This disposable razor is made from paper (the handle, not the blade)

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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.

[Image: courtesy Kai]

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.)

[Photo: courtesy Kai]

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.