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King C. Gillette Safety Razor | Double Edge Blade | Sustainable Shaving

King C. Gillette Safety Razor | Double Edge Blade | Sustainable Shaving

Regular price $29.08 USD
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Sustainable Shaving Razor

Discover the ultimate shaving experience with the King C. Gillette Safety Razor and 5 Platinum Coated Double Edge Blades. Crafted from durable chrome-plated material, this razor features a closed comb head for precise control when shaping your beard or edging sideburns.

Trust in the heritage-inspired design and over a century of innovation and expertise for a truly exceptional shave.

Product Dimensions ‏:‎ 1.22 x 2.52 x 6.42 inches

Weight: 3.68 Ounces

Country of Origin ‏:‎ China

 

Country of Origin for the Embrace Product:

  • King C. Gillette Safety Razor with Chrome Plated Handle and 5 Platinum Coated Double Edge Safety Razor Blade Refills: Typically made in China.

Grading the Embrace Product:

1. Manufacturing: 2/10

  • Made in China despite many other Gillette razors that are more complex in construction being made in the US. 

2. Distribution: 2/10

Fairly weighty and comes from overseas. 

3. Cost: 9/10

Higher initial cost but long-term savings due to the longevity of the handle and lower cost of blades. 

4. Packaging: 8/10

  • Packaging includes some plastic components, but overall minimal and often recyclable.

5. Effectiveness: 9

Effective at providing a close shave.

6. Lifespan: 10

Will likely outlive the owner as long as it's not dropped or damaged. 

7. Fun:10

Provides an enjoyable shaving experience. 

8. Relevance: 10

Good fit for purpose product. Time-tested century-old technology. 

9. Disposal: 10

All metal construction makes it straightforward to recycle. 

10. Recycling: 10

All metal construction makes it straightforward to recycle.

Embrace Product (King C. Gillette Safety Razor) Benefits:

1. Durability:

  • Constructed from high-quality materials like chrome-plated metal, ensuring long-term use and reducing the need for frequent replacements.

2. Recyclability:

  • Fully recyclable components, minimizing environmental impact.

3. Health Safety:

  • Non-toxic materials, safe for daily use on the skin.

4. Eco-Friendly:

  • Uses sustainable materials and minimal packaging, reducing overall environmental footprint.

5. Cost-Effective:

  • The higher initial cost is offset by the lower cost of replacement blades, offering savings over time.


Avoid Product (Gillette Fusion5 Razor for Men) Drawbacks:

1. Plastic Composition:

  • Made from plastic and metal components, contributes to environmental pollution.

2. Microplastic Shedding:

  • Potential for microplastic shedding over time, especially with repeated use and washing.

3. Non-Recyclable:

  • Most components are not easily recyclable, contributing to landfill waste.

4. Health Risks:

  • Plastics can leach harmful chemicals over time, especially if damaged or exposed to high temperatures.

5. Shorter Lifespan:

  • Plastic components may wear out faster, requiring more frequent replacements and increasing waste.

How to Start Using the Embrace Product:

1. Purchase the Razor:

  • Buy the King C. Gillette Safety Razor from a reputable retailer or the manufacturer's website.

2. Transition Gradually:

  • Start using the new razor and gradually phase out old plastic razors.

3. Proper Care:

  • Regularly clean and maintain the razor to ensure longevity; follow any care instructions provided.

4. Recycle Old Razors:

  • If possible, recycle old plastic razors or repurpose them for non-personal use.

5. Support Sustainable Choices:

  • Choosing products made from metal supports sustainable manufacturing and reduces plastic waste.

Summary of Comparison

King C. Gillette Safety Razor

  • Material Composition: Chrome-plated metal and steel, durable and recyclable.
  • Plastic Usage: Minimal in packaging
  • Microplastic Shedding: None
  • Health Impact: Non-toxic, safe for daily use
  • Sustainability: High due to recyclability and durable design.

Gillette Fusion5 Razor for Men

  • Material Composition: Plastic and metal
  • Plastic Usage: High
  • Microplastic Shedding: Potential over time
  • Health Impact: Potential for chemical leaching, non-recyclable

Sustainability: Lower due to plastic waste and shorter lifespan.

Estimating the Lifetime Cost and Plastic Consumption for Both Products

Let's break down the comparison step by step.

King C. Gillette Safety Razor with Chrome Plated Handle and 5 Platinum Coated Double Edge Safety Razor Blade Refills

1. Estimated Lifespan of the Product:

  • The chrome-plated handle is highly durable and can last a lifetime with proper care.
  • The blades need to be replaced regularly.

2. Number of Purchases Over a 50-Year Lifespan:

  • Assume the handle lasts a lifetime: 1 purchase.
  • Assume each blade lasts about 1 week (some may last longer, but we'll use a conservative estimate).

3. Total number of blades per year: 
52 weeks/year\text{Total number of blades per year} = 52 \text{ weeks/year}Total number of blades per year=52 weeks/year Total number of blades over 50 years=52×50=2600 blades\text{Total number of blades over 50 years} = 52 \times 50 = 2600 \text{ blades}Total number of blades over 50 years=52×50=2600 blades Number of refills needed=2600 blades5 blades per pack=520 packs\text{Number of refills needed} = \frac{2600 \text{ blades}}{5 \text{ blades per pack}} = 520 \text{ packs}Number of refills needed=5 blades per pack2600 blades​=520 packs

4. Total Cost:

  • Cost of handle: Approximately $20.
  • Cost per 5-blade refill pack: Approximately $5.

5. Total cost of refills:
520×5=$2600\text{Total cost of refills} = 520 \times 5 = \$2600Total cost of refills=520×5=$2600 Total cost over 50 years=2600+20=$2620\text{Total cost over 50 years} = 2600 + 20 = \$2620Total cost over 50 years=2600+20=$2620

6. Plastic Content:

  • Handle: Minimal plastic, primarily chrome, and metal.
  • Blades: Each blade refill pack has some plastic packaging.

7. Estimate:

  • Plastic per refill pack (packaging): Approx. 10 grams.

8. Total plastic from refills: 
520×10 grams=5200 grams=5.2 kg\text{Total plastic from refills} = 520 \times 10 \text{ grams} = 5200 \text{ grams} = 5.2 \text{ kg}Total plastic from refills=520×10 grams=5200 grams=5.2 kg

Gillette Fusion5 Razor for Men, Handle + 1 Razor Blade Refill

1. Estimated Lifespan of the Product:

  • The handle is also durable but may need replacement every few years due to wear and tear.

2. Assume handle replacement every 5 years.

Total handles over 50 years=505=10 handles\text{Total handles over 50 years} = \frac{50}{5} = 10 \text{ handles}Total handles over 50 years=550​=10 handlesEach blade cartridge lasts about 1 week.

3. Number of Purchases Over a 50-Year Lifespan:

  • Blades per year: 52.
  • Total number of blades over 50 years: 52 \times 50 = 2600 blades.
  • Number of refills needed: 2600 blades (each refill is 1 blade).

4. Total Cost:

  • Cost of handle: Approximately $10.
  • Cost per blade refill: Approximately $3.

5. Total cost of handles: 
10×10=$100\text{Total cost of handles} = 10 \times 10 = \$100Total cost of handles=10×10=$100 Total cost of refills=2600×3=$7800\text{Total cost of refills} = 2600 \times 3 = \$7800Total cost of refills=2600×3=$7800 Total cost over 50 years=7800+100=$7900\text{Total cost over 50 years} = 7800 + 100 = \$7900Total cost over 50 years=7800+100=$7900

6. Plastic Content:

  • Handle: Approximately 20 grams per handle.

7. Total plastic from handles:
10×20 grams=200 grams=0.2 kg\text{Total plastic from handles} = 10 \times 20 \text{ grams} = 200 \text{ grams} = 0.2 \text{ kg}Total plastic from handles=10×20 grams=200 grams=0.2 kg

  • Blades: Each blade has significant plastic content (approx. 5 grams per blade).

8. Total plastic from refills: 2600×5 grams=13000 grams=13 kg\text{Total plastic from refills} = 2600 \times 5 \text{ grams} = 13000 \text{ grams} = 13 \text{ kg}Total plastic from refills=2600×5 grams=13000 grams=13 kg

Summary Comparison

Total Lifetime Cost

  • King C. Gillette Safety Razor: $2620
  • Gillette Fusion5 Razor: $7900

Total Lifetime Plastic Usage

  • King C. Gillette Safety Razor: 5.2 kg
  • Gillette Fusion5 Razor: 13.2 kg


Harmful or Toxic Chemicals

For specific harmful or toxic chemicals used in either product, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) database can be checked for detailed ingredient safety assessments. Some known concerns with disposable razors include:

Gillette Fusion5 Razor:

  • Potential microplastics from the blade cartridges.
  • Chemical coatings on the blades (e.g., PTFE or other non-stick coatings) may pose health risks.

King C. Gillette Safety Razor:

  • Generally lower risk as the product mainly uses metal components.

If you need detailed chemical safety information, visiting the EWG website or checking the product's safety data sheets (SDS) would be beneficial.