In the continuing theme of personal care products (because I’ve kind of got an obsession) let’s talk about razors. While this post is not expressly for fans of Battlestar Galactica, I am also open to talking about other kinds of razors.
Since starting this blog, I’ve been more conscious about how my choices as a consumer have an impact on the environment. For example, I had to buy some new razors the other day. I wouldn’t say it’s my “thing” to shave, but having tried multiple times to quit cold turkey, I’ve found the social pressures too great. So I shave every couple months, more in the summer, and try not to give myself too hard of a time about it.
The spendthrift in me always wants to buy the crappy disposable razors. But the environment-conscious lady in me decided that it’s time to buy a decent, reusable razor, even if I only use it a few times a year. I thought, “hey, surely buying a reusable razor will be a better choice for the environment, producing less waste and making Mother Gaia shed a single tear of pride and joy.” NOT THE CASE, AMIGOS.
I mean, can you believe all the packing on this crap? Each individual refill is wrapped with plastic and aluminum foil, not to mention the ridiculous plastic sheath the razor comes in, and the suction-cupped holder that you’re supposed to mount to the wall. I spent way more money on this razor in an attempt to do something good for the environment, but without any great success. It looks like not shaving at all might be the best choice environmentally, but it’s not that easy to put the razor down altogether.
So while we wait for a radical shift in social norms and practices, feel free to check out some other blogs for more discussion on shaving alternatives. Or drop a comment in the comments box! I love to talk razors… seriously, all kinds.