Waste is a global problem. It begins as soon as we wake up and continues throughout our day and our future generations, sadly, are going to pay for it in a big way if something isn’t done today. Now. It’s time to make a change. We know change can be overwhelming, but even a tiny step at a time can end up making a big difference in the long run. So to get you started in the right direction, Pureman is sharing this easy but effective eco friendly way to change up your grooming routine!
Did you know that approximately 12 million tonnes of rubbish is finding its way into the ocean every year? Of that, 8 million tonnes of the waste in the ocean is plastic. Kind of terrifying, isn’t it? The statistics are enough to make you cry. If you don’t believe us do some casual reading over at Plastic Oceans. 2 billion razor blades get thrown out in America every year. Every. Year. Only in 1 country. Can you imagine how much rubbish is created from disposable razor blades all over the world? It’s hard to think about. These razors should only be used for a week or so a time before they need to be replaced due to dullness and of course for sanitary reasons.Taking a look at plastic, it’s easy to see how much waste we create from our grooming and hygiene products alone. From shampoo and conditioner bottles to toothbrushes and disposable razors, our morning rituals are rife with rubbish. But guess what? They don’t have to be. We know change takes time and it can be daunting, so we’re starting you off with one easy eco friendly change in your grooming routine.
If this isn’t enough to convince you (though we hope it is), think about the cost over your adult lifetime of having to replace these razors every week and a half or so! There is a fascinating article in the Australian Financial Review that discusses the insane multi-billion dollar market for men’s grooming and disposable razors and cartridges, and these bad boys make up a major part of it. It’s easy to see there are benefits to saying goodbye to this old shave regime outside of being kind to Mother Earth. So let’s talk safety razors and a good old fashioned blade bank to get you started on the path of helping future generations one step at a time!
Steel safety razors are an awesome way to give you a close and irritation free shave as well as saving you money in the long run. I mean, they’re pretty much made to last forever and if and when the time comes to replace it, steel is an infinitely recyclable material. We’re talking zero waste. How amazing is that? Pureman has a great selection of eco conscious safety razors to explore and we’re pretty darn sure giving one a try will make you feel good about yourself, inside and out. The Parker 64S Stainless Steel Safety Razor and Timor 1325K are two lovely, weighted options we have in our arsenal. Knowing that these will last for a long while, when it comes to recycling you only have to focus on the blades, not the razor itself. Check out these razor blade packs to get you started.
Razor blades can be replaced easily, though disposing of them takes a couple of (totally worthwhile) steps to do it safely and efficiently. They’re sharp and tiny. They can easily cut a sanitation worker that has to do any sorting and due to their size can get stuck in recycling machinery. But @zerowastewarbler has an incredible solution that we absolutely love! It’s called the blade bank. Basically, it’s an easy way to keep your blades in a safe, convenient place that is completely recyclable!
- Get a hold of a tin can. Preferably something that is liquid like broth so you can get that stuff outta there.
- Remove the label so all you have left is a clean/plain tin can.
- Create a slit in the top of the can, only large enough to slide old blades through it. You don’t want them coming back out!
- Empty the can contents. Give it a rinse and clean inside. Take the time to do it right, even with only the small slit.
- Use it to store those old blades! Once it is full (that’ll probably take a while, folks!) cover the slit with tape and write ‘steel’ on the side. Recycle that brilliant can!
So what are you waiting for? Start making a difference now!