April 6, 2016 Pollution, Waste No Comments
Albatross SHAVES the World from Plastic

Recent studies suggest that there could be

more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.  And, in spite of this absurdity, the amount of plastic used and wasted continues to grow.  Currently, the equivalent of about 1 dumptruck full of plastic is dumped into the oceans each minute, but without significant changes that number will grow to two dump trucks per minute by 2030.
Enter Albatross Shaves the World from Plastic, the first campaign of Berkeley, California based Albatross Designs, aimed at eliminating the use of plastic from the act of shaving.  To achieve this, they harken the return of double edged safety razors, which offer a better shave than plastic and cartridge razors, at a better price, and without any of the plastic waste.  Over 2 billion plastic razors are thrown out each year in the US alone, and that is enough to wrap around the Earth 6 times end-to-end.
Most individuals who are invested in the shaving community understand that the rise in popularity of multi-bladed disposable razors is nothing more than good marketing.   By creating specialized cartridges large razor companies were able to lock in customers and prevent them from switching among brands.  Moreover, Plastic-encased multi-blades contain less metal than a single larger blade so the end product is cheaper to produce, but not necessarily better.
Albatross’ campaign stems from the company’s passion for sailing and all things ocean. As their website states:

“A good sailor knows how to fix his boat.  A boat has all kinds of systems:  energy, plumbing, cooking, rigging, etc.  Well, because of this, we’ve gotten pretty good at building/ designing a wide variety of things, and now we’ve begun to apply those skills, and others developed on land, to making beneficial impacts wherever we can.”

To take their interest in sailing and the ocean further, they have created the Trident Project, a not-for-profit effort to conduct ocean research and quickly identify solutions and risk mitigation strategies for environmental threats.  The bulk of this research is currently focused on ocean acidification and ocean trash removal.

This is a guest post written by Andrew LaCenere.

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