The Environmental Protection Agency once estimated that 2 billion plastic razors and refill blades get tossed out in the U.S. each year. 2 billion...in 1990. Since calculating this heart breaking reality, the EPA has not tracked the impact of disposable razors on the environment — leaving us with no update on this number.
Do you think that number has decreased almost 30 years later? Or is it more? Plus, how much of it do you think gets dumped into the ocean?
The Bad News
Disposable razors are simply bad news not only for the state of your skin, but also for our beloved planet. The amount of plastic discarded by using disposable cartridges is truly mind-boggling. Nearly one million pounds of plastic waste to be exact.
On top of that, add the amount of blade refills needed and consumed on a daily basis. Each and every one of these end up in a land fill, along with the billions of plastic razors discarded. This is why we designed our Single Edge out of solid metal construction.
The Good News
Stainless steel is one of the most sustainable materials on planet earth. When developing products, we search for only the best materials available on the planet and for the planet. Why? Because it matters.
Some fun facts about stainless steel: It is harmless to people during use as well as production. It has a natural coat to avoid rust and corrosion, ensuring a long life, and it is even estimated that about 80% of stainless steel is recycled at the end of their life cycle. Last, but not least, stainless steel not only minimizes waste, but also our emission footprint.
What about your blade refills?
With our unique injector blade pack, you won't have to worry about any sharp objects lying in your trash unattended, waiting for an unsuspecting toddler or pet to find. Our blade pack comes with an opening for used blades to be stored until you've finished your entire pack of blades.
Once you get through all of your blade, just throw the entire blade pack with the stored, used blades into the recycling bin. Safe. Secure. And most importantly, better for the environment.
If it isn't obvious, we believe the Single Edge gives the best shave out there for your face - and our planet. That being said, our hope is you consider the impact your daily rituals have on the environment. Whether you are a Single Edge user or loyal to another razor, consider taking advantage of recycling programs offered to reduce plastic waste from shaving.