About two billion disposable razors go directly to overcrowded landfills every year. Shaving cream cans and all other by-products of shaving add to the enormous amounts of waste heading to the landfills every day. What impact does each of these hair removal products have on the environment? Anything from disposable razors and shaving gel to waxing seems like it will take a toll on the environment.
Eco-wise, the worst hair removal option out there is shaving. When you consider all the products that go along with it – shaving gel, the razors heads and handles, and the amount of water you use when shaving – it all adds up. If you feel like you cannot go by without shaving, then the best alternative would be to use an electric razor. This way you won’t regularly dispose of the razor heads. It’s also recommended to use a basin of water, rather than shaving in the shower.
Wax and disposable strips are typically made from beeswax, plant waxes, or other chemically based waxes. These products made from beeswax or plant wax may seem better for the environment, but they don’t come without their own damaging impact. Wax and waxing strips are usually thrown out which adds to the waste sent to the landfill. Post-waxing routines normally involve lotions or oils, which are then disposed of and added to the waste. Although not the best, waxing is still slightly better for the environment than shaving.
Laser Hair Removal
With a few treatments laser hair removal can permanently reduce hair growth. This means you won’t have to fuss over razors, wax, or any other hair removal alternatives. Laser hair removal is the best long-term solution when you consider how many products you will stop using. You won’t need to worry about the environmental impact of your hair removal products because you won’t need to use the products. This is by far the most eco-friendly method to removing your hair.