I am an avid listener and participant in The Minimalists podcast (they've read one of my tweets and played two of my voicemails; my claim to fame!).
The other day, while I was listening on my way to work, Joshua coined a phrase that I was really feeling.
He was discussing a zero-waste lifestyle, which is certainly a noble cause, however this can be a very intimidating phrase that would turn the average individual away and say, "there is no way I can accomplish that!"
Recoiling at a more sustainable lifestyle is not the reaction environmental advocates should aim for. So, what Joshua (yes, I will consider us to be on a first name basis) pointed out was that we should aim for a life with "much, much, much, less waste."
Isn't that much better?
Doesn't that make you breathe a sigh of relief? I know that I felt myself holding my breath at the mention of zero-waste, and then exhaling at that gorgeous concept of just less waste.
Because here's the thing...
Zero-waste sort of indicates perfectionism. It lends itself to this idea of never making any mistakes or ever using any toilet paper. That's plain scary.
It can seem extreme and unattainable.
However, if you approach each purchase you make with the idea of much, much, much, less waste, then instead of turning a blind eye to the issue of environmental waste and consumerism, you then find yourself thinking hmmm..
Will this end up in a landfill? Can I do better?
And the answer is almost always yes. You can do better and it's easier than you think.
For example, a while back I made a simple decision to switch from cotton balls to reusable, organic cotton pads for my twice-daily face washing routine.
It's not that cotton balls are the main source of landfill waste or anything, but it was a simple and easy change that led to less waste from me and also less waste for my wallet.
Also quick side-note, if you make any change of that nature, try switching to organic cotton products at least - the pesticides are ruining our land and ecosystem).
Reusable products are often cheaper in the long haul.
So, in the spirit of this being my Simple Monday, my tip for today is to switch to a reusable razor.
This may seem intimidating to some of you, but I promise it will give you the best shave of your life! That seems exaggerated, but let's look at some of the benefits of making this change:
- Small upfront investment ($20-$30)
- Price per shave goes way down (blades can last for about two weeks and can cost as low as $0.10 per blade)
- No need to every buy another handle with purchase of stainless steel safety razor (the one I purchased from Amazon)
- Less use of plastic with minimal, cardboard packaging
- Less use of plastic because the handle is stainless steel
- Less plastic in landfills because you no longer purchase crappy disposable razors that hardly last a couple shaves
Beauty and Health Benefits
Sharper blades mean a smoother and longer lasting shave
Less blades scraping across your skin means less razor burn and less ingrown hairs
So here's what I suggest:
Don't live your life blindly avoiding scary concepts like zero-waste and feeling like you can't make a difference.
You can make a difference.
Especially if you start small. Just start considering where those plastic bags are from, what they're made of, where they are going to go.
What happens with that water bottle if you just toss it away?
How many disposable razors are stacked up in a landfill somewhere?
What little changes can you make to have much, much, much, less waste?
Can you breathe a little easier now? If you have any questions about the concept of using a safety razor, please let me know! Send me an email or ask in the comments below.
And have a happy Monday!