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Shave soaps in recyclable containers

Glass recycling in the US is problematic. There is no method currently in use that ensures intact glass containers put out for recycling pick up do not break during the pick up, transport and drop off process.
Much of what we put out in the blue bins for recycling just goes to landfill because cardboard is easily contaminated and rejected, plastic is now being rejected by the largest plastic recycling country (China) due to contamination restraints, and the vast majority of glass gets broken in route from curbside and can't be used. All of this, even though put in a recycling bin goes to the landfill.
If you're looking at sustainability in the recycle/re-use category, your best bet is probably re-use.
There's zero waste if you are actively re-using a container, even if it is plastic.
 
One reason I switched to DE/SR shaving is to reduce waste. To this end, I want a shave soap that is not in plastic (though plastic too is recyclable). What shave soaps that come in recyclable containers? I'll start with the two that I use:

  • Antiga Barbearia De Bairro Essentials (in a glass jar with a metal lid)
  • Ach. Brito Mogno (a soap bar that comes in a cardboard box)

Arko, Derby Shaving sticks are sold only wrapped in paper. Quite a few of my favourite shaving sticks aren't plastic free, but have a small plastic base, eg Tabac, Speick, etc

If you get a 1kg of a croap like 3P, Vitos, Cella, TFS, often they will be sold in a paper carton but the soap itself will be in one sheet of plastic wrap. In terms of generating waste, I think this option is the most environmentally friendly option.

Mogno has been mentioned, also the Ach Brito Musgo puck also comes just in paper wrapping.

Having a look at my main dealer for buying shaving soaps, they sell a number of soaps just in paper wrapping, from SV, Tabac, DRH, Phoenix and Beau, CRS, MWF, Culmak to name a few.
 
...I’ve even seen a trend of soapmakers switching from tins to plastic by “popular request” which is unfortunate (to someone like me who cares about using less plastic) especially given that there are rust-resistant tins that do a great job, in my experience at least...
Vendors don't like the tins because cosmetically imperfect goods don't sell. The tins are not as popular because they can get dented or scratched and might possibly rust. That bothers people with OCD tendencies of which there are many!

I bought some Klar Seifen shaving soaps for $5 each that normally sell for around $25 each. The aluminum tins had a tiny bit of cosmetic damage, so they were collecting dust at the store.

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I bought some Klar Seifen shaving soaps for $5 each that normally sell for around $25 each. The aluminum tins had a tiny bit of cosmetic damage, so they were collecting dust at the store.

$5 is a steal for those, nice find! Where, if you don't mind me asking?

Vendors don't like the tins because cosmetically imperfect goods don't sell. The tins are not as popular because they can get dented or scratched and might possibly rust. That bothers people with OCD tendencies of which there are many!

I recall rust was an occasional complaint with the old CRSW tins, which I think may have been the reason those were switched to plastic tubs. Kind of a shame from an esthetic standpoint too -- it was such a visually striking design. Made the soap feel classier somehow.
 
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