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How One Company Keeps Used Razors Out Of Oceans


Razors might seem like small pieces of plastic, but they can quickly add up in landfills. In the United States, over two billion plastic razors are thrown away each year, but a significant amount doesn't end up in landfills. In fact, 32 percent of plastic products end up in the ocean. To put this into perspective, that amounts to a fully loaded dump trunk pouring plastic into the ocean every minute. 

Albatross Designs is a small company trying to help reduce the use of disposable razors in order to minimize plastic waste. Embracing a one hundred year old design, the company offers stainless steel safety razors as an alternative to plastic ones. These classic razors come in two styles: butterfly or 3-piece. By metal razors stylish again, Albatross is encouraging others to leave behind plastic and pick up the last razor they’ll ever need to buy. 

The company's founder Andrew LaCenere discussed Albatross' goal with Inhabitat, explaining, “We need to stop the stream of plastic, but it would also be really great to remove some from the environment. We want to attack the problem from both ends.” By helping people tweak their daily habit of shaving and swapping plastic for high quality all metal safety razors, the company hopes to significantly reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the ocean’s eco-system.