There are still municipalities that have a hard time recycling plastic razors because they are made out of different material components (plastic bodies and metal blades).
Although the EPA does not track the environmental impact of disposable razors, it is estimated that approximately 2 billion throwaway razors are produced in the U.S. every year.
One alternative to disposable plastic razors that has been making a come back, is safety razors which are definitely made to last. These razors are typically made of steel or chrome, and the only waste that is produced is the steel blades. Although a steel razor may have a higher upfront cost than plastic razors, they will last you for much longer and give you a cleaner shave.
For the frequent flyer, it’s important to know that you may or may not be allowed to fly with the box of disposables blades, so make sure to check with airline regulation or research a spot to buy blades when you get to your destination.
If you are not able to buy a metal razor, you can also opt to use razors with a reusable handle to reduce waste.