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Eco-friendly Brushing and More

Posted on June 17, 2018 by Matt Tomasino There have been 0 comments

You do it everyday (hopefully) but how much mindfulness do you put into it? Taking care of your teeth is a necessary part of your daily hygiene protocol. However, there are several ways you can make your oral health experience more Eco-friendly. You may not have considered parts of your dental routine that can easily be adjusted, yet there are small practices that add up to better health while saving a struggling environment.

A Running Problem

It may come as no surprise that running the water in your bathroom while brushing your teeth is a wasteful habit. You may think, “Is there really much harm done in the short time it takes to get my pearly whites clean?” Yes, the statistics are astounding.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),

“Turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can save 8 gallons of water per day and, while shaving, can save 10 gallons of water per shave. Assuming you brush your teeth twice daily and shave 5 times per week, you could save nearly 5,700 gallons per year.”

Some people have installed water sensors in their home. These sensors allow a pre-programmed time the water will run then shutoff. This is a great home improvement addition especially if you have small children that don’t understand how important it is to shut the water off.

Your Toothbrush Choice

Plastic has become a major environmental hazard compromising our land, water and air with manufacturing and waste pollution. It contributes to some horrifying wildlife dangers putting every species from fish to birds to bears in harm’s way. Therefore, choosing a proper toothbrush that is not made from toxic plastics offers another opportunity to stop environmental compromises.

Choosing a toothbrush made from 100% recycled, plant-based materials and getting as many other people to do so could make a big difference. Discarded, plastic toothbrushes are dumped into landfills to the tune of 450 million per year. Look for natural materials that  will rapidly decompose rather than leach poisons into the environment.

Treehugger reports on what to look for:

  • Canadian company Life Without Plastic offers toothbrushes made with an organic wild bamboo handle and bristles made from 62% castor bean oil and 38% nylon. Another model has a handle made from beechwood, rubbed with linseed oil, and bristles from pig hair.
  • Brushes from USA made company Bogobrush creating product from leftover plant material found on American farms turned into compostable bioplastics
  • Radius brushes made from cellulose (plastic generated from wood) and vegetable-based nylon bristles, meaning that they’re entirely free from petroleum
  • The Source Model toothbrush has a removable head and handle made of “repurposed and recycled materials — like wood, paper and even recycled dollar bills — for a beautiful, natural look and feel.”
  • Recycled aluminum brushes from the Goodwell Company come with replaceable heads or there are sustainably harvested bamboo toothbrushes with binchotan charcoal-infused bristles. The charcoal balances the pH in your mouth and fights bad breath

There are many non-toxic options beyond the conventional dyed, Eco-unfriendly plastic toothbrushes out there. Look for something unique and green to incorporate into your teeth brushing experience.

Put The Toothpaste Back In The Tube

Conventional toothpaste doesn’t always have the full picture in mind. Yes there is fluoride and maybe some whitening ingredients in these mainstream formulas but for the most part each is just another minty tasting chemical sludge.

Sierra Club reports on some toxic ingredients in your conventional toothpaste you may not be aware of. These include:

  • Dyes
  • Sugars
  • Sulfates - Chemicals that can cause irritation to the skin and mouth.
  • Microbeads - Small plastic beads that can get trapped in your gums and lead to gingivitis.
  • Triclosan - An antimicrobial and antifungal agent linked to the evolution of stronger bacteria capable of resisting antibiotics.

Stick to natural toothpaste brands such as: Nature’s Gate, Desert Essence, and Tom’s of Maine. Choosing more natural toothpaste ingredients could not only improve your oral health and hygiene but most natural toothpaste manufacturers embrace Eco-friendly production. Also look for green floss and mouthwash to stay as Eco-friendly as possible.

Green Dentists

As you make green adjustments in your dental care at home, try searching for a green dentist to visit twice per year. Many more practitioners are embracing Eco-friendly dentistry which consists of using anything from natural industrial cleaning agents to state-of-the-art green working equipment.

Delta Dental reports on Eco-friendly dentistry techniques which include:

  • Using digital technology for everything from x-ray equipment to patient records
  • Offering non-mercury fillings and have an amalgam separator (now required by law) to avoid adding toxins to wastewater
  • Purchasing environmentally friendly dental, cleaning, and office products
  • Running purifying equipment to keep toxins out of the office air
  • Educating patients on Eco-friendly and healthy ways to care for their teeth

 

Switch up your daily dental drill by replacing with Eco-friendly brushing and more. It can be a good choice for future health both personally and environmentally.


This post was posted in Blog and Green Library, Health and Safety, Your Green Home and was tagged with COMPOSTABLE, eco-friendly, green office, green toothbrush, HEALTH SENSITIVE, Home Improvement

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