1000 Flowers for the Planet - #573 Avoid Gel Shaving Cream
Some of the reasons for avoiding gel shaving cream may seem minor to many a man who prefers the convenience of the spray can, but if you want to do something to help the planet, this is definitely another small step with a big impact. Gels and foams contain preservatives and dyes, and some even contain menthol and/or benzocaine. None of these things are healthy for your skin, and as the skin also absorbs these chemicals into your body, they may well be affecting your health. Furthermore, the propellants of foams and gels are sometimes isobutane or propane, hence you are putting toxic gases in contact with your skin. Finally, the can itself is often tossed into landfill. Even if it’s not, it cannot be entirely recycled, so it still contributes to waste.
Change to the old fashioned way of foaming up with pure soap and a natural bristle brush, and make that the ‘new’ way of shaving. You will then avoid putting chemicals onto your skin and into the environment through the water system and you will create zero waste that would otherwise clog up the planet.