Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Green Choices Wednesday
Recently, I posted about eliminating disposable shaving products from my lifestyle. I researched razor options, and I've decided to purchase a safety razor. This will eliminate throwaway plastic disposable razors. The used blades will go into my metal recycling bin. I haven't yet made a razor purchase, because I still have disposable razors from a multi-razor package, and I will shave with them until they are all used. Discarding them would not accomplish anything. The resources from which they were made have already been consumed, and there is no bringing them back. And if there's one thing I dislike more than non-recyclable items, it's waste.
The other decision I made was to discontinue using shaving foam in disposable cans.This week, my can of foam was low, and I told my wife I wanted to pick up a shaving brush and shaving soap. Yesterday, she went to store and brought me a shaving brush and some inexpensive, drugstore-variety shaving soap to try.
I still have a little in my last can of foam which I will use up, but first I decided to try the brush and soap. On first trial, I was very pleased with the result. The soap gave me a better shave with my disposable razor than canned foam. After shaving, my face felt smoother and softer than after shaving with foam. And this was from using the least expensive soap option I've seen, so using the specialty soap varieties should be even better!
I like that the soap just comes in a simple cardboard box that I can add to my paper recycling. Resources used to transport the soap should also be much less than shipping the equivalent of a much lower volume of lather in a heavy metal can. Water is a significant ingredient in canned foam. Anything that can be mixed in the home with tap water avoids shipping water, weighing 8 lbs./gallon, wasting fuel and generating pollutants. A home mix also avoids shipping unneeded hydrocarbon propellants such as isobutane and isopentane, which are released into the air when the foam is dispensed.