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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.
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.
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.
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
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;
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