Did you ever stop to think about how much waste your shaving routine creates? Recent estimates say that we could be throwing away some 2 billion razors into landfills every year, roughly equating to around 454 tonnes of plastic waste. This doesn’t take into account shaving cream bottles and aerosols either. The biggest offenders however are multi-blade cartridge razors which are one of the most wasteful products we have in our bathrooms.
But what is the other eco, zero waste shaving option?
Zero waste, eco, sustainable, lifetime, reusable razors are where it’s at. Otherwise known as reusable safety razors, they might seem a little daunting at first, but in reality, they are pretty simple and effective to use, once you get the hang of them.
Reusable safety razors are built to last a lifetime with some people still using reusable safety razors dating back from the 1900s. Not all of them will outlive you, but most are pretty indestructible and a much better option than plastic, disposable alternatives we throw away after using a couple of times. When it comes to picking a reusable safety razor that is going to last, we recommend going to one made of pure stainless steel. We also stock reusable safety razors that are made using bronze and sustainable bamboo.
These kinds of reusable safety razors tend to be unisex and provide a clean, close, and smooth shave wherever you are using it. Whilst the reusable safety razor itself is built to last, you just need to change the reusable safety razor blade. Some people resharpen their own, others recycle their blades, and some just dispose of them safely, in the knowledge that they are not dumping any harmful plastics into the environment.
Of course, you can always opt for reusable safety razors with bamboo handles such as this one from Bambaw which is made with sustainable bamboo and is a great eco and natural alternative to shaving. Alternatively, you can try this zero waste, reusable safety razor with a wooden handle which gives you just as much of a good shave, without the environmental impact.
Conventional shaving cream often comes in a metal aerosol that is thrown into landfills once finished. Other options usually include plastic tubes and bottles- neither of which are any good for the world around us. Then, the cream itself- conventional creams are full of drying ingredients including sodium Laureth sulfate, fragrances, parabens, and other foaming agents- all of which can leave your skin feeling dry and irritated.
At Peace With The Wild, we stock a range of eco, natural, vegan shaving soaps and we have launched our own range of organic, vegan, natural skincare including these luxuriously lovely Organic Shaving Creams. It comes in a metal tin so you don’t need to worry about your carbon footprint, and it is packed full of wonderful natural, eco ingredients including shea butter, hemp oil, coconut oil, and jojoba seed oil, all of which help you keep you feeling moisturised and soft.
Also if you are wanting a complete zero waste shave then try our vegan shaving brushes which help create a rich and warm lather from your vegan shaving soap. This helps for a nice, clean and smooth shave when using your reusable safety razor.