#plasticfreejuly2020 – tip #2: oral hygiene

For those who care for the environment from early morning, the market offers many alternatives to plastic today.

Today we will deal with oral hygiene, which has produced large quantities of plastic waste over the years due to the huge amount of toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes released in the environment.

Traditional toothbrushes are normally made of non-recycled and non-recyclable plastic (polypropylene) and have nylon bristles. Their impact on the environment is therefore very high, considering that experts advise us to replace our toothbrush every 3 months: calculating an average life of 80 years, each one of us releases about 300 toothbrushes in the environment during their own life! But there is more and you should get ready to hear the worst part of the story: every toothbrush takes about 500 years to decompose!!!

Today, fortunately, there are many alternative proposals to the traditional toothbrush. From brushes with interchangeable heads to those with handles in natural and ecological materials, or even those with handles in recycled materials.

As for toothpaste, plastic-free alternatives have also multiplied over the years.

Some manufacturers have started to produce toothpaste in the form of tablets which, when chewed, release a perfumed cleaning foam into the mouth. Then there are solid toothpastes, with different flavors: mint, cinnamon, etc., which obviously are sold without a plastic wrap. Some shops, for example those that sell bulk products, sell toothpaste in glass bottles with the formula of “returnable vacuum”, equipped with a dispenser that can be easily removed from the old bottle and reassembled on the new one.

Finally, there are some species of thimbles specially made of completely recyclable material, which clean the teeth without having to use toothpaste and which work very well even when you cannot rinse your mouth with water.

 

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