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I know I’ve said it before but zero waste is a journey. Once you decide that you want to live a more sustainable life it takes time to make the necessary changes to achieve that. Personally, I have found the best way to to do it is in stages. I focus on one area of our home and start making little switches.
My main focus this year had been on our bathroom waste. At the beginning of the year, I did a waste audit. Which essentially means recording everything that ends up in your bin and then researching more sustainable alternatives.
I’m really happy with the progress that I’ve made so far. Last week I even managed to get rid of all of our bathroom bins as we no longer need them! This made me feel great and that all of my trials and tests had been worth it.
The latest bathroom switch I’ve made is to a safety razor. I no longer have to buy those nasty plastic disposable razor.
The razor I chose was the *Merkur long handled 23C. I opted for this one as it was the one that Katy from Skip the Bag recommended. It is a long handled razor which means it’s easier to grip whilst shaving.
Safety razors aren’t cheap but if you look after it properly you won’t have to buy another one again. It was definitely a good investment. A decent safety razor will cost between £25-£45. It’s also worth doing a bit of research first before you buy to find out which type would suit you best.
The blades aren’t included so you will need to buy those separately. I found mine in Boots and they only cost a couple of pounds. If you look after your razor and dry it properly after every shave your blades will last for ages. Personally, I take mine apart after every shave, clean it off and let it dry.
How To Shave with a Safety Razor
Using a safety razor takes time and practise. The razor needs to be held at the correct angle to get a close shave. You need to maintain a 30-degree angle to your leg. The best way to get the right angle is to glide the razor over your leg and listen for the ‘shaving sound’.
Never push down with your razor! Safety razors are quite heavy so just use the weight of the razor itself. I found my first shave quite scary. I was paranoid that I was going to cut myself. It took me ages just to do one leg! However, now I have got used to it I’m much quicker.
Make sure you use some form of lubricant. Personally, I use my *Living Naturally soapnut bars. They work really well for shaving. I originally bought them for my hair but couldn’t get them to work for my hair type. Rather than waste them I now use them for shaving.
I know a lot of zero wasters either use soap or coconut oil. I have tried using coconut oil myself and it works really well. In the book, Zero Waste Home Bea suggests using soap. I find short strokes with the razor work best.
Why Switch to a Safety Razor
- Reduces your bathroom waste.
- You get a really close shave. Much better than when you use a plastic disposable one.
- They look great in your bathroom. Much more stylish than those tacky looking, brightly coloured plastic ones.
- Apparently, the single blade causes less irritation compared to the dual blade plastic ones.
- It’s cheaper than constantly buying disposables.
I can confidently say that this has been the easiest and most successful zero waste switch I’ve made so far. Would you consider switching to a safety razor?