After all of the pictures in the news of plastics being pulled out of our marine animals, many of us have been taking a closer look at what we can do to eliminate our plastic waste.
Plastic lasts for 100s of years (sometimes more) but, ironically, it’s what we tend to throw it away after only few uses. After pictures of seas of plastics we’ve decided that it’s time for a change.
Here at the Tooth Doctors, we are especially interested in the new products that have come out to combat the over-use of plastic in keeping your smile healthy. Here are some of our favourites:
1. Electric Toothbrushes
While these aren’t plastic-free, they last MUCH longer than a regular toothbrush and do a better job brushing your teeth. They help the environment AND keep your mouth healthy.
2. Bamboo Toothbrushes
These toothbrushes are not plastic, use a very sustainable resource, AND keep our teeth shiny and clean! Check out these bamboo toothbrushes:
3. Glass Bottle Floss
Who wouldn’t love these nice bottles of floss on your bathroom counter? They look nice and are better for the environment!
4. Refillable Floss Bottles
While, like the electric toothbrushes, these are still (sometimes) plastic but they last much longer (muuuuccchhh longer) and therefore are much less plastic waste.
5. Water Flosser
A Water Flosser lasts for a longer time and does not contribute to floss wast either. These are particularly wonderful when you have braces (speaking from experience)!
6. Biodegradable Floss Picks
Some people prefer floss picks but don’t like the waste - now there are biodegradable floss picks that don’t last for 100s of years!
Those are some of the alternatives we’ve come across to lighten the plastic load on our earth. What have you come across? What are some products you are interested in using or already use to lighten your plastic use?