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meet leaf: the sustainable razor you’ll actually love

Zero wasters and minimalists rave about safety razors.

But when I bought my first safety razor, I wasn’t that into it.

Sure it gave me a close shave – but usually at the expense of scrapped up knees that left me feeling like a 13 year old shaving for the first time. I liked that I didn’t have to continuously rebuy razors…

But using a traditional butterfly safety razor is tricky. I have a whole post dedicated to how to use a traditional butterfly-style safety razor. Check that out here.

I honestly really liked my butterfly safety razor from Albatross once I got used to it. (There is a serious learning curve with safety razors.) But after I broke my second one, I thought maybe I should opt for a different style.

LEAF SHAVE

I first saw advertisements for Leaf Shave’s razor on Instagram. I saw how sleek and pretty it looked. And then I saw the bendy head and I knew I needed it.

At the time I was using Albatross, which is a great brand and makes awesome safety razors. But I was low-key hoping my razor would break (again) so I could buy a new one.

And boy was I lucky when my Albatross broke.

I bought this bad boy and I can easily say it’s one of my favorite zero-waste items I’ve ever bought. And there is no learning curve with using it, unlike the butterfly razor.

GIMME THE DEETS.

This all metal razor is plastic free. And that’s important because think about how many plastic razors you’ve used in your lifetime. Then multiple that by several million people (perhaps billion who use razors). That’s a lot of waste!

Leaf packages its razors and products entirely without plastic. They also offset their carbon footprint (they’re certified carbon neutral) and support climate action nonprofits. Pretty dope.

Now for the nitty gritty of the razor….

It has a head that bends, so you can easily shave over your knees, chin, and all the intimate areas.

It has three removable blades that can be easily removed by turning the knob on the back of the razor head a few times and lifting up the top portion of the head.

When you buy a razor kit, it comes with 50 razor blades. FIFTY! That’s insane. They’re light weight and fit nicely inside three spaces on the head of the razor.

TALK TO ME ABOUT PRICE…

Like most sustainable items that you only need to buy one of basically forever, it’s not cheap.

A Leaf Kit runs for $113. It includes a Leaf razor and stand, 50 blades and a blade recycling bin.

The razor on its own is $84.

But again, this razor will last you a long time. It ends up paying for itself after a year or so. Similarly to a menstrual cup (check out why and how I use a menstrual cup here), you only buy one for many many years. It’s an investment up front, but pays off in the end.

ANY DOWNERS?

Metal razors must be properly cleaned and stored – that’s the major bummer about using a safety razor.

I have a whole post dedicated to what you should know before using a safety razor. I wrote the post back when I used my butterfly Albatross razor, but the sentiments transfer to this razor, too. Wash it off, dry it and store it in a cool place. Metal will rust. While the Leaf is noticeably more resistant to rust than a traditional safety razor, it can still rust, so be sure to take good care of it.

Also, recycling blades is difficult. Most curbside pick up locations don’t accept blades.

But! If you mail your blades back to Leaf, they will properly recycle them for you! Just be sure to put your blades in a tin of some sort – either the one they give you or a mints container. I love companies that are proponents of a circular economy!

Also, the razor is covered by a lifetime warranty related to any defects that arise with the razor, such as the screw closure not working, the blade fillers are uneven, or the springs have broken.

Overall, I’d highly recommend investing in a Leaf. If you’re interested in a way to minimize your plastic use everyday, and can afford to hash out $113 bucks, buy a metal razor. And I’d say the Leaf is the best one on the market.

Is it the ‘REEL’ deal?

Lately I’ve been getting my toilet paper from Dollar General because it’s right down the road and when you need TP, it’s usually an emergency.

For more than two years I’ve been wanting to try out a more sustainable option, but every time I go to purchase it, we have plenty of TP. And when I need TP, I’m in dire straights and can’t wait for a batch to be shipped to my house.

But I officially tried out a sustainable brand called Reel.

WHAT’S REEL?

Reel is a sustainable toilet paper company based in California that has a business model for good.

It’s not a B-Corporation, but it’s very similar, and I’m surprised it doesn’t have a B-Corp. certification.

SUSTAINABILITY

The toilet paper is made out of bamboo, which is a pretty sustainable resource. Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants. It can grow roughly 3-feet in one day.

The toilet paper is packaged in biodegradable paper wrapping and is shipped in a pack of 24.

ETHICS

Every time you order Reel, you give access to a toilet to someone else.

Reel partners with SOIL, a nonprofit that transforms waste into resources in Haiti. Through its partnership, SOIL provides toilets and removes waste from communities, which in turn prevents the spread of waterborne diseases and protects aquatic ecosystems.

The waste water is treated, turned into compost, and then sold to support agriculture and climate change mitigation efforts in Haiti. Pretty cool!

Since 2006, SOIL has been transforming waste into useful resources in Haiti.

QUALITY

I’m not too picky when it comes to toilet paper. But I can say, this toilet paper does the job and feels comfortable while doing it πŸ™‚ Since it’s 3-ply, it’s a bit thicker than your average toilet paper roll.

The TP is certifiably biodegradable and OK for septic systems!

The outer paper on the roll is a grayish tissue paper with an “r” on the outside (and it’s recyclable!). It looks sleek sitting out in your bathroom, unlike most toilet paper rolls.

The toilet paper comes with 24 rolls, which each have 300 sheets of 3-ply toilet paper.

HOW IT WORKS

Reel uses a subscription program, so you can rest assured you won’t run out of TP, or that your grocery stories will run out during a pandemic… we’ve all been there.

You don’t have to subscribe to the program though. I didn’t. Or at least, I haven’t yet, but I may decide to!

You can get it delivered to you every 4, 8 or 12 weeks, depending on how much TP you use. I’d say every 8 weeks would probably be the best bet for a two-person home. For more than two people, four weeks may be the better bet – it all just depends!

PRICE BREAK DOWN

The toilet paper isn’t cheap. For a 24-pack it runs for $29.99.

But considering it’s 3-ply, the price is pretty standard. Looking at Quilted Northern’s 3-ply option, a 24-pack of TP rolls runs for $27.50.

The 3-ply allows you to use less toilet paper for each wipe. Most 2-ply toilet paper runs for around $14 for a 20-pack.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

There are also two other brands of sustainable toilet paper that I’m aware of. The first is Who Gives A Crap, which is a B-Corp based in Australia! I’ve heard great things about their toilet paper, but decided to try out Reel. The other is Tushy, which is a bidet company that also sells sustainable toilet paper. Both brands also use bamboo in their toilet paper and are great brands to support!

I’d like to try all three and eventually do a review of which I like the best. Stay tuned πŸ™‚

In the end, I like Reel’s toilet paper. It’s not the greatest, fluffiest toilet paper I’ve ever used, but it’s far from the worst. The price is decent for the amount of toilet paper you get, and I appreciate the company’s mission. I’ll happily use my Reel TP for now πŸ™‚