The plastic deal with on a disposable razor can’t simply be recycled, and billions of razors find yourself in landfills every year. However a brand new design from Kai, a Japanese razor producer, swaps plastic for paper as an alternative. The blade is made absolutely from steel with out plastic elements.
The deal with design, impressed partly by paper milk cartons, makes use of a skinny coating to make the paper waterproof. It ships flat, which means that the package deal will also be smaller. The paper is designed to fold collectively right into a form that makes it sturdy and as simple to carry as a typical razor. (The skinny strip of tape over the blade is cleverly designed to be reused to wrap round the folded deal with to make it safe.)
Different producers have experimented with totally different supplies; Protect, for instance, makes a razor deal with from recycled ocean plastic. That deal with will also be reused with a collection of recent blades, and it’s doable that extra producers will select to maneuver in the path of reusability fairly than attempting to enhance disposable razors. On Loop, a platform that sells mainstream merchandise in reusable packaging, Gilette sells a reusable razor deal with with razor heads that may be despatched again for recycling. A startup referred to as Albatross sells a zero-waste stainless steel razor and in addition takes again blades for recycling. Leaf, one other startup, additionally makes an all-metal razor and recycles blades.
Kai’s paper razors, on the different hand, aren’t designed to final. A reusable choice is doubtless extra sustainable—however recyclable paper is higher than the ubiquitous plastic model.