Should You Consider Switching To The Leaf Razor?

For those looking to lead a more sustainable life, choosing the right razor can be a pain. If you usually opt for a disposable option, the clue is in the name. While they may be cheap to re-buy, they're extremely difficult to recycle, according to the Independent. This is because they're made from a mixture of materials, as well as classified as sharp objects (via EcoWatch). The process to make disposable razors is also pretty expensive and extensive, leading to an overall not-so-environmentally friendly product.

Thankfully, not all hope is lost. Many brands have started to think ahead and are creating razors that are less disposable. For example, Zopa notes that safety razors not only take out the plastic, but they include more sustainable and durable materials like brass, stainless steel, or even bamboo. The only thing that needs to be disposed of is the razor, which can be recycled. The handle can last over a decade or more, depending on how you look after it.

Another option making the rounds on social media is the Leaf Razor, but is it a razor you should consider switching to?

The Leaf may be expensive, but it's extremely sustainable

The Leaf Razor is an all-metal razor that delivers a close shave suited to your preference. You can choose from 1-3 blades, and it also has a pivoting razor head, which is apparently not found on any other safety razor, according to the brand (via Leaf Shave). It's also designed with time in mind and is resistant to rust and corrosion. It comes with a lifetime warranty and can be completely recycled.

It's quite pricey compared to most safety razors, and especially so in comparison to disposable ones. The Leaf Razor retails at $84, and it'll cost you an additional $12 for a 50-blade pack. However, you don't necessarily need to buy blades from the brand itself, as Leaf's razors are designed to be compatible with "any standard of razor blade."

The Leaf Razor also comes with plastic-free packaging, relying more so on plastic-free and easily recyclable materials to make the whole experience more sustainable and less confusing (via the New York Times). The company also has its own recycling program for the blades if packaged appropriately (via Leaf Shave).

Recently, the brand introduced a cheaper option of the razor in the form of The Twig (via Leaf Shave). Retailing at $59, this is a single edge razor that can be used both as your typical razor, or one for hard-to-reach places.