Brushing our teeth is a daily necessity and ritual we all do for oral health. Life wouldn’t be so rosy without our teeth, so oral hygiene is essential.
BUT did you know that the utensils we use.. the TOOTHBRUSH, is one of the largest polluters in landfills? Over 80 million pounds of toothbrushes are tossed into North American landfills each year. If we followed our dentist’s recommendations and replaced our toothbrushes every three months, we’d be throwing even more of them away. In fact, today, 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are produced each year. An unprecedented amount of plastic waste is created thus creating more landfill garbage.
But here are some ECO-FRIENDLY OPTIONS:
1. Toothbrush Recycling with RECYCLINE PRESERVE:
The handle of a Recycline Preserve toothbrush, designed by dentists, is made out of polypropylene plastic that has been recycled from used Stonyfield Yogurt cups. And when a Preserve toothbrush reaches the end of its effective life, consumers can either put it out on the curb in the blue bin with other recyclables (if your community offers #5 plastics recycling), or send it back to Recycline in a postage-paid envelope supplied to you with your purchase. It will then likely be reborn again as raw material for a picnic table, deck, boardwalk or other durable long-lasting product.
2. Toothbrushes with Replaceable Heads:
a) ECO-DENT: An eco-choice is the Terradent line of toothbrushes from Eco-Dent. These innovative toothbrushes have replaceable heads, so that once the bristles have worn out, consumers can retain the toothbrush handle and just snap on a new head, thus minimizing waste.
b) NORWEX TOOTHBRUSHES: Another option would be Canadian company, Norwex’s adult and kids toothbrushes. Their toothbrush heads are replaceable as well. And a BONUS is that the fibers have SILVER in them. On contact with water, the pure silver on the unique bristle base releases active ions that eliminate up to 99.9% of the bacteria commonly found on toothbrushes – one that cause plaque, cavities and gingivitus.
3. Sustainable Toothbrushes
**a) Brush With Bamboo: Brush with Bamboo offers sustainable bamboo handled toothbrushes with BPA-free bristles. This truly eco-friendly toothbrush also has degradable packaging and let’s not forget the handle will bio-degrade as it’s bamboo.
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b) Radius offers stylish recyclable toothbrushes that are made not from plastic at all but from naturally occurring cellulose derived from sustainable yield forests. Beyond its standard toothbrush line, the company also sells a battery-powered electric “Intelligent Toothbrush” that uses replaceable heads to reduce environmental impact. And the company will take back the handle for recycling once the battery has worn out, usually after about 18 months.
4. Toothbrush Subscriptions
Toothbrush Express offers a toothbrush recycling program similar to Recycline’s. Consumers can sign up to receive new toothbrushes from Toothbrush Express at predefined intervals ranging from monthly to semi-annually. And for only a few dollars extra, the company will include a postage-paid mailer inside each shipment for consumers to use to send their old toothbrushes back for recycling.
So, take a look at your toothbrush regime and consider one or more of these eco-friendly options.