Switching from a disposable razor to a stainless steel razor
Switching from a disposable razor to a stainless steel razor was the last bastion in my bathroom when it came to making it zero waste and eco-friendly. I’ve got eco-friendly periods down, make my own toothpaste and mouthwash, I use unpackaged soaps and clean the place with homemade recipes.
Using a stainless steel razor was one I’d put off because of the horror stories that are floating around the internet of rivers of blood (ok, maybe trickles) that come from the inevitable nicks and cuts of shaving ‘the proper way.’
I don’t think inevitable is a fair word though. Like most things that are worth doing, learning to shave with a stainless steel razor just takes time - there is somewhat of an art to it. I’ll save the how-to’s for another day though, here’s why I think switching from a disposable razor to a stainless steel razor is a good idea in the first place:
Reduce your plastic waste
The term ‘disposable razor’ makes me mad. It gives a convenient illusion that you can get rid of your razor every few months without a thought and without impact. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Research from a few years ago in the US, proclaimed that 2 billion disposable razors end up in landfill every year and, bar the metal blade (which is near impossible to take out anyway), none of the materials that make up the average razor are recyclable. The result is that these things will be sitting in landfill for hundreds of years. That’s without us even giving a nod to the plastic wrapping and plastic blade guard you’ve had to dispose of before you’ve even run the bath or the razor up your legs.
It takes time
Ok, this might not sound like a good thing but what I’ve found since switching from a disposable razor to a stainless razor is that I spend more quality, self-care time on myself. I know we’re busy, and the temptation to be able to whip a razor up and down your bod within a few minutes is tempting, but imagine running a proper bath, bubbles and all, and really enjoying the extra time that it takes to use a stainless steel razor. Things taking more time doesn’t have to be bad.
You’ll save money
Did you know that disposable razors are one of the most marked up items on the market? Yep. A few years ago the industry went under investigation by the Office of Fair Trading because of their mark up of nearly 5000%. That’s outrageous and it makes me mad. Of course we always feel like we are getting a good deal when a pack of razors costs you under a fiver, but a stainless steel razor will cost you maybe £20 and could last you a lifetime. Literally. All you need are new blades, which’ll cost you a couple of pounds for ten, come in a little cardboard box and are recyclable at your local centre. Not only that, but us lovely ladies of course pay a pink tax for the privilege of having razors made just for us in every shade of pink…
It’s a better shave
All of this hinges on the belief that hairless skin is better than it’s opposite. Of course, it’s a personal choice, and if you are all natural - more power to you. If however you like the feeling a a clean shave then a stainless steel razor makes more sense than its disposable counterpart. You get a closer shave with a stainless steel razor, which means you can enjoy that smooth feeling that bit longer.
What do you think? Lot’s of people are a bit nervous (ref. aforementioned cuts stories) but I can honestly say that this has not been my experience. What my experience has been is a reduction in my personal waste, the enjoyment of using an item that is pure quality, reduced regular outgoings and a better shave.
Give it a go. You won’t regret it. I bought mine from Labour and Wait, and love it, but there are a whole host to choose from out there.