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September 22, 2008

Toothbrush?, originally uploaded by BogusBrazilian.

Switching to homemade soap was one of our first green changes and immediately after that we made our own shaving cream. Actually now that I look at those posts I realize it was the other way around… Anyway after that we stalled in greening our personal care practices. Between the two of us we had four tubes of tooth paste in various stages of usage, two electric toothbrushes with extra heads, and a medicine cabinet full of hair and face products (mostly mine).

We have finally donated, given away or used most of our store bought personal care products and are ready to make some of our own. Unfortunately we can’t make our own toothbrushes so we did the next best thing and bought Preserve Toothbrushes. I’ve noticed many other bloggers making this switch and would have done it sooner except throwing out a perfectly good toothbrush seemed rather wasteful. I did stop using the battery in mine and Jeff stopped charging his so we weren’t using the additional power that we could easily generate with a little wrist action.

The handles are made of 100% recycled plastic as is the case we doubles as a travel case. The website specifies that the bristles are made from virgin nylon. I suppose the idea is that people would be hesitant to use recycled nylon? Honestly I don’t know much about nylon or the process that goes into it but I’ve learned to be leery of the term virgin since it usually means we are using more of mother nature’s resources than is necessary. After using the toothbrush (dentist’s recommend replacing your toothbrush every three months) you mail it back in a postage paid envelope to be turned into plastic lumber. It’s a nice closed loop system and makes me feel better about not using a twig.

Once the last tube of paste runs out we are going to try our hand at making our own tooth powder. I saw some in Whole Foods but it was rather expensive and it came in plastic. It also had the same ingredients we were going to use so we will stick with our original idea. We bought the vegetable glycerine and peppermint extract today to combine with baking soda and salt. Seems really easy- we’ll let you know how it goes!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2008 7:26 pm

    Nice! We have been using Preserve for over a year now I think and really like that I can mail it back…semi-guilt free. I did ask my hubby the chem. engineer who says that nylon & virgin-free nylon; recycling the nylon can be just as bad as making it from fresh…i’ll have to blog about this one day. 🙂

  2. September 23, 2008 7:46 am

    I was just thinking about this last night as I was brushing me teeth. We’ve been using up products as well before we switch (don’t think it’s very green to throw something perfectly useful to buy something more green). I’ll have to check out these toothbrushes.

    We’re huge fans of Dr Bronner’s soaps here at Chiot’s Run. We’ve been using them for years (while backpacking) and they’re great. We use them for toothbrushing as well as many other things. They only think I don’t like them for is hair washing. Best part if they’re make from Fair Trade oils. Good for me and the environment.

  3. September 23, 2008 9:02 am

    You can also use your cold process soap as tooth soap. It’s a bit of an acquired taste 😉 But it works!

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