Are plastic razors the new plastic straws?

If we’re going to seriously reduce the negative impact of plastic on our planet, it’s time to reevaluate our personal lifestyle choices and commit to more sustainable living.

Because grooming is part of our everyday beauty rituals, when it comes to our plastic footprint, there’s no easier place to start eco-improvements than in the bathroom.

Single-use plastic razors are one of the most environmentally damaging products. Just like plastic straws, billions of single-use plastic razors end up in landfills each year. One razor can take almost 500 years to decompose, and there’s a high risk of pollutants leaking into soil and water.

Current estimates show that at least 8 million pieces of plastic enter the ocean every single day. This is not only threatening the health and safety of marine life, but to human life.

A recent study found that people are digesting five grams of micro and nanoplastics every week. Microplastic particles have even been revealed in the placentas of unborn babies.

Are plastic razors the new plastic straws?

If we don’t decide to change now, then when?

Switch to sustainable women’s razor

Over 68%* of women in Australia still use plastic disposable razors. And while supermarket razors may seem like a cheap shaving option, their environmental impact is catastrophic.

When you consider that quality razor heads can last longer and give a much smoother shave, buying a premium reusable razor can be far more affordable than you may think.

Until recently, switching to a sustainable women’s razor has meant limited options. Not everyone likes a heavy-duty safety razor or handling razor blades.

There are razors made from recycled plastic and biodegradable materials, but recycling can cost consumers time and money. It's also important to read the small print and watch out for misleading information. For example, many wheat straw razors are only compostable when taken to a specialised industrial facility, which means they cannot be recycled in your home compost bin.

If you’re looking for an eco-razor, Make My Shave is one of the best sustainable razors for women.

This Australian small business is closing the gap between disposable and system razors with a reusable women’s shaver that’s chic, affordable and planet kind.

The razor itself doesn’t just provide a conveniently close shave; it comes with plenty of eco-friendly benefits.

Because the handle is made from zinc alloy, and comfy rubber grip, it’s designed to last for years.

To guarantee a greener shave, the 5-blade Superlube razor heads are fully recyclable. What’s extra unique about Make My Shave is that they don’t expect their customers to pay for used razor heads to be returned — they arrange the full recycling process, including giving customers a compostable mailer so they can return used razor heads for recycling in a way that’s convenient and free of charge.

Make My Shave is also committed to reforestation and growing homes for Australian wildlife. As part of their women’s razor subscription service, customers automatically plant a tree with every delivery they receive. So just by shaving, Aussie women can plant up to 12 trees a year. All planting is done via a partnership with One Tree Planted.

All packaging is simple and sustainable. The insert for the ladies razor handle and heads is made from FSC approved cardboard that’s 100% plastic free, home compostable, designed for a reduced carbon footprint and made in Australia. They also use eco-friendly stickers and soy-based ink from NoIssue. Even the address labels are made from recycled materials.

Sustainable womens razor Australia

When it comes to delivery of this sustainable women’s razor, customers can rest assured that not only is delivery to their door free, but it’s also Carbon Offset via Greenfleet Australia.

In addition to being an eco-friendly razor, Make My Shave is super chic looking. If you’re expecting something that looks like your boyfriend’s old razor or a stereotypical pink design, think again.

Because your razor is going to be with you for a very long time, the sleek mental design fits with every style of bathroom. So not only does your female razor look fabulous and leaves you with smooth skin, it also feels good knowing that your razor is far more considerate of the planet.

In general, being more aware of your consumption habits, and switching to more sustainable products, can make a big difference to our planet.

Make My Shave is revolutionising the beauty industry by taking sustainable shaving seriously. They may be a small business, but this young company is having a big impact on the way women across Australia shave.

Is it time to switch to a sustainable women’s razor? We think so.

Learn more about Make My Shave Starter Kit.


*Survey results from 175 women in Australia by Make My Shave. 

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