Copyright 2016 ASSG
“A company based in Scotland, is delighted to report that they have finally developed a new hygiene product that will revolutionise the sustainability of waste created with disposable razors. Ensis ensis, the common razor clam, until now has only been sold to the high price markets in Hong Kong and the Far East. Managing Director, Daisy O’Farllop has said that now in Scotland with their new patented system, it is possible to grind the edge of the shell in such a way that the shell is able to be used for daily shaving, whilst maintaining a perfect edge.
Daisy said, “With the new system, these razors stay sharp enough to shave for up to a week, and then can be disposed in an environmentally sound way.” In the factory in Argyll, there is a team of five people shucking razor clams, producing enough shells for the current demand. The meats are frozen and exported to the Far East, but the price obtained is significantly lower than the fresh market. “With growing demand like this, and a good supply of razors from the boats, we hope to be able to develop the range further and offer the slightly smaller shells for the women’s market” she said. “The support we have received from the ASSG has been superb, and we are delighted to have been asked to present our business at the ASSG conference in October 2016. We have been approached by Gillette to produce a very high end razor. Gillette at the moment produce millions of razors for the mass market, but this would be a new venture for them, heading into the high end market. We are working with a team from Glasgow on the packaging, which will be both practical and environment friendly.”
The patented system consists of two high speed rollers, with a diamond edge on each side. The razor shells are lined up in the automatic loader, and then they are fed into the machine at a rate of about 50 / minute. Using the scientific knowledge the team have obtained from the Far East, where the art of polishing shells for display has been perfected. During this early stage, the machines have been running at over 98% efficiency, with only 6% waste from broken shells.
“The limiting factor however is the supply of good quality razor shells, and this needs to be addressed. Too many of the straightest shells are being exported as a live product, but we must think to add value. Quite a lot of the shells we use have a natural curve on them, but as nature has perfected, this aligns perfectly with the contours of the skin, achieving the closest of shaves. Scotland’s fresh seafood is famous throughout the world, but we must add value to our products to maximise the returns,” she said.
The new ladies shaving product “Sensis ensis” will be launched in the autumn this year. Please do visit www.sensisensis.com for more details.