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April 4, 2013
I am considering switching out my disposable razor with a metal safety razor (from Life Without Plastic) but I have some questions:
How do you dispose of the blades? I really don't want anyone handling the garbage to get cut!
Also is it hard to change the blades without getting cut?
My mom (im a teenager) doesn't really me to get one because the blades are so sharp and now I'm feeling pretty hesitant about it.
Where do you store them safely?
February 16, 2010
Hi. Changing the blades is easy. Just hold the blades on the blunt sides, not the sharp sides. By the way, when I was a teenager, the first razor I used was my dad's double-edge metal safety razor. :-)
As far as recycling, you would need to call your local recycling center, but usually, as long as the blades are in a closed container, they can be recycled. Check out these instructions for making a metal blade bank out of a metal broth can:
I wouldn't paint it. Just leave the metal plain and you could tape the slot once it's full and most likely put it in your recycling bin with other metals. But do check first.
I use an old Altoids tin to store my old blades.
I got a can of soup broth, punched holes in it, poured out the broth, washed it as best I could, then cut a slit in the top big enough for the blade to fit through, but not big enough for them to come out (more kid-friendly that way). Recycle the whole thing when full - I switched to DE safety a couple years back, and am still on the same can. Otherwise, look for a recyclable piggy bank or something similar.
Also, I was totally freaked out when I was contemplating getting one - I was SURE I'd cut myself horribly. It's actually not that different from a regular razor, you just have to slow down and take your time instead of speed-shaving. I get less nicks, and those are generally when I catch myself trying to rush. The only time I've ever required a bandage in relation to the razor blades is the one time I tried spinning the head instead of the handle, and my thumb skidded off and caught the blade. No stitches required, though.
Has anyone found safety razor blades NOT coated in Teflon (they don't all say it outright) and shipped in or packaged in plastic? Two eBay sellers say they have to ship them in plastic for "safety".
I'm stumped and I've got to shave soon! If not safety razors there's good quality electric or straight razors (not apealing).
February 16, 2010
Melissa, I did a quick search and no one seems to agree. Some say the Personna reds (the ones I use that are made in Israel) do not have it. But I don't know if that's for sure. The seller I used sold the blades in a little cardboard box with just a bit of tape holding it closed. Maybe check other sellers?
You can't recycle razor blades, they have to be thrown in the trash, properly wrapped or in your tin can or sharps container or whatever. I wouldn't store old blades in a ceramic container because those could break and then your blades are out in the trash without a cover on them, which is dangerous for animals and sanitation workers. If you're going to store multiple blades inside a canister of some kind for your household trash, the outside of the can or container should clearly say "razor blades" on it and any holes or openings should be securely taped over.
Anybody using a sharps container can take their razor blades to most any pharmacy, they are dealing with hazardous waste all the time. I never tried returning a soup can full of blades to a pharmacy.
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