By Jenn (TinyChoices.com) | August 7, 2007
It was time to purchase a new toothbrush. Before hitting the Overwhelming Carnival of Toothbrushs (i.e, the average U.S. pharmacy), I paused and reflected on all the toothbrushes I’ve known over the years. I envision most of them laying together in a garbage dump (one so big it’s visible from space), waiting to begin breaking down into smaller particles, which should take a good 1,000 years or so. But that’s ok, ’cause everyone knows that toothbrushes are very patient implements.
There are better enviro-options out there, and I wanted to use one. So the next time I visited my food Coop I surveyed the options and bought a Fuchs Ekotec replaceable-head toothbrush. At around $6 it was pricier than an average toothbrush, but considering that fancy disposable options now run around $3-4 a pop, and that the Fuchs Ekotec brush comes with a total of three heads equaling three toothbrushes, the price becomes moot. General opinion thus far: I like it just fine. I’m glad that the disposable part (the head) is small, and it’s neat to think that I could conceivably use this very same handle for the rest of my life.
Here are some other eco-options:
Preserve toothbrush: Made from 100% recycled polypropylene (mainly sourced from Stonyfield Farms yogurt cups), everything produced by this company is a winner. Use their postage-paid envelope to send the toothbrush when you’re finished with it, and they’ll recycle it into plastic lumber. I’ve bought their tableware, also made from 100% recycled/recyclable plastic, and keep it around to use at casual gatherings year after year. The company also make razors and drinking cups.
Eco-Dent replaceable head toothbrushes. Not much to say about them besides the replaceable-head part.
Radius toothbrush: The handle is made from “Wood Fiber blended with PLA, a plastic derived entirely from Nebraska maize. The resulting material is 100% renewal resource.” The disposable head is presumably made from regular ol’ plastic. I’ve always wondered what the draw of these jumbo toothbrushes is… anyone have personal experience with them?
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