Without turning this into an debate about the merits of conserving water, I'm curious how many of us use a full sink of water for our shaves every morning versus just rinsing out the razor under running water when needed.
When I started wet shaving not too long ago, I was really drawn to the comforting ritual of it: the relaxing act of lathering, the ties to tradition, the satisfaction of acquiring and mastering a new skill. I was also drawn to the conservation of wet shaving: blades can be recycled, less trashing of plastics from disposable cartridges, less metal waste from discarding aerosol cans, no propellants.
From the start, however, it always seemed to me that a lot of water was being used.
I guess because of that, and the fact that I have a fairly light beard that doesn't require a ton of work (and the fact that my sink isn't always the cleanest ), I've been doing this: soaking my brush in a small bowl as I shower, then shaking it out to start face lathering when I get out. Instead of rinsing my razor in a sink full of water, I'll just rinse it briefly under running hot water when needed and then turn off the faucet until the next rinse.
When it's cold outside, I will use a scuttle to keep my brush/cream warm.
It's worked for me so far and seem to use just a small fraction of the water it would take to fill up the sink. I would think that over the course of years, a lot of water will be saved.
What are your thoughts? I've seen a lot of folks professing the conservational aspects of wet shaving, but I haven't seen a discussion regarding the amount of water being used.
P.S. - OK, I just saw this thread: http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=135443 which discusses water use somewhat.