Toothbrush

4 ways to Green Your Toothbrush

When it comes to toothbrushes and other dental care items and accessories, petroleum-based plastic is the main environmental culprit. By choosing toothbrushes and toothbrush holders made from recycled, sustainable, or biodegradable materials, as well as those with replaceable parts, you'll limit the amount of petroleum-based products in your bathroom. Seek out toothbrushes and dental floss that come with minimal or recycled packaging, and reuse your toothbrush as a household cleaning tool instead of throwing it out, to reduce the waste associated with these items.

  1. Use a green toothbrush

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    Keep waste out of the landfill and conserve resources by choosing a toothbrush made from eco-friendly materials, like recycled plastic, biodegradable materials, and replaceable parts.

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  2. Use an eco-friendly toothbrush holder

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    Give your toothbrush a green resting place by using a bamboo toothbrush holder, or try one made of recycled glass.

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  3. Use natural dental floss

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    The wax and other coatings on your dental floss may be a petroleum-derived, synthetic material. Opt for a brand with natural coatings, one that is cruelty-free, and one that does not use excess packaging to green your flossing routine.

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  4. Reuse your old toothbrush as a household cleaning tool

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    Once you're ready to replace your toothbrush, don't just pitch it—put it to use as a cleaning tool. It's the perfect scrub brush for small spaces and delicate surfaces.

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Comments

06/10/2010
1:53pm
J Chambers

Great points but this is a tough one. As a dentist we want people replacing their toothbrush frequently because we know it is better for their teeth - so that they still have them at age 80. Several manufacturers are becoming more environmentally conscious and I think that is the ultimate answer. Create a greener product.

J Chambers
http://www.bennettfamilydentistry.com/

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