Sharp Skills: How to Get a Perfect, Plastic-Free Shave

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When you are transitioning to an Eco-friendly life, it’s nice if you can also look good, you know? Along my descent into hippie madness, I have realized that if you take the time to investigate, Eco-friendly choices can often be more aesthetically pleasing than their conventional counterparts.

This is one of those times.

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Safety razor. Image courtesy of Martin Kornum Olsen.

Dudes, the time has come to break up with your razors. Say goodbye to those ridiculous eight-bladed monstrosities. Say goodbye to their cheap plastic handles and replacement cartridges that are more expensive than your last dinner date. There is a classier, more Eco-friendly, vintage-sexy option out there!

The old-school double-edged razor is the perfect, plastic-free way to get a perfect shave and if the indisputable eco-friendliness of it doesn’t convince you, your ego just might just tip you over the edge.

First the facts: According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 2 Billion disposable razors are thrown out every year. Ditching the disposable razors — or even the razors with disposable plastic blade cartridges — means a massive reduction in the amount of waste generated by your household.

There is absolutely zero plastic involved in one of these stainless-steel beauties — Metal razor, metal razor blades, cardboard packaging for both…how can you go wrong? And I mean, the fact that a package of ten replacement blades will run you less than a fancy coffee is just icing on the cake at this point.

Okay, so you’re convinced that Mother Nature will like this option better. But what if I told you that the ladies will too?

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Image courtesy of Michael W. May.

You can ask around, but I’m pretty sure it’s not just me that thinks there’s something inherently attractive and masculine about this old-school razor situation, especially if you pair it with mug soap and a badger-hair brush. It speaks to a refinement, a character and a permanence, somehow. It’s basically the grooming equivalent of whisky on the rocks. Quietly strong and self-assured. Oomph.

But wait! Ladies, don’t think that just because I’ve spend the past few minutes waxing poetic about the masculinity of these razors (pretty sure Gosling uses one of these bad boys, just saying) that you’re excluded from the Eco-friendly fun!

Please, name one reason why we gals can’t join in on this sustainable-shave club? Just because it’s not pink? Phhht, enough of that nonsense. This sleek stainless steel razor is the perfect simple accessory to your overcluttered shower stall, and I can promise you my legs have never felt smoother.

Basically what I’m trying to say here is that there is no downside! Financially, environmentally, aesthetically — this razor wins at life. Go ahead and try one — I’ll let you know where to send the thank-you notes.

Feature image courtesy of Matt Thompson

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Madeleine Somerville

Madeleine Somerville is the author of All You Need Is Less: An Eco-Friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Green Living and Stress-Free Simplicity. She is a writer, wannabe hippie and lover of soft cheeses. She lives in Edmonton, Canada, with her daughter. You can also find Madeleine at her blog, Sweet Madeleine.