For most guys, good grooming habits are a necessity. Unless you’re a lumberjack or a world champion beard grower, shaving face is saving face during the 9-to-5 work week. But even though you may be condemned to drag a razor across your mug on a daily basis, your shaving ritual doesn’t have to be painful for yourself or the environment. Quick-to-dull disposable razors and chemical-laden facial products are abrasive affronts to freshly shorn skin, and they’re equally unhealthy for the environment at large. Read on for five eco-friendly men’s grooming supplies that take care of your body and the planet.
USE A STRAIGHT RAZOR
Cheap, disposable safety razors are a bane upon our landfills and a pain to use after a few shaves. On the other hand, there’s nothing classier (or more eco-friendly) than an old-school straight-razor shave. Straight razors require a bit more of an investment up front and take some skill to master, but the rewards you reap are manifold—you could use the same razor for your entire life and look damn cool doing so.
Straight razors are also great examples of heirloom design. If properly stropped, oiled, and stored, a razor makes a great gift to pass on to the next generation. On that note, keep an eye out for high-quality vintage razors.
Whether you’re a jet-setting business traveler or a mountain man who doesn’t shy away from a 5-‘o-clock shadow, solar shavers are perfect for keeping your beard in check when you’re off the grid. Simply set this Solar Shaver out in the sun to charge and it will cut through scruff in a flash. Although electric razors require more resources and maintenance than straight razors, they tend to last much longer than disposable ones.
KEEP IT SHARP
Standard disposable razor blades only last a scant two weeks before they start ripping out hair by the roots. Enter the RazorPit, an ingenious blade-sharpener and -cleaner that can extend the life of your razor blades up to 150 shaves. Similar to a strop, the RazorPit is designed to clean and hone the edge of your razor cartridges after each use.
SUDS UP SUSTAINABLY
Most woodsy soaps scream hazy patchouli drum circle, but not this one. Wild-crafted from tree trimmings sustainably sourced in the Pacific Northwest, Juniper Ridge’s Siskiyou Cedar soap exudes a bright and clean cedar scent, balanced by a burst of lemony freshness.
Plus, each bar is packaged in a 100 percent recycled, compostable chipboard box, and all five of its ingredients are 100 percent organic. At a time when the urban woodsman has ceased to be an oxymoron, there’s something to be said for a sustainably crafted soap with a modern woodsy scent.
OPT FOR ORGANIC
Any way you cut it, running a razor against your face is a destructive act. So after you’ve finished shaving, take a few steps to soothe your tender skin. Origins has launched a full line of facial care products made with 80 to 90 percent organic ingredients. Two of our favorites are the Nourishing Face Lotion and Foaming Face Wash, both of which feature hints of clove, rose, lavender, patchouli, and red thyme.
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TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIT
This one’s a no-brainer. Take care of your shaving supplies and they’ll last much longer. Sharpen your razor after each use with a strop (straight), a razor pit (safety), or you can even hone a razor on the back of your arm. To coax even better performance out of your blades, be sure to wipe your razor dry after you shave. This reduces oxidation as the metal dries, keeping your sharps sharper longer.
TURN OFF THE TAP
Shaving during a hot shower may seem like a great idea, but consider turning off the water or filling a small basin instead. The majority of the time spent shaving does not require running water.
SHAVE LESS OFTEN
A little bit of stubble isn’t always a bad thing. Depending on the tenacity of your beard, you might try skipping a day or two in your routine to save on water, shaving products, and razor wear.