𝐓𝐎𝐎𝐓𝐇𝐏𝐀𝐒𝐓𝐄 & 𝐓𝐎𝐎𝐓𝐇𝐁𝐑𝐔𝐒𝐇
Toothpaste tubes are a problem because the tube is made from a mix of aluminium and plastic. This is very hard to recycle.
20 Billion packs per year are sold globally (most of them sold in cardboard boxes).
Toothbrushes are also extremely disposable and often found on beaches.
Can you even believe the American Dental Association’s recommendation that you should replace your toothbrush 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝟹-𝟺 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘴?!?!?!
No wonder the US alone goes through over 1 billion toothbrushes a year.
None of them recycled or recyclable, until recently.
We are lucky to live in a time where you can find alternatives to toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Some ideas include:
– miswak toothbrushes
– bamboo toothbrushes like @thehumble.co
– toothpaste tablets like those by @helloproducts and @lush
– toothpaste gels by @lush
– toothpaste in recyclable aluminium like @weledafr
– even Colgate has launched a tube made from recycled milk bottles that can be recycled (that they have priced for the middle classes).
– I’ve even made my own, which is super easy and cheap, but doesn’t taste that great unless you add sweetener. There are lots of recipes online -just do a search for “homemade toothpaste”
The main thing is to brush… toothbrushes and toothpaste are relatively new inventions.
Oral health can impact your overall health too, from your sinuses to your heart, so it’s very important.
BUT we can use other products other than Colgate et al.