For many men, a daily shave is part of their routine. It’s something they hardly think about and that includes not considering what effect this routine has on the well-being of the planet. But it does have a big effect and is causing problems that are growing and long-lasting. Read More
It’s estimated that two billion razors are thrown away in the U.S. every year and, although the numbers will be less in Australia due to the smaller population, they’re no less concerning. For most razors, whether disposable or not, recycling is not an option and so the majority go to landfill.
There is a move away from single use items for environmental reasons and that applies equally to disposable razors. These tend to be cheap models that are used only a few times before the whole unit is thrown away. Because they are cheap, these razors are often low quality and don’t give a very good shave.
The problem from an environmental point of view is that these razors are made largely of plastic, only the blades being metal, and so can’t be recycled. They tend to be disposed of in general waste, end up in landfill and then don’t decompose, remaining a problem to the environment for many years. And the problem is made worse because they are short-life items and so there are many that are thrown away.
For most modern, non-disposable razors, the situation isn’t much better. Although the whole unit isn’t thrown away when the blades lose sharpness, the razors still contain a large proportion of plastic. The main body and handle of the razor may be a combination of metal, rubber and plastic but the disposable cassette that houses the blades is mainly plastic.
Those cassettes tend to be provided in a plastic container and the razor itself has a plastic mount when not in use. So the whole thing adds to the problem of increasing plastic pollution in the world, particularly the blades and containers that are thrown away frequently.
Razors of all types tend to have some sort of plastic packaging. Additionally, many have some kind of harmful element in their construction and may clock up considerable air miles to get to you.
Safety razors started in the 1880s and are generally viewed as old-fashioned. However, they have been considerably updated since then and offer great benefits, especially to the environment-conscious user.
A safety razor has one double-edged blade rather than the multiple blades common on modern razors. This gives a closer shave because traditional razors tend to have sharper blades that are angled better, avoiding irritation and in-growing hairs.
From an environmental point of view, our safety razors are all metal and there’s no plastic involved in the construction of the product or its packaging. The blades are easily replaced and, because they’re all metal, can be recycled. And, since our safety razor is made in Australia, the number of air miles is considerably reduced.
Our safety razors are built to last and will serve you well for many years. You only have to change the blades occasionally because they will stay sharp for longer than multi-blade systems. So you have to buy replacement blades less frequently and they’re relatively cheap, saving money in the long-term. It is, therefore, not a choice between saving the planet and saving money because you can do both.
Using clean lines and simple functionality, Kappi offers a range of lifestyle products; from cotton, eco & vegetable bags to reusable coffee cups & safety razors that look good, feel good, and most importantly, do good.Read Less
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