To shave or not to shave? The debate is real! From long winters with hairy legs to shaving only the parts the world sees, what to do, what to do? My husband and I have been on a journey of minimalism for the last few years. Our love for the earth and passion to keep it alive along with the freedom of living an uncluttered life has had us exam every aspect of our life. We strive to live a conscious live especially when it comes to sustainability and consumerism. And while we are not perfect, we’re trying. Little changes can make a big difference.
So when I told my husband I wanted to find a alternative solution to waxing and using disposable razors he asked me something that took me by surprise. He asked, “Why do you shave, anyway?” I was SHOOK! You know, I always thought that guys thought hair on girls was gross. And maybe some do, but husband explained to me that he didn’t care about it. It made no difference to him if I had hairy legs and armpits. He still found me beautiful. I truly was shocked. The only man I want to impress with my body found it beautiful in its natural form. This understanding was liberating! Liberating! I no longer felt the pressure to shave.
However, I love the feeling of my legs when they are freshly shaven. And let’s be real, armpits become itchy when the hair gets too long. Well, at least, that’s the case for me. So I decided if I was going to keep on shaving it was for me. So I started to research alternative shaving options other than what I was using. I came across two options I was looking at that were plastic free. A reusable bamboo razor and a stainless steel razor. I liked both options and they were about the same price. I was concerned about the bamboo razor needing oiled or wearing down. So I decided to go with the stainless steel one. And I LOVE IT! I keep it in my tub area and it has not rusted and all I have to do is replace the razor blade when needed. However, I have used it for about 2 months now and have not needed to change the blade. Also, my came with 6 blades and blade packs are only about a dollar. Now, the downside, I suggest buying one with a rubber grip because the metal gets super slippery and hard to use without one. I will be buying one soon! The razor was super cheap. I bought mine on Amazon for about ten or eleven dollars. I shop prime so shipping was free. Now, this razor should last a lifetime. And the 6 inserts should last a whole year.
Wow! That means I only spent about 10 bucks for a whole year of shaving! A whole year! Imagine the difference it makes in our landfills from transitioning from packs of disposables to one metal razor with limited razor insert waste. Let’s remember metal is better for the environment than plastic (depending on the metal) because it usually has a faster decomposition rate and the chemicals are more organic in nature than plastic waste. Also, think of all the money you’re saving!
So in conclusion…shave if you want. Don’t if you want. And if you do shave, how about thinking about switching to a metal razor to save money and promote a healthy earth? Remember, you make a difference and you’re choices make the product of your life and the lives of others.
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