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The following content is sponsored by Henson Shaving
the history & evolution of shaving – visual capitalist
The art of shaving is a timeless practice.
The average person spends 3,000 hours of their life shaving, roughly the equivalent of one-third of an entire calendar year. But do you know how shaving came to be?
This infographic from our sponsor Henson Shaving looks at the history and evolution of shaving, from ancient times to the present day.
The rich history of shaving starts back in 3,000 BC. Let’s dive in.
3,000 – 332 BC: In Ancient Egypt, shaving was associated with status, wealth, and one’s standing in society. The appearance of facial hair implied that a person didn’t have enough money to visit a barber frequently. Albeit to a lesser degree, this way of thinking has bled into the 21st century, in that a clean shaven face is now associated with professionalism and success.
356 – 323 BC: In Ancient Greece, beards were the norm in society as people looked to the likes of Plato and Socrates.
Alexander the Great, however, was a trend setter and disrupted this status quo by practicing the clean shave. He became the first Greek ruler to have done so. In fact, he pointed out that a man’s beard could be grabbed easily, putting soldiers at a disadvantage during military combat. He therefore mandated his army shave their faces before battle.
100 – 44 BC: Appearances had a big part to play in Roman Republic, beards were seen as barbaric and “un-Roman”.
Julius Caesar, known for being fashion-forward and wearing a “loosely belted” toga, also plucked out his beard hairs, creating a trend that many Roman men followed. Emperor Augustus Caesar, who Julius was an uncle to, also shaved daily.
Shaving even had a spiritual component to it in Roman society. The first facial hairs of a young man were cut off and offered to the gods for blessing and good fortune. Celebrations and parties would ensue shortly after.
When we fast forward to the 18th century, major developments were made by what could best be described as the founding fathers of modern shaving.
1762: Jean-Jacques Perret, a Frenchman from Paris, designed the first model for a safety razor with a protective wooden safeguard attached to a regular straight razor. A safety razor is one with a protective device positioned between the edge of the blade and the skin, which results in less reliance on the steady hand and skill of a barber.
1847: William Henson revolutionized shaving with the design of the modern T-handled razor, which has carried forward to this day. This design places the blade at right angles on top of the handle, which resembles a hoe gardening tool.
1876: The Kampfe brothers are known for adding safety and efficacy improvements to Henson’s design though the star safety razor. They shortened the blade and set a frame from the handle by interposing a blade-holder, which quickly became popular.
1900: King C. Gillette used the existing designs at the time to create disposable razor cartridges. This was a key event in shaving history as disposable razors still populate the market today.
1914-1945: During the wars, most armies required their soldiers to shave. Clean shaves helped with functionality, like ensuring a tight seal with gas masks and other face equipment. They also helped instill a culture of discipline, which militaries are typically known for.
Cartridge razors became the predominant style of razor during and after the First World War, when the U.S. Army began issuing Gillette shaving kits to its servicemen.
After the two world wars, innovation in razor design came to somewhat of a halt. As patents began to expire, the shaving industry became increasingly corporatized.
This period in history of mass production, long assembly lines, and planned obsolescence has stretched to the present day, where people buy razors for a short period before replacing them.
Despite a rich history, the modern day shaving ecosystem is abundant with flaws. The market is flooded with cheap plastic cartridge razors and gimmicky marketing.
For instance, the number of blades on a razor has increased from one to up to five. However, there isn’t much data to suggest more blades results in a better shave. In fact, for many consumers, multiple-blades are a direct problem that results in ingrown hairs and razor burns.
A multi-blade razor cuts over the surface many times over, which is not suited for coarse hair or irritation prone skin. In particular, up to 30% of people experience some form of irritation from multi-blade cartridge razors. And for people of color who are more likely to have curly or coarse hairs, this figure can reach as high as 60%.
In addition, plastic cartridge razors contribute to the ongoing pollution crisis that society is facing.
The art of shaving has fallen off track during the last century. Fortunately, shavers around the world are beginning to change their ways, and are opting for quality over quantity, by choosing a Henson shave.
Henson Shaving is looking to disrupt the shaving industry by bucking the trends that have transpired over the last century. They have taken a 150-year-old idea and are executing on it with 21st century manufacturing and technology. Each razor’s precision results in tolerances thinner than one-third of a human hair. Other benefits include:
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Investing in the New World of Remote Work
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Since the COVID 19 pandemic, remote work has gone under a paradigm shift. This graphic breaks down the new world of work and for investors.
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The COVID-19 pandemic was a major catalyst in the future of work.
We quickly learned that work could be done practically anywhere. To emphasize the impact remote work culture has had, consider the fact that some 71% of Americans did some type of remote work in 2020, compared to just 20% pre-pandemic.
This infographic from eToro dives into the new world of remote work and explores the main trends investors need to know.
Remote work culture has been met with positivity by both workers and employers. While the benefits may vary from person to person, there are a key few that seem to resonate on a wide scale. For instance, 32% of survey respondents point to flexible scheduling as a top benefit.
In addition to happier workers, productivity has seen an untick as well. About 56% of workers report being slightly or considerably more productive during the pandemic. By contrast, only 28% report being either slightly less or considerably less productive.
Of course, the remote trend does not come without its fair share of challenges.
The most notable is being unable to unplug from work. This might be the result of constant and seemingly endless emails, or perhaps the lack of being able to physically leave your desk and office. The effects of digital burnout could be why 64% of workers surveyed say they prefer to commute again rather than sort through emails and why fake commutes are trending.
Here are the top challenges of working remotely:
Challenges and flaws to the remote model are inevitable. But so too are innovative solutions.
Portugal is one example, with recent labour laws passing prohibiting bosses from messaging you during the after work hours. What’s more, it’s likely that the remote work model may continue with further adjustments and fine tuning.
Ultimately, remote work will likely continue having its challenges, but for most, the benefits do appear to outweigh the costs.
And there are a number of indicators that suggest the remote trend is here to stay. For starters, mentioning’s of remote work in public company transcripts have soared. As have the number of remote job postings:
Unsurprisingly, the nature of work in certain industries is resulting in large disparities between remote adoption growth rates. For instance, software and IT remote job postings have more than doubled since September 2020, while retail has stayed flat (it’s a lot easier to code remotely compared to selling clothes).
But the broader overall trend for remote jobs continues to point upwards. In the long run, companies that choose not to lean into some form of a remote model might see their ability to attract talent falter.
Workers who say they prefer an office-only approach represent an extremely small slice—just 2%. Furthermore, some serious cost savings may be missed, the remote model can save an employer up to $10,000 a year, per employee, from real estate costs alone.
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By 2030, the cultured meat market could be worth $25 billion. Before you invest, here are the answers to your burning questions.
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Investors are injecting the cellular agriculture market with billions of dollars and making big bets on the future of cultured foods—otherwise known as cell-based, or lab-grown foods.
With more countries now evaluating the regulation of these products, could this be the year consumers embrace cultured meat products with open arms?
To answer your burning questions about investing in this nascent space, here’s everything you need to know from our sponsor CULT Food Science.
Cultured meat is genuine animal meat that is produced by cultivating animal cells in a controlled environment—eliminating the need to farm animals for food. Here is a step-by-step guide showing how cultured meat (also known as clean meat) is made:
Step 1:
Tissue is taken from the animal, for the purpose of extracting stem cells and creating cell lines.

Step 2:
The extracted stem cell lines are cultivated in a nutrient-rich environment, mimicking in-animal tissue growth and producing muscle fibers inside a bioreactor.
Step 3:
The muscle fibers are processed and mixed with additional fats and ingredients to assemble the finished meat product.
Because cultured meat is made of the same cell types and structure found in animal tissue, the sensory and nutritional profiles are like-for-like.
The benefits of cultured meat are three-pronged, in that there are a wide range of benefits for the planet, for people, and for animals that include:
As cultured meat products enter the mainstream, additional benefits such as affordability can be added to this list. According to experts, buying cultured meat may one day be cheaper than buying conventional meat products.
While consumer awareness of cultured food products is currently low, acceptance is growing across the globe. In fact, almost one-third of UK consumers are willing to try cultured meat because of its less intensive impact on the environment compared to conventional meat.
Depending on factors such as strong consumer demand, price parity, and innovation in cellular agriculture, the cultured meat market could explode within the next decade and be worth $25 billion by 2030 according to McKinsey.
Interestingly, the success of the cultured meat market will also bleed into other adjacent industries such as dairy, eggs, seafood, chocolate, and honey.
While we are merely in the early chapters of the cultured meat story, many countries are already spearheading the movement.
As cultured food products continue to edge their way into grocery stores, more regulatory approval pathways will become clear.
Capital flow into the cultured meat industry has shot up in recent years and shows no signs of slowing down.
According to Pitchbook, $366 million worth of investment was pumped into the market in 2020. Fast forward to 2021, and that figure jumps to $1 billion according to other sources—however it must be noted that this figure is merely an estimate.
Investments are coming from major companies such as Cargill, Mitsubishi, and Tyson. While celebrities such as Bill Gates and Richard Branson are also putting their money where their mouth is and fueling the growth of the industry.
So can you expect to see cultured meat products on the shelves of your local grocery store in the years to come? All signs point to yes.
CULT Food Science is an innovative investment platform advancing the technology behind the future of food with an exclusive focus on cultured meat, cultured dairy, and cell-based foods.
The company’s global portfolio spans four continents and includes exposure to a diverse pipeline of technologies and products, including:
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