RetroRazor: A Greener and Cheaper Way to Shave
In the midst of the high tech and expensive multi-blade razors is RetroRazor, a small Seattle-based company offering a decidedly low-tech, simple, and green solution to an everyday ritual.
RetroRazor offers modern versions of the old safety razors that lived for decades in nearly every bathroom medicine cabinet or drawer in America before the advent of the plastic disposable razor.
"The RetroRazor handle will last for years, and replacement blades cost at least 90 percent less than cartridges. Blades will run most users between 15 and 75 cents per week. Safety razor blades have very little packaging or materials, almost 97% less waste!" - Chadd Bennett, RetroRazor founder and Chief Lathering Officer
"Change is coming to America, and people are adjusting their daily habits," Bennett added. "We're becoming cost conscious and sensitive to the environment. Safety razors are one small step that can make a difference in our pocketbook and ecological footprint - and give a much better shave."
Through two world wars, cultural revolutions, and moon landings, safety razors have provided amazing shaves for millions of men and women. And today, 50 percent of the world continues to use them, spending mere dollars per year for a close shave.
Bennett was working as a tour guide for Rick Steves in Italy, when he discovered the simplicity and effectiveness of a safety razor.
"I was in a small remote village and realized I was out of blades and badly in need a shave," he recalled. "Staying in a friend's home, I found a safety razor and blades in the medicine cabinet. I decided to see if it would work."
He loved it - and so did his friends when he purchased a couple of safety razors online and encouraged them to try one.
He admits a retro shave may not be for everyone. "But for those who want to save some money and show some kindness to the environment without sacrificing the quality of their shave, the new-again, old -fashioned safety razor might be just the thing," he said.
Check out the RetroRazor Weishi Double Edge Safety Razor Starter Kit (plus 15 Blade Sampler Bonus) or the RetroRazor Weishi Deluxe Starter Kit (includes Razor, Brush, Blades, Soap, and Styptic Pencil)
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Posted by Derek Markham at May 12, 2009 12:30 PM