1000 Flowers for the Planet - #261 Buy an Electric Razor
This is an alternative to other ideas already suggested by the Flowers, which does come with a couple of negatives. An electric razor uses electricity (obviously) and this costs the planet in fossil fuels, compared with a metal safety razor that only uses human energy that can be fuelled by vegetables and is therefore sustainable. Electric razors can also cost a lot of money. But let’s concentrate on the positives: Your electric razor will last for many years if you look after it properly. The biggest benefit to the planet will be that you are not purchasing disposable, limited use plastic razors that are made from a finite resource and get tossed into landfill. Apparently over two billion disposable razors are purchased every year – just in the United States of America. Add to that figure all the other countries in the world that are selling disposable razors and you have a gigantic contribution to landfill every year from one small product. The figures are mind blowing. The great convenience of disposable products of today will be the massive inconvenience for the generations of tomorrow.
If you can’t cope with a metal safety razor, try an electric razor and keep plastic out of your life, and out of landfill. The blades can be replaced when necessary, or you can even learn how to sharpen them yourself by simply searching the Internet for the instructions. This will save you money as well.
Of course, you could always grow a beard.