The future of shaving is here — and it doesn't involve a blade

Oct 1, 2015 at 11:10 p.m. ET

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that over 2 billion disposable razors are tossed into our landfills each year.

That's a huge number, but there are few other options for cost-effective hair removal.

Laser hair removal is expensive and time-consuming, while electrolysis can be seriously painful (and also expensive). And then there's waxing, which is just straight-up torture. But now, researchers have created a new type of razor that uses laser technology to remove hair in a way that is both cost-effective and irritation-free.

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The researchers are currently raising money on Kickstarter to create the unbelievable-but-real razor they call Skarp, using the Swedish word for "sharp." According to the creators, the Skarp razor uses laser technology to "melt" hair off at the skin level without burning, leaving behind smooth skin that's free of irritation, razor burn and cuts.

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It's also more environmentally-friendly because it won't require replacement cartridges — and, bonus, you don't have to use shaving cream or water to shave, a feature especially attractive for those areas of the world suffering from crippling droughts.

They're still perfecting the product, but a release in 2016 is looking pretty good, considering so far they've raised almost $2.6 million (and counting) toward the production and manufacture of Skarp — far more than their initial goal of $160,000. There are still several days left in the campaign, so there's still time to get in on the "future of shaving" before everyone else.

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