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.
How Does The Razor Blade Return Program Work?
USE your razor blades until they are no longer sharp enough to do the job.
CLEAN AND DRY the blades and store them somewhere safe until you have 40 blades.
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!
POST OR DROP OFF your used blades at one of the addresses given below.
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.
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;
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