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Switching to Recycled Razors

My Venus replacement blades have started breaking—always in the same place and always in a perfectly straight line. At first I thought it was a faulty pack, but when I got a new one, they did the same thing. Then I thought that it was because I was using an older model handle with newer blades, so I got a new handle. They still broke. And if I look closely at the base of the replacement cartridge, the plastic’s actually thinner there. Am I paranoid to think that Gillette is making it that way so we have to replace them more often? Is anyone else having the same problem?

It breaks right down the middle, every time.

So I’m writing Gillette off for good and switching to Preserve. Their products are made from recycled plastic, and through their Gimme 5 program they accept all #5 plastics for recycling, not just their own. (You can drop them off at participating Whole Foods or mail them in.) In this case, I think only the handle is recyclable, not the replacement blades, so it doesn’t cut down on as much waste as I originally thought, but I do like supporting responsible companies.

I’ve been using the Venus for years, so it’s taking a little while to get used to the new razor. The whole thing is as light as a disposable—presumably to use less plastic—and the head is smaller and has sharper corners. But it works just as well, and it’s nice not to start off the morning with resentment burning in the pit of my stomach.

I’ve looked into other ways of removing hair, and unless I’m prepared to use a straight razor or try sugar waxing (which I’m not), it looks like replacement blades are the way to go. The best thing to do is figure out how to make the blades last longer. I know I should dry them off between uses, but I’ve also heard of storing them in olive oil. Has anyone tried this? Does it work? What other methods do you use to make your blades last longer?


Comment from Sense of Home
Time June 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

I noticed the same thing about venus. When they first came out I could use the same blade for months and months, maybe changing it twice a year. I remember thinking, I bet the company changes the blades so they don’t last as long, otherwise how will they ever make any money. Well, I wish I would have stocked up when I first had that thought. After a couple of years I noticed I had to change the blade every couple months. They seem to be getting worse, despite the fact that I dry the blade off and store it in a drawer.

I’ll watch for the Preserve brand the next time I go shopping for blades.

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Time November 17, 2010 at 7:48 pm

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