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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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Where did our Vision for Albatross hatch?

We were sailing off the Baja Coast, rounding the Island of Cedros on our voyage home after the Newport — Cabo race. It was beautiful, if not a little boring. I found myself thinking a great deal about how to marry unwavering idealism with practical strategies to empower and enable greener living. I meditated on our brand, what the essence of Albatross Designs distilled down to. At the core, we want to sell sustainable products that inject a little soul into otherwise mundane activities. My train of thought was interrupted as we came upon another team’s boat making the same journey back from the race. They were moving at a leisurely pace, probably enjoying the scenery of the island coast. We sailed...

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HOLIDAY DESIGN PILGRIMAGE: COMO, ITALY AND ARCATA, CALIFORNIA

This past holiday season we traveled to Lago di Como in northern Italy and Aracta, California to explore design styles and connect with the outdoors a bit to find inspiration for the coming year.     The Italy trip was fantastic, and we discovered some amazing Italian housing construction styles that we would like to incorporate into coming designs.  Beyond the incredible modern styles that Italy is famous for, it's older designs are still quite spectacular.  For example, take Como's Villa Gaeta below.  Simply a magnificent example of Como's timeless style and in many ways similar to our razor's classic design.  It was a remarkably warm holiday in Como this year... which made our boat trip more comfortable, but scared...

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Essay Contest:  Prompt:  What does it mean to Eliminate Plastic from an entire Industry?

Write 500 words or less and Enter to Win a $75 Shaving Set.  Please forward to your friends! Single Use Plastic is necessarily being phased out of human life, but unfortunately not very quickly.  Some places like California and India have taken bold steps to call a spade a spade and prohibit the use of various single use plastic items.  Other states are happy to make and sell such items, but that doesn’t make it right.   The equivalent of 1 large dump truck of plastic is being dumped into the ocean every minute.  Without major changes this number is expected to grow to 2 dump trucks per minute by 2030.  Clearly, things need to change.  By enabling the mass...

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