After assessing women’s impact due to menstrual products, it is time to have a look at another big issue: shaving.
It can be disputed who spends more time shaving, men or women. To keep the balance to the last post, I will concentrate on men here.
In the world of shaving there is a lot of room for greening. We can spot the problems quite quickly:
– Disposable razor blades create a lot of waste
In the US only “2 billion disposable razors are purchased annually”. A simple way of improving is found quickly: if you must use disposable razor blades, use them as many times as possible. Better would be moving from disposable to solid ones with replaceable heads.
– Electric razors consume energy
Besides, they are also known to be short living (planned obsolescence!). There is neverthless an eco-friendly alternative which does not waste energy nor has to be replaced all the time: Straight Razors.
– Shaving creams and gels have bad impact on the environment
“Most traditional shaving products are full of chemicals that most people would think twice about dumping down the drain, let alone rubbing into their skin.” So look out for natural shaving soap – it’s a good alternative. If you want to use tallow soap opt for “soaps where the tallow was produced without harming animals, such as the wool fat extracted from sheep wool shearing.”
– Shaving brushes are made out of animal hair
Most shaving “brushes are made from the hair of badgers that have been killed as vermin, mainly in China.” If you must use a shaving brush, you can opt for a synthetic/vegan alternative (an example).
Did I forget anything crucial? Help me out.
You find all of this complicated? Actually it is much simpler. Dear men: the greenest way is to just let your beard grow.
Picture courtesy by svenreed, thank you!