This is an example of what our bathroom looks like. Yup, you can see we have a little hoarding problem. Each of the three of us have at least 2 to 3 razors on the go.
I think we’re all too guilt-ridden to throw them in our bins. As long as they stay in the shower, we remain blissfully guilt-free and can ignore the fact that we have been partaking in such a disposable cultural monstrosity. I haven’t thrown a razor out in 6 months, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been using them.
Maybe we’re scared that we’ll run out, so we don’t want to be throwing potentially useful things in the garbage. What is considered a dull blade now, may be the sharpest one on hand in another 8 weeks. After all, we’re only half way through our year. I have to ration my razors.
Grant is actually officially out of blades. He is just rotating the same 6 heads over and over, pretending they’re new.
If this were simply a waste-free project, I would probably buy one of those old-fashioned safety razors with the changeable blades. My Grandpa used to have one, and I distinctly remember putting pieces of cardboard in it and pretending to shave my face. They seem easy enough, and from what I’ve read they are waste-free and cost effective.
But, the Clean Bin Project being what it is, we can’t buy anything. . . . so we’re into rationing.
Sometimes I think this whole hairless thing we have going on in our Western culture is a bit silly. Women shave their legs but not men? Who came up with this?
This may be too much detail for some of you, but I’ve given up on my legs for the winter. Seriously, if I want to have baby smooth skin come the summer, I need to save my last few blades until the sun comes out. True, my leg hair looks ridiculous sticking through my nylons, but I’m willing to opt for pants for a few months. No one needs to know what is growing under my long johns, except Grant, and my legs are nothing compared to his!
And lest we forget the underarms, I tried the hairy armpit route back in my treeplanting days, but it just wasn’t for me. I think it’s better to shave under there, and save water because I don’t have to shower as much.
So waste-freers. What do you do? Do you use a sexy straight blade? Or a safety razor? Do you go for the interchangable head or buy the Preserve razors where they actually pay your postage to mail your used razors back for proper recycling? Do you wax or trim electric? Heck, maybe you forgo the smooth style altogether and ditch the blade.
What’s the most eco method? Or is it a balance between the environment and fashionable preference?