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Shaving

Disposable razors and shaving cream packaged in plastic and contribute to our growing landfill. Finding alternatives is easier than you might think. 

What you can do

Choose to refuse disposable razors, plastic cartridge heads and shaving creams packed in plastic. 

How you can do it

More and more people are choosing to switch to safety razors, which are generally made of stainless steel and have replaceable blades. While they may be more expensive than disposable razors from the outset, in the long-run they can end up saving you money. 

Many companies now offer blade refills in card-board boxes, making it a great way to avoid single-use plastic entirely.

There are also companies who create shaving bars, sold in cardboard boxes, allowing people to create shaving foam without any plastic packaging. 

Taking the next steps

Many people take the next step by keeping all their used razor blades in a sealed container, such as a can or a blade safe from a specialist shaver shop, and taking them to a recycling location. The stainless steel blades are fully recyclable, but should not be placed in general recycling or waste bins because they are a sharp hazard. 

The impact

  • Disposable razors are difficult to recycle, so most end up in landfill. Reduce waste to landfill by switching to safety razors!
  • Switching to fully recyclable safety razor blades will reduce single use plastic.

More ideas

What others do

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To find plastic free ideas, take the Plastic Free July challenge

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