April 22, 2011
It’s Earth Day.
Let’s celebrate with an eco-friendly shave session that will make the planet blush with pride.
The gear: two-blade razor kept super sharp with regular application of blade oil.
The eco-benefit: Consistently sharp razor equals a longer blade life, which equals less dull blades dumped in the garbage/landfill.
The product: shave oil or cream made from natural and organic ingredients. Think sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, tangerine peel oil, shea butter …
The eco-benefit: naturally derived ingredients are better for you, sure, but they’re also better for the planet. Every personal care product we use eventually goes down the drain and moves into the earth and our water supply.
Extra eco points:
** turn off the tap while shaving and save gallons and gallons of a most useful resource. Running water will not help you navigate around a blemish or sculpt your sideburns. Trust me. It won’t.
** choose shaving products housed in minimal packaging (read: skip the bulky aluminum can) and look for those that can be easily recycled.
November 16, 2010
Ever read something that causes you to jump out of your chair and shout, “yeah!” at the top of your lungs?
The source of today’s cheer is “The Shaving Racket — How Are Gillette and Schick Getting Away with Ripoff Razors?” by Scott Thill.
Check this (I dare you not to respond with a hearty “wooohooo!!”):
“The official unemployment rate has held over 9.5 percent for over a year, and those are the baked numbers. Real unemployment numbers are higher. Consumers are having to pull back on the goods they used to gobble like pills. Five-blade razors with colored plastic grips, sold separately (and some argue exorbitantly) from replacement razors, suddenly seem like surrealism. But it’s more like consumption stripped of marketing: You use a razor to shave things. It’s not rocketry. You just unplugged from the matrix, which demands dumb hyperconsumption.”
I want to take Scott Thill to lunch. I want to shower his home in Blade Oil — proven to slow the effects of oxidation and extend blade life by up to 95%. I want to tell him that, yes, yes, yes, men (and women) everywhere can free themselves from the grip of the overpriced, multi-blade hype.