It’s Wednesday and again I feel stumped by this week’s challenge posed at Reduce Footprints. There are somethings in life that have few alternative choices but to buy disposable. What am I talking about? Razors. Yes, I was a hair dresser at one time and had a straight blade but they aren’t easy to find and I would rather not take a straight blade to my underarms, if you know what I mean.
This week, green your hair removal routine. If you can, simply don’t shave … that’s the most Eco-friendly option. If furry body parts aren’t your thing, consider body sugaring or use environmentally safe shaving equipment and non-toxic shaving lotion. Avoid disposable razors and lotions in canisters. Joanne’s recommended reading, which includes several tips, can be found HERE
. For a discussion on razors, check out my post entitled The “Best” Shave
I will admit I let my legs go often in the winter months, but my arms, not ready to try that. Trying something new such as not shaving armpits is as distracting to me as trying to wear a ring for the first time, or going without one worn for years.
I am thrifty with razors. I learned it young. In my home I wasn’t allowed to apply make-up, dry or curl my hair, or shave in the bathroom. You did what you had to in the bathroom and got out so as not to monopolize it. I learned to shave my legs and arms dry with just a simple razor. By dry shaving the blade isn’t getting wet and lasts longer.
Even young I had an aversion to waste. During my high school years I found a new product which was a razor with a disposable head. I loved it. The problem was that by the time I finally finished the original pack of 8 blades more than ten years had passed and the model had been discontinued.
I tried using an electric shaver but it didn’t get close enough and I was left with stubble as soon as I was finished shaving. So I returned to cheap disposable razors. I picked up a pack of 8 in 2005, I gave 2 away and still have the remaining 6. I am still using the very first razor from that pack for myself. I fear it is almost to the end of its lifetime, but 8 years on one razor is pretty good. I can thank my grandfather for his strict ways for teaching me how to make a razor last.
What have you tried to reduce tossing razors out?
Are you brave enough to give up shaving?