It’s August and after one month hiatus, we are BACK! This month I am fortunate to be able to start off with a guest post from my good friend – @RONRANCOURT – owner of the blog “To Sustainability“. You should check him out!!
Without further adieu:
Hey there OMP,
Here’s a little tip on shaving cream, for guys and for gals. It was just after we moved to Chelsea when I looked down at my can of Gillette shaving cream and decided I wanted an alternative. Each can only lasted me a month or two, and once it’s done it had to be recycled. Recycling isn’t as great as it is made out to be – it requires lots of energy, water during processing, and fuel for transport. (Once sorted, Ottawa’s recycling goes to companies in Ontario, Quebec and the US link: http://ottawa.ca/residents/recycling_garbage/recycling/what_happens_en.html) Also, a plastic bottle can never be recycled into another plastic bottle. It’s always downgraded to a cheaper, poorer grade product. So in a sense, recycling is not sustainable.
Anyway back to shaving cream options. In addition to the recycling thing I was leery of the ingredients in that canned foam. I found a wonderful home-made shaving soap in bar format at the Chelsea Market. After using it once or twice I knew I’d never go back to store-bought cans. My skin actually feels moist and soft after using it. One bar lasts 6 months or more and only costs 5 bucks! I would tell you the name of the soap but can’t remember it – but that shouldn’t stop you from trying any home-made soap you come across at your local outdoor market. Many natural food stores carry them and I’ve even seen some at the checkout at chain grocery stores and pharmacies. Of course, you can usually find handmade soap at the Chelsea Market, Saturdays from 10-2 from May-Oct. (see http://www.marcheoldchelseamarket.ca)
Now I need to find an alternative to disposable razors…