** A branch of the Gillette conglomerate, Venus Razors provides relatively low-cost, high-quality razors to women. Similar to the rest of Gillette’s business model, the Venus razors are sold first as a higher-priced complete unit (razor and handle) and thereafter you can sub out the old razor heads for new ones. This reduces the amount of of time you have to replace and entire unit, but that doesn’t mean that this is a sustainable business model. While Gillette does have a razor recycling program and their Refillable Razors and more sustainable than their single-use disposable ones, they need to be doing more. These are a better option than a single-use razor, but not as sustainable as more solid metal alternative. Unless you’re in a pinch, you’re better off finding and purchasing a more sustainable, long-lasting option.
The handle of all of Venus razors is a combination of plastic and silicone. Needless to say, neither of these materials is sustainable. These materials were likely chosen because they will last a long time and therefore fulfill their purpose of being longer-term razor than a single-use razor, but that doesn’t make them a sustainable option. Gillette also has a program called “Terracycle” where customers can save their razor heads and send them in to be recycled, but they don’t advertise it on their products - you have to go online and look around for the information in order to find it. Even if you do find the information on Terracycle, Gillette still places the primary responsibility on the consumer. The consumer has to collect, label, and ship the razors to the Terracycle location, which is not ideal or time-efficient from a consumer side. I rate them a 1/3 for What it’s Made Of, because these razors are made with durable, cheap materials, but those materials are not necessarily the best choices for the pl
Gillette is a company that was founded in the United States, but has since sent a large portion of its production and manufacturing abroad, leading to long supply chains. While they do still have a manufacturing plant in their original home in Boston, Massachusetts they also have plants in China, Mexico, Poland, Canada, and Brazil. They don’t provide any information about how their products are created or shipped, and given that sustainability doesn’t seem to be a large consideration in their product material, packaging, or branding, I am guessing it’s not something they prioritize.
From a social perspective, Gillette has made headlines for their work identifying and fighting toxic masculinity, but they have also made news for false “Made in the USA” claims. As previously stated, they do still have a manufacturing plant in their original home in Boston, Massachusetts, but the majority of their manufacturing is abroad, where standards for worker health and safety are lower than in the United States. Additionally, I rate them a 1/3 for Who Makes It.