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Preserve!

Have you ever heard of Preserve recycled toothbrushes? I’ve been using them for years and wouldn’t use any other kind. Not only are they made from recycled yogurt cups (the bristles are new!), but Preserve worked closely with dental professionals to develop a toothbrush with an ergonomic handle for hard-to-reach places and a three-level bristle arrangement for thorough cleaning. Unlike most toothbrushes, Preserve’s minimize your impact on the environment.

Preserve’s high quality products are made from 100% recycled, BPA-free plastic, are dishwasher safe, and made in the US. Preserve is a company truly walking the walk, totally dedicated to doing the right thing by the earth, including conducting tests to ensure the safety of the recycled plastic. Preserve’s product line includes sleek new razors and a stylish, functional and durable line of reusable tableware and kitchenware like colanders, food containers, measuring cups, and cutting boards.  

Recycling is also a priority of Preserve. In addition to their toothbrush take back program, Preserve collaborates with Whole Foods, Stonyfield Farms, Plum Organics, Keurig and others in the “Gimme 5” recycling program. Gimme 5 bins are placed at 250 Whole Food locations across the county where anyone can drop of #5 plastics including caps from Plum Organics and other similar products, which so often don’t make it into the recycling stream.  Or you can take advantage of their mail back programs.

Preserve has recycled more than half a million pounds of plastic, thereby decreasing waste sent to landfills, reducing use of non-renewable resources like natural gas and oil, and decreasing energy use and carbon dioxide emissions.

What a difference it would make if more companies approached business like Preserve! Support companies doing the right thing without comprising quality. For more information, click here.

 

Special Offer

Take advantage of Preserve’s generous 6-month offer for a 10% discount off any order placed on line before July 15. Simply use the promo code “BWILD” at checkout.

 

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What Do You Do With An Old Toothbrush?

Three toothbrushes, photo taken in Sweden

Three toothbrushes, photo taken in Sweden (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When something I use in my daily life wears out and needs replacing, I think “How do I dispose of this?  I can’t throw this in the landfill!  What else can I do with it?”  A used toothbrush is an example. Dentists recommend replacing our toothbrushes every 3 – 4 months.  Multiplied by the number of people in the world, that’s a lot of plastic toothbrushes thrown away.  According to recycling experts, 450 million of them end up in the landfill annually!  How do we avoid that?

First of all you can reuse an old toothbrush and give it a new purpose.  They make a perfect little cleaning brush once you have cleaned it thoroughly.  It’s a good idea to label it “cleaning brush” so it won’t be mistaken for a usable toothbrush.  They are useful for cleaning those hard to get at cracks and crevices, for shining up jewelry, or for cleaning the grooves in bike or chainsaw chains.   Old toothbrushes are ideal for cleaning bathroom grout or around the drain in showers and sinks.  You can even use them to remove tough stains from clothing.  Simply put a stain remover on the stain and use the toothbrush to scrub.  Toothbrushes are good for cleaning electronics like your keyboard and computer monitor, or dust from the air conditioner or from the wire-mesh of a hair dryer.  They are excellent for cleaning silver; they can get into those crevices.  Old toothbrushes are good for cleaning under your nails or for cleaning the mud or dog poop off the bottom of your shoes.  How about brushing your dog or cat’s teeth with your old toothbrush?  Art projects?  The ideas are endless!

Eventually toothbrushes are thrown away.  I buy the brand Preserve, which makes toothbrushes with 100% recycled handles and actually come in a postage-paid mailer to conveniently mail back your old one for recycling.  Another company called World Centric has created a line of compostable toothbrushes and travel cases that are made from a plant-based resin called Ingeo designed to fully compost within three to six months when sent to a commercial composting facility.  They also provide a prepaid envelope to return the old toothbrush in.  Both products are available at natural food stores, at most Whole Foods and on-line; Trader Joe’s sells Preserve.

It’s thrilling to see people and companies making progress in reducing trash.

Information compiled from www.squidoo.com,  www.wikihow.com and Cape Cod Times.