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Recycled razors . . .
3 years ago

Hi All, Just had an impulse to share something. I accidentally discovered something a while back. Like a lot of people, I have trouble throwing stuff away, particularly when that stuff is adding to the waste mountain that humanity is disappearing under, and so one day, having got to 'blunt' on my disposable razor, and feeling resistant to just chucking it away, I tossed it on the shelf with other 'cleaning products' and noticed - hey! - I've tossed two other razors on the shelf already. I wonder if by some miracle they've resharpened themselves? Would you believe, they had? So now I rotate the three; when one becomes blunt, I pick up the next one (it always surprises me when it cuts cleanly and easily). So far, I've been doing this for around three rotations which must be about four or five months. Dunno; I'm not actually counting. And, just to put it out there, I found something on youtube where a Japanese inventor has designed a simple machine that can reconvert plastic back into oil. Basically, one kilo plastic will make one litre of oil. I think his company is called "Blessed" or something like that. You should be able to find it using keywords. Of course, there is still the problem of the pollution that burning oil causes . . .

plastic
3 years ago

If you have #5 plastics and live near a Whole Foods you can bring them there and they have a bin (or they do in MA). Toothbrushes get made from them. I think the company is Preserve. I'm tired but I think that's it. Good info, thansk.

3 years ago

Kate K.  What exactly is #5 plastic?  I have a Whole Foods about twenty miles away and would like to do that.  Thank you.

3 years ago

Chris E.  I live close (within sight) of the Pyramid in downtown Memphis.  I kid you not, my razor and knives never get dull.  LOL  A long time ago I read something about pyramids sharpening razors.  Anyway, it's a thought!  

#5 plastics
3 years ago

Often they are things like yogurt containers. It's just type of plastic. On the bottom there is a number (you probably know this ) and the # 5's I heard are not recyclable. Preserve makes toothbrushes, razors, and possible other products that I don't know of out of them.

3 years ago

Here is a "plastics" website with some information on plastics with each of the codes
http://www.ides.com/resources/plastic-recycling-codes.asp

Here is a site with a recycling rather than a plastics bias
http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/latest/recycling-symbols-plastics-460321

Our program doesn't seem to care about the kind of plastic -- basically they take only relatively large pieces that won't jam the machines.

#5 Plastics
3 years ago

They are polypropylene (pp). In general, only plastics #1 polyethylene terephthalate (pet or pete) and #2 high density polyethylene (hdpe). It has frustrated me no end that #5 polypropylene is used in so many products, but it not generally recycled. But this is changing, thanks to Preserve, a company that uses recycled pp to make it's products, including toothbrushes. There may be other companies that also use recycled pp, but I don't know about them. They are the folks who have #5 drop off bins outside of Whole Foods and other places. Another option, if you are not able to get to one of their drop-off sites, is to ship your #5 plastics. Unfortunately, that costs money.
Here is their website: http://www.preserveproducts.com/recycling/index.html

3 years ago

A disposeabl razor that resharpens itself...? How bizarre...Perhaps you have razor...recycler...elves...Ha...Not mocking you, Chris...I've just never heard of that...

http://www.ehow.com/how_5709307_sharpen-disposable-razor.html



This post was modified from its original form on 18 Feb, 15:09
Recycled razors . . .
3 years ago

Hi Debbie,

Yes, I read the book The Secret Power of Pyramids years ago and researchers found that the old fashioned blue razor blades would resharpen if placed at a certain height in a cardboard pyramid aligned with the poles. With my disposables I figured they are already incredibly thin and could just imagine the molecules realigning along the edge. Maybe it's just my imagination, ha ha.

3 years ago

Ah, the imagination is a wonderful thing, isn't it? Ha. That's alright, Chris. You go with it. As George Harrison said in Yellow Submarine, "It's all in the mind, you know..." 



This post was modified from its original form on 19 Feb, 14:18
3 years ago

Oh...and I found a bit about that plastic-to-oil thingie you were talking about. Clever...

http://ourworld.unu.edu/en/plastic-to-oil-fantastic/

3 years ago

Oh, wow...Just watched the video on that website...This guy's got a major invention here if it succeeds...No more dealing with the Middle East for oil....and less waste all around...IF, as you say, the emissions can be contained...Brilliant...



This post was modified from its original form on 19 Feb, 14:42
3 years ago

I have seen this video before I even posted it to my facebook page. It is a wonderful invention I hope it comes to Canada and the United States.  It is great how there would be alot less waste, how wonderful that there would be less going into the landfills. The guy that invented this machine to convert plastic to oil is brilliant. Wish I could send him a green star.

3 years ago

I have seen this video before. It would be great if it would come to canada and the united states. The guy that invented the machine to convert plastic to oil is brilliant. Wish I could send him a green star. It is wonderful that this invention is cutting back on the waste going into the landfills. I enjoyed the video so much when I first saw it I posted it to my facebook page.



This post was modified from its original form on 09 Mar, 5:28
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