There are so many little changes you can make in your life to be more eco-conscious. One of the changes you could make would be to switch from using a generic plastic throw-away razor to a re-usable safety razor. I personally made this switch because I realized how wasteful using the plastic razors were and I’ve made the commitment to make more eco-friendly choices in my life.
Did you know that it is estimated that over 2 BILLION plastic razors are thrown away EACH YEAR? That is absolutely insane. This crisis can easily be averted by using a safety razor. And the best part of making this switch? It saves you a butt load of money. The actual razor can range in prices so that is completely up to you, but to replace the actual blade in the razor, it’s about 10 CENTS! I saw this price and I couldn’t pass it up. Why waste money on buying throw-away razors?
I got my safety razor from Amazon by Bambaw for $19.49. It’s very heavy and durable, yet compact enough to get the hang of if you’re switching from the plastic razor to the safety razor. It took me a couple tries to get some best practices down but here are my thoughts and tips if you’re looking to make the switch (which I highly recommend you do to not only save you money in the long run but also, help contribute to reversing the effects of the one-time-use plastic crisis) and why I am sticking with using it.
- Shave in short, slow strokes. A safety razor is meant to be used differently than a traditional plastic one. With those razors you can go quicker but with the safety razor, to reduce the risk of cutting yourself and getting a smooth and close shave, you must go short and slow.
- USE A SHAVING CREAM OR OIL. Prior to switching to a safety razor, I would use conditioner or just body wash as my shaving cream. With a safety razor, you must use something that can allow it to easily move across your skin and again, reduce the risk of cutting yourself. A safety razor doesn’t have the conditioner/lubricant effect that a plastic one does so this tip is extra important.
- IT’S BETTER FOR YOUR SKIN. Because a safety razor uses a single blade, it glides across your skin, shaving the hair more smoothly and without tugging. This prevents razor bumps and ingrown hairs.
Have any questions for me on how I use my razor? Wanting to make the switch but still unsure? Leave a comment below or contact me and I’d be more than happy to answer any questions or clear up any confusion you may have!