Take a look at the products in your bathroom. What do you see? Most likely shampoo & conditioner, soap, face wash, a toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, Q-tips... basically a lot of disposable, single-use, wasteful products.
When I first started transitioning to more eco-friendly products, I thought about the things I used the most. Becoming zero waste doesn't happen overnight, so in order to tackle these problems I concentrated on one thing at a time. One of the first things I focused on was my bathroom, and yeah, I had a lot of work to do.
But today we'll talk about razors, because they're one of the most wasteful bathroom products on the planet!
In the US, over 2 billion razors are created and disposed of each year. Which means 2 billion plastic razors are thrown into landfills and are not being recycled. Let's not forget the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the ocean. *I can recycle my razors?* Not really. Technically, the metal blade is recyclable, but the rest of the razor, not so much. C'mon, most of us won't take the time to separate the blade to recycle – it's easier to just toss it in the trash.
Let's not be those people. Every product you buy has an environmental impact, and it's up to us (the consumers) to decide how we are going to spend our dollars.
So, what was the best option for me?
After holding on to my plastic razor for as long as it could last, it was time to say goodbye and make the switch to a reusable, stainless steel safety razor. WARNING: they look scary at first, and yes, I was so terrified, and I must confess that the first time I used it I cut myself...deep.
BUT, there's hope. Like everything else, things get better with time and I was shaving without any fear after I got comfortable with it. Albatross was my brand of choice because they care about our oceans and the rest of the environment, and want to stop single-use plastic razors from polluting our planet! :)
Why I love Albatross and why it's a money saver
Not only is my safety razor so badass looking, it also leaves my skin (legs and armpits) feeling SO smooth. Oh, and for those of you wondering if you can shave, you know, down there, YES. YOU CAN. Now that that's out of the way, let's talk about the money I'm saving by using a reusable safety razor.
Think about the amount of money you spend on a new razor each time you buy it (keep in mind that razors marketed to men are less expensive and women's razors are more pricey).
Regardless, razors can be expensive if you're buying new ones every other month. You might even end up going the cheap route and buying really shitty ones that come with 10 razors, AKA more trash for the planet (I've totally been there).
The Albatross safety razor costs $19.99 which basically pays for itself after a few months! It comes completely plastic-free with a free set of reusable blades (which you can send back for them to recycle when you're done and replace for $0.15). Oh yeah, and the product is marketed to both women and men EQUALLY. Bam.
Basically, it feels so good to know that every time I shave I'm not harming the environment in the long run.
So do you think you can make the switch? I think you totally can.
If you have any questions about the safety razor, reach out to me! This is why I'm here. :)