The BONSAI – A Water-Saving Shaving Accessory

Bonsai (Image Courtesy Indiegogo)

There’s a shaving-related project trying to get funding on Indiegogo: the Bonsai, a shaving accessory that is supposed to save water.  Take a look at the link.  I’m in touch with the inventor and I’m trying to get a demo or pre-production unit (assuming it gets funded).  I mentioned it over on Reddit and got some negative comments, such as “This is ‘greenwashing‘ at its worst. Save water? Why not just turn the tap on only when you need it? Oxidation? Dry your goddamn razor.”  Personally I think that “greenwashing” opinion is a little extreme: I’m willing to give it an open-minded evaluation.  It would think it could be useful in areas where water is difficult to obtain or for people who don’t think about the water they’re using (and wasting).  What do you think?

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  1. Tourettes Tuna says

    As with most things that have a “green perception factor”, it is the entire product life that must be considered in order to determine the value of it’s enviroment saving features. Thus, as others have said, the battery becomes the problem. As long as it has that it isn’t really all that green.

    However, I am reminded of the vintage vibrating razor that used a mechanical wind-up system rather than batteries. It may just be fanciful thinking on my part, but what if the system could be made to use something like that in lieu of batteries? I could be wound as needed, and you wouldn’t have to “charge your mug”.

    On a seperate note, I like to use the water in my sink to rise my face between passes so that I get more water into my beard by the emolients from the spent lather. The trouble is that the water still has my stuble in it. If the system could somehow be made to filter out the stuble and provide access to the emolient rich water for inter pass rinsing I would be interested.

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