Plastic Free Shaving
Shaving can have a big impact on yourself and the environment. To learn more about the benefits of plastic free shaving, please keep reading.
Plastic Disposable Razors
Shaving is a part of life for many of us. However, did you ever stop to think about how much waste your shaving routine creates? I have checked on many sites and they all have the same figure. Over 2 billion disposable razors are thrown away each year! That’s about one million pounds of plastic waste which all ends up in landfill and takes centuries to break down. This doesn’t take into account shaving cream bottles and aerosols either.
The biggest offenders are multi-blade cartridge razors, which are one of the most wasteful products we have in our bathrooms. It is estimated that the average disposable razor cartridge should only be used about 6-9 times before being thrown away. As a result, after every purchase of a disposable razor, in about 2-3 weeks, they’ll be on their way to the landfill. The bulk of a disposable razor is non-biodegradable. Razor blades will rust away into nothing, leaving behind the plastic handle and casing. At this time, there is simply no straightforward way to dispose of plastic razors in an eco-friendly way.
What is the alternative?
Safety razors are the way to go to start your plastic free shaving adventure. Unlike disposable razors, safety razors are built to last a lifetime. The only part that needs to be recycled is the razor blades. Switching to a double edge safety razor is a basic change that goes a long way in reducing plastic waste.
Not only is a safety razor beneficial to the environment, many people also find it provides a better shave. A safety razor blade can get closer to your skin and the base of your hairs. Therefore producing a closer shave resulting in a smoother look and feel. Safety razors tend to be unisex and provide a clean, close and smooth shave wherever you are using it.
Choosing to use a double edge safety razor will also save you money. Although the initial cost of the razor itself is more expensive than a cartridge razor, the razor lasts for years. Replacement blades are also cheap, so the on going cost is much less than using a cartridge or disposable razor.
The Safety Razor
A double edge safety razor is comprised of a sharp blade held within the head of the razor. There is a comb that protects your skin from full contact with the razor blade, therefore reducing the risk of cuts.
It may take a little while to get used to using a safety razor. As a result this means to start with it may take longer to shave. You need to be careful to avoid nicking your skin, so it’s important to take it slow it steady. It may seem daunting at first but safety razors are pretty simple and effective to use once you get the hang on them. After some patience and practice you will soon become faster at achieving your close, smooth shave.
You should hold the razor at an angle of roughly 30 degrees and let the weight of razor do a lot of the work. A lower angle (eg 15 degrees) would be too aggressive on the skin, whereas a higher angle (eg 60 degrees) would tear the hair as the razor head flattens the hair before the blade makes contact.
If you have thicker hair, you might want to try a multi-pass technique. This is popular for men when shaving their facial hair, but works equally well for women. It means shaving with, then across, and then against the grain of the hair for a really close shave.
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When buying your razor, it’s always worth investing in some spare razor blades so you’re ready to change them over whenever your blades become dull. How often should you change the blades – it really depends on how often you shave.
Blades can last between 3 – 7 shaves (although this figure seems to be mostly based on men shaving heir faces, so ladies may need to change the blade more often, as the legs are a larger area than the face). If you happen to notice more skin irritation, you can feel the blade pulling on your hairs slightly or your shave becomes less effective, these are good indicators that it is time to change the blade.
It is a good idea to use a shaving soap or cream with your safety razor as it provides essential lubrication to protect your skin from irritation and reduce the risk of cuts.
Conventional shaving cream often comes in metal aerosol cans that end up in landfill or in plastic tubes and bottles, neither of which are good for the planet. Also the cream itself will contain ingredients including parabens, sodium laureth sulphate, fragrances and other foaming agents, all of which could leave your skin dry, irritated, and cause reactions & redness.
There are more environmentally friendly shaving soaps available now, containing non harmful ingredients that are better for you and the planet. We have Mutiny Shaving Soaps which are handmade using 100% natural ingredients, vegan friendly and come packaged in 100% recyclable paper.
You don’t have to apply shaving soap with a brush but it does help to produce an even lather. Also, the bristles help to exfoliate the hairs, lifting them from the surface of the skin to help ensure a closer shave.
If you do choose to use a shaving brush, just be aware that modern brushes tend to use animal hair, therefore they cannot be truly considered as cruelty free or vegan. It is best to look for one made with synthetic hairs instead. Also, you pay attention to the handle and choose one that is plastic free and made from wood instead. We have Mutiny Shaving Brush which is made from synthetic hairs and an oak wood handle.
Safety Razor Tips
- It is recommended that you start with your legs as the skin is less sensitive and the shape of your legs makes it easier to practice on whilst you get the hang of it. If possible, the first few times you shave you should try doing it in the bath as this will help to soften the hairs and it is easier to start shaving whilst you’re sitting down. Once you get to used to it there’s no reason why shouldn’t then be able to shave in the shower.
- When shaving around awkward areas like the knees or ankles there can be more chance of nicking the skin. It is best to use short strokes and take your time.
- The best time to shave is near the end of your bath or shower as the hot water helps to soften the hairs, making them easier to cut.
So the conclusion is that plastic free shaving is better for your skin, better for wallet ad better for the planet! So why not give it a try.