I change the blades?

To change the blades is so simple.

  1. Unscrew the head of the razor. There are three pieces to a safety razor, the handle, the plate (the bottom of the head) and the cap (the top of the head). Once you have unscrewed the head from the razor, you’ll be able to separate the cap and the plate.
  2. Remove the old blade and put a fresh blade on the plate.
  3. Set the cap on top of the plate and blade, and screw the head back onto the handle.

How often should I change my safety razor blades?

You should change your blades every 3 - 5 shaves. If your razor feels like it’s dragging across your skin, then you definitely need a new blade.

Don’t try and stretch out the blades for longer than this - you’ll end up with razor burn, bumps, and probably a few cuts!

How do I recycle the safety razor blades?

Safety razor blades are recyclable, but you can’t just throw them in your recycling bin because they are sharp and considered hazardous.

You can recycle your blades at your local recycling center, where the blades will go into the stainless steel recycling. Calling your local recycling center is a great idea to find out the exact process.

What many people do is make themselves a little "razor bank". Out of a metal tin (ex. vegetable broth) make a slit in the top, rinse it out and then use it as a piggy bank for blades. This is so the men at the facilities do not cut themselves on the blades.

Are safety razors really more cost effective?

YES. Let's break it down together. A typical disposable razor with replaceable heads is about $10-$12, and a set of four refills is about another $10.Assuming you switch your blades out every two weeks (which is average from above) you’ll spend about $75 on shaving each year.

With our safety razor, the upfront costs is higher but it will only cost you about $8 dollars to refills for the whole year, based on the same amount of shaving. So, you're saving at least $35 a year on shaving.

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