Special guest post by John Koontz.
In the quest to reduce our impact on landfills and environment, many men (and women) are forgoing the morning shave. However, some of us can’t rock the beard like Sean Connery and get away with it. So what’s a guy to do? Good news. There is a way to be environmentally conscious and still look dapper – traditional wet shaving. Let me illustrate by using the proverbial “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.”
REDUCE – Wet shaving products reduce your use of disposable materials and you will find yourself purchasing these items less frequently because they were designed to last. Unlike a cartridge razor you find in the drugstore, a quality double edge razor (like the Edwin Jagger DE89L or Merkur 34C) will last for decades, with only a simple metal blade to change. A straight razor, like one from Hart Steel (made in the USA, by the way) can be used for centuries. Take care of your shaving brush (Simpson Colonel) and it will last longer than most cars. Unlike shaving goop in a can, a hard soap will last at least 6 months of daily use. You can easily see the reliance on extraneous materials, like the plastic in a disposable razor handle, or metal can for shaving foam, will be drastically reduced.
REUSE – If these tools last so long, you may have guessed used items are easy to find. And you’d be correct. Razors are commonly found at online auctions, flea markets and antique stores. However, if you’re scared of the nasties from the previous unknown user, we understand. Buy a new razor and know that your kids can reuse it when you’re gone. Refills for soap bowls are available so the wood bowls can be used for years. The plastic containers for shaving cream are nice quality and can be used to store and organize small items, like screws in the garage.
RECYCLE – While the items that could be discarded are few, the ones that are can be recycled. From the daily shave itself, only the double edge blade is discarded about once a week. Being metal, it is easily recycled. Most packaging of wet shaving products is simple, often consisting of only a simple cardboard box or tissue paper. Again, easily recycled.
You’ll also find that wet shaving products have a focus on being healthier, cutting out many nasty chemicals and using more eco and face friendly ingredients (like products from The Gentlemen’s Refinery or Edwin Jagger). You probably already figured out that wet shaving products are far more economical. (Shhhhh! The cartridge razor companies don’t want you to know this.) And if all this wasn’t enough, most people that try wet shaving find it simply works better. Less razor burn, fewer ingrown hairs, smoother shave. You may even start to enjoy that morning chore.
Grandpa had it right a hundred years ago!