PLASTIC- FREE JULY: DAY 8

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Toothpaste tubes are a problem because the tube is made from a mix of aluminium and plastic. This is very hard to recycle.โฃ
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20 Billion packs per year are sold globally (most of them sold in cardboard boxes).โฃ
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Toothbrushes are also extremely disposable and often found on beaches. โฃ
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Can you even believe the American Dental Association’s recommendation that you should replace your toothbrush ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐Ÿน-๐Ÿบ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ด?!?!?!โฃ
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No wonder the US alone goes through over 1 billion toothbrushes a year. โฃ
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None of them recycled or recyclable, until recently. โฃ
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We are lucky to live in a time where you can find alternatives to toothbrushes and toothpaste.โฃ
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Some ideas include:โฃ
– miswak toothbrushes โฃ
– bamboo toothbrushes likeย @thehumble.coโฃ
– toothpaste tablets like those byย @helloproductsย andย @lushย โฃ
– toothpaste gels byย @lushโฃ
– toothpaste in recyclable aluminium likeย @weledafrโฃ
– even Colgate has launched a tube made from recycled milk bottles that can be recycled (that they have priced for the middle classes).โฃ
– 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”โฃ
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The main thing is to brush… toothbrushes and toothpaste are relatively new inventions. โฃ
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Oral health can impact your overall health too, from your sinuses to your heart, so it’s very important. โฃ
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BUT we can use other products other than Colgate et al. โฃ