Eco-friendly this, eco-friendly that...it's everywhere and with good reason, we need to take care of our planet as much as we possibly can. The good news is that we're finding ways to become more environmentally friendly and live more sustainably as we follow the 3 R’s - reduce, reuse and recycle.
The one place that's overlooked when it comes to plastic waste is your bathroom. There's plastic everywhere, especially in the oral care department with plastic toothbrushes, tubes of toothpaste, and countless metres of plastic floss (not to mention the masses of plastic packaging). We're going to take a deeper dive into the problems with traditional oral care products and show you some simple swaps you can make.
The Oral Care Plastic Conundrum
You wake up one morning and head to your bathroom, you notice the bristles of your toothbrush are pointing in 100 different directions, so what do you do? You grab a fresh pack and get yourself a new toothbrush. Your old one goes in the bin, and you repeat this cycle every few months - that's a lot of wasted plastic that can't be recycled.
We’re advised by our dentists to replace our toothbrushes every 3 months - that's 4 toothbrushes a year per person. With a population of 67 million in the UK, that's around 268 million toothbrushes thrown away every year - crazy numbers.
It's also no surprise that toothpaste tubes aren't very eco-friendly either. Not only are they made with plastic, but they also contain a layer of metal on the inside that can't be separated which makes recycling them near impossible. The British Dental Journal reports that the UK as a population uses a whopping 300 million tubes of toothpaste every year, and on average it takes 500 years for a toothpaste tube to fully biodegrade when it reaches landfill sites.
Dental floss is the next culprit and surprise, surprise, it can't be recycled either. In fact, for dental floss to biodegrade, you're looking at 50-80 years. Now think about how much floss is used per person every day...we're talking millions of metres of floss being wasted every year.
Now we aren't saying that you need to stop brushing your teeth or start giving up on flossing because who doesn't want to take care of their pearly whites? The problem is that whilst dental care products do wonders for our oral hygiene, they have a negative impact on the planet...though there is a solution on the horizon.
Go Eco with Your Oral Care
Thankfully, things are being done to make dental care products better for our environment, without comprising on oral health. You can still get your minty fresh breath and take care of your perfect smile with plastic-free dental products. You'll also be avoiding putting chemicals in your body that can sometimes be found in traditional toothpastes and mouthwashes, such as parabens and sulphates.
It's time to start swapping out your plastics and start doing your bit for the environment - but where do you begin with your newfound oral care routine?
You've probably heard of bamboo toothbrushes before which are a great swap for pesky plastic toothbrushes, but what about brushes made from cornstarch? The Natural Family Biodegradable Toothbrush packs contain 2 brushes that are sturdy and long lasting to keep you covered for a few months. They’re comfortable to use and feel no different to your original toothbrush – except they’re better for our environment. These brushes have soft bristles which will gently clean and care for your teeth to reveal your beautiful smile.
So that's your eco-friendly toothbrush sorted, but you obviously can't clean your teeth without using toothpaste – though as we mentioned, toothpaste tubes are adding to the plastic crisis, so what do we switch to?
Brushd Toothpaste Tablets - yes, they're a thing. They're super convenient and come in a handy glass jar which makes them a great option to help reduce our plastic footprint. There are 125 tablets in a jar, so you’ll be stocked up for a while.
If you're wondering how you use these tablets, they're a little different from your traditional toothpaste: chew down on one tablet and brush your teeth clean with a wet toothbrush - you'll still get your fresh minty flavour but without any toxic chemicals.
The Modern Mouthwash
Mouthwash tablets are also a thing? Indeed, they are, and we love them. These Brushd Peppermint Mouthwash Tablets offer great convenience, there’s zero plastic involved, and they’ll leave your mouth with a fresh minty taste. So, they’re good for your oral health and help to your reduce plastic wastage, what's not to love?
Just pop one tablet into a glass of water, let it dissolve and then gargle away before spitting out. The glass jar is perfectly sized to take with you on the go just in case you ever need to freshen your breath before an important meeting...or before a date?
Not a fan of tablets and want to stay traditional? No problem, there's another brand that's acting on plastic wastage whilst offering good quality, oral care products - Waken. Their ready to use mouthwashes are packaged in bathroom shelf worthy bottles that are made from 50% plant-based and 50% recycled materials.
Forget your morning fruit smoothie, check out Waken's funky Strawberry & Mint Fluoride Mouthwash for a fresher breath and fruity taste in the morning. They've also got your standard mint flavours which you can find here.
Detailed Dental Care
Calling all flossers...we need to talk.
Flossing is great and good on you if you do it, but your traditional floss can be quite a burden on our planet and oceans. Some floss' are made to be unbreakable, sounds great right? Think again. When these little pools of unbreakable floss end up in our oceans, they have a terrible impact on marine life. Animals either end up being suffocated by these loose strings of floss, or they ingest it, and it stays in their stomach for years, causing them serious health issues.
So fellow flossers, it's time to switch out your plastic floss for Brushd's Corn Dental Floss which is made with premium, natural materials. There’s zero negative impact with this corn-based floss as it will degrade back to nature after use.
For those of you that don't like the idea of flossing, you can still clean those hard-to-reach areas with Brushd's Interdental Brushes. They’re similar to the ones your dentist recommends (the TePe ones) except these ones are better for the environment. Essentially, they're tiny little brushes that can find their way in between your teeth to remove any plaque build-up or loose bits of food.
Your Newfound Oral Care Routine
And there you have it; those are all the swaps you need to make to introduce a more eco-friendy oral care routine. These swaps are simple to make and will have a great impact on reducing your plastic wastage as you’ll be introducing more planet-friendly materials.
Get spreading the word about the negative impact of traditional dental care products to your friends and family and show them how they can reduce their plastic footprint.