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A dental routine is an important part of everyone’s daily life. From an infant, we are told to brush our teeth twice a day, floss regularly (admittingly something I need to be better at!) and maintain a glimmering smile. It’s incredibly important to maintain this routine as, after all, we are only given one set of teeth. However, what is often not discussed is how to create a greener dental routine.
TV advert after TV advert shows a smiling woman, brushing her teeth with a plastic brush, with the latest whitening toothpaste (in plastic, of course!). Well, today I want to talk about how you can create a more eco-friendly dental routine. How plastic, waste and everything in between doesn’t have to be your everyday. There are many ways to a whiter smile, with the earth not having to suffer in the process!
Switch to a Bamboo Toothbrush or Recyclable Toothbrush Head
Moving away from a plastic toothbrush is a great starting point to being greener. Plastic toothbrushes aren’t recyclable (due to them being made of a mix of materials). By throwing away a plastic toothbrush or head, you are adding yet more waste to landfill. Therefore, a bamboo toothbrush is a definite planet-friendly swap, due to the degradable materials it is composed of!
Alternatively, if you own an electric toothbrush such as myself, I use Brushd toothbrushes heads. Despite being made of plastic, the company provide a paid-for returns label with each purchase so you can post the heads back. They then recycle them, creating a circular approach to buying dental products. To quote Brushd, “The heads are separated by composition, shredded and melted ready to be made into new products”.
Choose Eco-Friendly Dental Brands
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The consumer has a lot of power when choosing what brands to invest money in. Choosing more eco-friendly brands that are doing great things to cut waste, use greener materials and adapt product offerings, is one we should all sway towards. An example is DenTek, who are on a mission to source greener materials for their dental products.
Their products, as pictured, are made using plant-based, bio-resin which reduces carbon by 80% in the production process. Adding to this, their products are fully recyclable and petroleum-free -an incredibly important factor considering petroleum is a key component of plastic (and we all know how damaging they are to the planet!)
I fully admire companies who are taking steps to consider their footprint on the planet, and the natural resources they are extracting in their production process. Therefore, choosing companies such as DenTek who are considerate of a greener dental routine, is admirable.
You can read more about DenTek’s Sustainability pledge here.
Waste Less = Greener Dental Routine!
When it comes to toothpaste, it can be hard to move away from the 90p Colgate that is so readily available on the high street. Especially with the cost of living so high globally. A waste-reducing hack I have found with plastic-tubed toothpaste is to find a recycling bin which accepts the tubes. In the UK, Boots have a recycling bin which accepts toothpaste tubes, meaning you are not sending plastic to landfill!
However, a way to banish plastic from your dental routine completely is toothpaste tablets. Personally, I have not made the switch as of yet, so cannot comment if they work. An example is Geoorganics toothpaste tablets, which come as a hard tablet, which foams up like a toothpaste upon chewing. Definitely, a consideration if you have the means to move away from the norm!
7 thoughts on “3 Ways to a Greener Dental Routine”
I switched to toothpaste tablets and a bamboo toothbrush a couple of years ago. I also use silk floss in a refillable metal container. I see Oral B now sells floss in cardboard packaging. I might give that a try next.
That’s really great, I use recyclable toothbrush heads! Refillable floss too – I do feel small changes like these make a big difference.
Totally agree. I’ve been working on reducing waste for 3 years and I am still finding new products and small tweaks.
I have a bamboo toothbrush and it’s just as good as a normal toothbrush! These are great ways to have a greener dental routine! x
Lucy | http://www.lucymary.co.uk
That’s amazing! Yeah often there isn’t much of a difference in plastic-free versions (aisde from price!) – so good. Thank you
You’ve really educated me on how to change up my dental routine to become more eco-friendly and I’ll for sure be making some changes. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely! Xo
Elle – ellegracedeveson.com
Ah amazing, glad you found this informative! xx