While water is an essential element to Wet Shaving, filling your sink with a bit of hot water is better than running the tap, or shaving in the shower.
Using a large bowl as a basin can further reduce the amount of water used , rather than filling a cold sink.
We installed a hot water circulating pump, and while it likely uses a bit more energy, we save in cold water running down the drain.
Ramshackle Solid featured a post about this awesome WWII-era Razor Sharpener
With many contemporary blades having exotic coatings, I am not sure how the sharpener would affect the performance? But from a consumption angle, this takes the cake. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…
A British ad from 1954 ads some additional perspective….could this be the same sharpener?
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson highlights the RetroRazor Weishi on KOMO-4 TV
Thanks Tom and Mary for the shout-out!
Here are the other products featured:
Beards have been part of humanity’s hairy history for decades, this tree of beardly bushiness is from Wondermark’s Beard Spotting Guide by David Malki!
Here is an orderable poster
Credit to BoingBoing
Here at RetroRazor, we are pretty low-key about politics, religion, and sex. Our grandparents told us never to discuss these topics at the dinner-table or with strangers, but we are passionate about Freedom, Civil Liberties and the Democratic Process!
Shaving is a choice, and what method you use is up to you: Safety Razor, Straight, Electric, or Cartridge. And for that matter, Waxing, Threading, Laser or…
Within the Safety Razor realm, there are dozens of blade options, and we really like the Dorco, Personna, and Derby lines – and that is why we sell them. It dawned on us that these are manufactured in Democratic countries and it made us shave with pride!
And then we realized that each borders on a profoundly un-Democratic Neighbor.
Shave with pride, knowing that you have the choice between wasteful cartridges and amazing safety razors … and have the choice on who represents us locally, nationally, and internationally – please vote this November!
We have examined Closer Cuts and the Double Digit Savings in Double Edge Shaving – these are all individual and personal benefits of Safety Razors.
How does double-edge shaving affect the surrounding world? There are definite ecological and environmental benefits!
Handle: The RetroRazor is constructed of a hefty copper alloy and chrome. It will last for years of service without becoming obsolete. When it does wear out, it can be fully recycled.
Disposable Razors are a travesty – with 98% of the Razor being plastic, and with the metal blade embedded, they are not practically recyclable.
Blades: The double edge blades used in Safety Razors are incredibly resource efficient – it is just a single strip of metal!
We used to recommend placing your blades in a ‘blade bank’ made of an empty tin can with a slot cut in the side, and then recycling the can when it gets full. Tom Watson, Eco-Consumer Columnist of the Seattle Times, recommends wrapping them well in paper and disposing with household garbage. ” I believe that could pose a risk for the people who process recyclables on a sorting line (at plants like this – http://www.wmnorthwest.com/cascaderecycling/profile.html). What if the blades fall out of the can, or people don’t do it the way you suggest? Those blades are such a small amount of waste (and are more efficient by being double-sided) that your razor is still a very green product…”
Cartridge blades are made of plastic, metal, rubber, and ‘lubricating strips’ – Recycle That!
Blade Packaging: Double Edge blades are typically wrapped in a small piece of waxed paper, and in a small plastic container. Sometimes, there will be a cardboard hangtag
Infuriating are the multiple layers of plastic casing and blister packing found with cartridges Razors.
Batteries found in the Fusion and the expensive Electric Razors are hazardous to the environment. 99% of the population do not separate their batteries from garbage, especially rechargeable batteries!
Save Money, Save the Environment
Think Globally, Shave Locally!
“Just what I always wanted: Shaving Scum!”
ReadyMade Magazine is one of my favorite sources for DIY zeitgiest.
They recently featured Double Edge Wet Shaving in the April/May Eco Issue.
ReadyMade is usually found at your local Whole Foods, PCC, Library. Not huge distribution, but when you find it, it is worth the purchase.
Fix a Project brought this fantastic post on Women and the Safety Razor:
Have I ever considered drag on my skin? Not really. But this shave tells me that I should have. The safety razor shave is so clean and comfortable, I never want to go back to crappy plastic blades. Have I cut myself? Nope, not once. (It’s called a safety razor.) Razor burn? No way. The delicate underarm and bikini regions? No prob if you take it slow. I’ve gotten rid of some perma-burn that I didn’t even know I had…it’s probably been plaguing my pits for the last 15 years!
It even piqued Lizzy’s hesitance on adopting the RetroRazor…
Click for more information on Double Edge Shaving for Women
The Art of Manliness brings us a fantastic post about Rediscovering the Barbershop:
“I don’t know why I stopped going to a barbershop. As a child, I went to a barbershop on the main street in my hometown. It was called “The Friendly Barbershop.” I remember being fascinated with all the barber stuff. What I remember most though, was the distinct manliness of the place. Even as a young child, I could sense that a barbershop was a cool hang out for men. Twenty years later, I’m rediscovering the barbershop. You should too.”
Great history of the Rise and Decline of the traditional barber, and wonderful descriptions of his shaving experience:
“Many barbershops still give traditional single blade razor shaves. You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the pleasures of a great shave at a barber. This past weekend, I went to a barber here in town to get a shave. I reclined in the plush old school barber chairs that had ash trays in the arm rests, a throw back to a time when people could smoke in public places. Then my shave commenced. The barber first wrapped a hot towel around my face. Next, the barber massaged in a lemon based cream to clean out my pores.
After that, several more hot towels were applied. By then, I was feeling nice and relaxed, on the verge of falling asleep relaxed. The barber then massaged in some cocoa butter to soften my beard. Next, the barber brushed a warm lather into my beard that smelled like man and not like that crappy artificial goo you buy in a can. The barber then took a piece of razor sharp metal and scraped my beard off for the closest, best shave I’ve ever had. Allowing another man to hold a razor to your neck is a good way to remind yourself that you’re alive.
To finish it all off, I got another hot towel wrapped on my face along with a final face massage with a soothing vanishing cream. When I stepped out of the shop, I felt like a new man, ready to take on the world.”
Fantastic work, Brett!