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[Zero] Waste Wednesday (our 6 day Anti-Black Friday Holiday)

[Zero] Waste Wednesday:  The anti-Black Friday? Black Friday has many shortcomings, not least its effect on the environment.  It is the biggest shopping day of the year, the day when the most “stuff” is sold.  Much of that “stuff” is actually superfluous, and quite quickly becomes waste.  For example, the average kid’s toy gets used for only 2 weeks before it becomes waste.  Add to this the fact that Black Friday often exposes us to the worst parts of our Hyper-consumerist economy (YouTube it for examples). Well, we’re saying this doesn’t have to be the case!  Look, we get gifts as much as anyone, and yes, we like showing others we are thinking of them at the holidays too.  But… What if...

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How Safe Are Safety Razors?

Compared to multi-blade cartridge razors that you pull across your skin, safety razors need to glide.  The good news is that this means significantly less skin irritation [and better hair cutting]. But it also means you should be placing a high priority on lubrication before shaving.

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Our idea of the Trim Tab Condition

“Something hit me very hard once, thinking about what one little man could do. Think of the Queen Elizabeth — the whole ship goes by and then comes the rudder. And there’s a tiny thing at the edge of the rudder called a trim tab. It’s a miniature rudder. Just moving the little trim tab builds a low pressure that pulls the rudder around. Takes almost no effort at all. So I said that the little individual can be a trim tab. Society thinks it’s going right by you, that it’s left you altogether. But if you’re doing dynamic things mentally, the fact is that you can just put your foot out like that and the whole big ship of...

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New Year, Bigger Importance:  It’s really time to wake up to the plastic problem

Last year (2017) was an amazing year for Albatross Designs.  We were able to introduce our message about plastic free shaving (Albatross SHAVES) around the world.  We’ve had many happy customers on 6 continents and in countless countries!  We also brought to market OCEAN SF -- which represents to us the future of clothing: durable, natural, and polyester micro-fiber pollution free!   To be honest, we have been feeling pretty damn good lately.  The journey has been very tough, but the goal has remained pure and we can’t thank our understanding, awesome customers enough. We’ve given it our all and, while looking back to this challenging and exciting year, we feel we’ve made meaningful headway in reducing single use plastics from...

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Introducing the Albatross Blade Take Back Program

Today we are thrilled to announce the launching of the Albatross Blade Take Back Program.  Double edged safety razor users can now mail their used blades back to us-- an important step towards higher sustainability performance of our products because many municipal recycling centers do not accept razor blades.  Big expectations surround this program as a platform to increase our expertise with developing circular supply chains and untapping new opportunities for sustainability gains with future products.   Our Take Back program is currently focused on finding ways to increase the use value of recycled stainless steel blades.  High quality stainless steel double edged blades are used around the world, and as such, could be used to make high quality subsequent...

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