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    May 07, 2021 3 min read

    Whenever we buy an item, we need to consider where we will dispose of it once we're finished using it, and razor blades are no different. 

    The blades we use in safety razors are made from stainless steel, making them 100% recyclable... but... because they are small, sharp and dangerous, they can NOT be put into your curbside recycling bin.

    But there is an amazing eco brand in New Zealand with a passion for supporting our low waste lifestyles and they have created their own razor blade return program.

    Keep scrolling to find out how you can recycle your safety razor blades.

     

    A pack of razor blades and single blades individually wrapped in paper. 

    CaliWoods are a social enterprise right here in New Zealand, on a mission to reduce plastic waste and help prolong the life span of recyclable products, like safety razor blades. Their safety blade return program means that you can return any used blades back to them, whatever the brand or source of purchase, and they will recycle them. 

     

    How Does The Razor Blade Return Program Work?

    1. USE your razor blades until they are no longer sharp enough to do the job.
    2. CLEAN AND DRY the blades and store them somewhere safe until you have 40 blades.
    3. PACKAGE the blades safely into the 'blades return envelope' (provided when you buy a razor or replacement blades). Wrap with more paper or another envelope, to ensure that the blades will not slip out of the package at any point. We want to keep our mailers hands safe!
    4. POST OR DROP OFF your used blades at one of the addresses given below.
    5. Leave CaliWoods to do the rest. They will recycle and repurpose your blades.

    Note: If you don't have a 'blades return envelope' don't worry, use your own envelope, but clearly write on the outside that inside are sharp razor blades. This is so the CaliWoods handler's fingers are kept safe.

      

    A refill pack of razor blades and a single razor being held up to the camera.

     

    Where To Post Your Razor Blades?

    Once you have 40 blades saved up, make sure they are clean and dry and then pop them into a small envelope clearly marked to say 'sharp razor blades inside'. Then double wrap this envelope to make sure that no razor blades can escape during the mailing process, and then post to;

    CaliWoods - Blade Return Program
    c/o Handle With Care
    10 Parkhead Place
    Rosedale
    Auckland
    0632
     

    Where Are The Razor Blade Collection Points?

    As with the postal method, CaliWoods needs you to save up 40 blades, make sure they are clean and dry and then pop them into a small envelope clearly marked to say 'sharp razor blades inside'. Then double wrap this envelope to make sure that no razor blades can escape during the collection process.

    Find your nearest safety blade collection point from the list below;

     

    NORTHLAND
    Intec Interiors - 14 Rathbone Street, Whangarei 0110
     
    AUCKLAND
    The Coastal Cabin- 26A Glengarry Ave, Manly
    Crisp Home - Shop 12, St Heliers Mall, St Heliers
    Dapper & Co - 87 King St, Pukekohe
    Scarecrow - 33 Victoria Street East, Auckland 
    Crushes - 225 Karangahape Road, Auckland 
    GoodFor Parnell - Unit 4/79 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell
    GoodFor New Lynn - LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn
    GoodFor Ponsonby - 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn
    GoodFor Takapuna - 360 Lake Rd, Takapuna
    Sprout The Grocer -  100 Hinemoa Street, Birkenhead
     
    COROMANDEL
    Re-Store - 580 Pollen Street, Thames 
    Thames Organics Shop - 736 Pollen Street, Thames
     
    BAY OF PLENTY
    Opotiki Pharmacy - 110 Church Street, Opotiki
     
    WAIKATO
    The Herbal Dispensary - 6 Wallis Street, Raglan
     
    GISBORNE
    Palembag Home - 126 Gladstone RoadGisborne 
     
    TARANAKI
    Down to Earth Organics - 268 Devon St West, New Plymouth
     
    HAWKES BAY
    Full Circle Eco Store - 72 Raffles St, Napier
    Cornucopia Organics - 221 Heretaunga Street East, St Leonards, Hastings
     
    CENTRAL
    Volcano Vibe Collective - 43 Seddon Street, Raetihi
    Kākāriki Green Organics - 69b Hautapu Street, Taihape
     
    WELLINGTON
    Ekko Naturals - Shop 6 City Arcade, Upper Hutt
    Smashed Avocados - Vivian Street, Wellington Central
    GoodFor - 23 Jessie Street, Te Aro 
    The Minimal - 24 Elizabeth Street, Mount Victoria
     
    MARLBOROUGH
    The Vines Village - 193 Rapaura Road, Blenheim 
     Nelson Environment Centre - 31 Vanguard Street, Nelson
     
    CANTERBURY
    Simply Eco - 106B Victoria St, Ashburton
    GoodFor - 20 Welles Street, Christchurch Central City 
    Wholefoods Market & Health Store - 52 Riccarton Road, Riccarton
     
    SOUTHLAND
    Found My Way - 38 Windsor Street, Windsor, Invercargill