Trying something for the first time is always a little daunting and scary. You don’t know what to expect… “How will this experience make me feel?” and “Will I actually like this?”. This is true with anything whether it’s an exotic smoothie recipe or a brand new job. But trying new things is a great way to discover new products, to make you actually think about your intentions, and to force you out of your comfort zone.
One new thing in my life is the Leaf razor, a pivoting head metal razor. I’m into the idea of a wasteless razor that also delivers a clean shave. Leaf offers both, so here I go.
Upon receiving my brand new Leaf razor I was thrilled but also admittedly a little intimidated by the blades! However, I was so intrigued by the idea of owning a razor that would last forever and wouldn’t end up in a landfill with all my other old razors. With the importance of climate change and sustainability (not only globally, but locally for many of us, me included), I’m making more conscious efforts to apply sustainable practices into my life.
Using a Leaf razor is a simple step in the right direction.
Boy was I right! I tinkered with the blades, placed them in each of their little slots and tightened the metal dial. While initially the blades seemed scary, loading the razor and using the blades is simple and harmless. I held it in my hand and can remember thinking how sturdy and durable it felt. First, I gave it a whirl on my legs. At most I did four strokes on each of my legs and I was done.
“This can’t be right…” I thought.
It normally takes me nearly ten minutes to do both legs since I would have to go over them several times with my cheap plastic razor. I never felt as though it was truly working and giving me a smooth shave. Using my Leaf it took me five minutes at most! It didn’t require me to re-shave certain areas and it just worked. As a person who waits until the last possible minute to shave, speed matters. The speed of shaving with Leaf amazed me!
While the thought of an all-metal razor did make me slightly nervous in the beginning these feelings were washed down the shower drain. The metal exterior of the razor even gave a cooling effect and made for a clean and smooth shave. I stepped out of the shower no longer feeling like a caveman and in pure awe of my Leaf razor. I didn’t have to sacrifice comfort to help reduce my plastic waste. It truly is the best of both worlds.
My fascination and delight with the Leaf razor led me to tell my whole family about it. Before I knew it, they each were trying the razor. My mom used it on her legs as well and admitted that it was the highest quality razor she had ever used. The Leaf razor was also a major upgrade from her drug store brand plastic razor she’s owned for way too long.
Next, my dad decided he wanted to try Leaf for shaving his face. Mind you, my dad had also been using various cheap razors from the sale section at CVS. After using Leaf for the first time on his face he said he would never go back to his plastic razors. Shaving particularly sensitive skin, such as the face, can cause razor burn and leave small cuts on the skin. My dad said with amazement that the Leaf razor didn’t do either and that his skin instead was left feeling smooth.
What a reLEAF!
The best part about the razor is its ability to pivot and therefore get around tough places like the knee and ankle. This feature is common in high-end plastic razors but no one has ever done this in a safety razor, until Leaf. It truly is a relief to not constantly throw away a plastic razor or cartridge. I’m excited for an easy to use eco-friendly shave! Although it’s just one small step in reducing waste, small steps can gradually create big change.
In this case, making one small change such as switching from a disposable plastic razor to a razor that will last a lifetime means I will never have to throw out this portion of plastic over my lifetime. If we all made a similar change, we could prevent huge amounts of waste! The Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) estimates that the average American throws away about 1,361.4 pounds of trash each year which is roughly the weight of a grizzly bear.
The holidays are over, and we’re beginning a new year and a new decade. It’s a great time to make eco-conscious consuming choices for the new year. Sustainability is certainly going to continue to be a goal of mine in this new year and the years to come. I’m learning through Leaf that this switch is not all that difficult! Trying Leaf allowed me to learn more about sustainable practices, reconsider my other buying habits, and step outside my comfort zone by exploring a new brand.