This is more about maintenance than construction. It’s a little on the personal side, too. But this post speaks to the heart of sustainability — in my opinion, as my spouse always demands I add on to my statements.
This post is about “The Razor Saver,” which has saved me money and helped me put less non-recyclable plastic into the landfill. And it works great!
I am not selling these things, and have no arrangement or communication with the manufacturerer of this little doodad other than I bought one out of frustration about a year ago, and have been very pleased ever since. Thought I should share the info.
Found out about the thing from one of my favorite websites, treehugger.com.
And the Wall Street Journal recently posted this interesting article about shaving wars. Though I don’t know how they missed the Razor Saver.
Anyway, like most of the guys in the WSJ article, I was not liking how expensive and ungreen it is to shave. I tried fancy electrics, but they require you to buy expensive accessory stuff on a regular basis, which is how they make $$. Then the rotary blades would dull, with no way to sharpen. So — very nice for a year or so, then one more unusable thing for the landfill.
The blue plastic disposable razors gave me a good shave the first time — fair the second time — and take your chances the third. After that, it’s like “Weasels ripped my flesh,” if you recall that old Frank Zappa album. The only problem with the disposables, is that I like to recycle. I contacted the manufacturer to ask if the their blue plastic shavers are recyclable — NO, was the response.
I did find some earth-friendly allegedly recyclable plastic disposable razors — first shave with those was like the 4th shave with the blues.
Then I found The Razor Saver on treehugger. Gambled 12 bucks.
The thing turned out to be a little plastic case holding a strip of mirror glass on the bottom. On the top is a slot, so you can insert the disposable razor, and drag the blades back and forth along the mirror, while letting water run on the glass. Do this 10 times, and the used razor is sharpened back to 1st shave quality.
I’d saved a bunch of old blue plastic razors that had each gotten 3 shaves. Was thinking of just sending them back to their maker, and let them deal with the things. When the Razor Saver arrived, I tried it out — and it worked perfectly. I used that one old razor, sharpening it each time beofre shaving, for MONTHS before it finally got to what used to be “2nd shave” quality.
It’s been over a year now. I’ve gone through maybe three or four of those old blue disposables I’d saved up. Previously, I’d be doing great if I was limited to a dozen a month. And I haven’t BOUGHT a razor since the Razor Saver arrived. I’ve forgotten what they cost — $7.99 for 10 maybe? Something like that? Now the money gets spent on beer.
If the maker of those blue disposables had a recycling plan — send them back to us we’ll use them to make new ones –I would have looked no further, and would have been happy to pay the postage to send batches of razors back. They haven’t lost me as a customer, but my purchases from them, instead of being monthly, will now be every few years.
I told my friend Jamie, who is very handy and practical, about the Razor Saver. Jamie wondered if he could get the same sharpening effect by dragging the razor across his bathroom mirror. He reported some success with that technique. I’ve been meaning to try it myself, just to satisfy my curiosity, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Meanwhile, my current crop of old razors should last me till about 2015. Alas, they’ll still go into the landfill, but at a much reduced rate. Instead of a dozen a month, it would be maybe one every three months.