July 31, 2015

Simple Swap #2: Plastic Toothbrushes

There are over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes produced every single  year. YES. Billion. (vomit)

What can we do to avoid this? Here's a Simple Swap solution to help prevent that unnecessary flow of plastic from  making it's way into the waste stream!




97 comments:

  1. I just happen to need a new toothbrush, too! I cannot wait to try a bamboo toothbrush! By the way, I love your sofa!

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  2. Please add in real subtitles or a paragraph or two summing up the information in the video.

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  3. Can you share a link to the product you recommend? Thanks a bunch.

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  4. Lauren, I find you super inspiring and this week I switched to a bamboo toothbrush and a menstrual cup! But I would like to inform you that since you care for the environment, the best diet would be vegan. I see you wear leather and leather is NOT good for the earth and obviously not for the poor cows who are skinned while conscious, among other things. I urge you to watch "Earthlings" so you can see how a meat/eggs/dairy/leather lifestyle is bad for your health, for the animals and especially the planet. Thanks for such a great site and for helping so many people see that it is totally possible to live without destroying the Earth! <3

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    1. You are so right!! That cannot be stressed enough!

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    2. Not everyone can survive of a vegan diet. Some people physically need meat. O bloods particularly. There are certain enzymes in protein from animals that no number of beans can replace. I am allergic to all fruit and nuts too. So literally all I can eat is meat, veggies and dairy if I want to avoid processed foods.

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  5. Done!!
    but the harder part is that there is no bambu toothbrush makers in France, only retailers.
    and in Mexico either... so, we have to order them and fly them in, which truly isn't that much sustainable right now. but it's a start.

    https://lespetitspasdejuls.wordpress.com/2015/05/12/find-of-the-week-a-bamboo-toothbrush-in-paris/

    Cheers to more actions like these!

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  6. I have tried wooden toothbrushes in the past, but found them too big to be efficient. I now use a toothbrush made out of recycled yogurt cups from a brand called Preserve, it is small enough to clean my teeth properly, and the pack contains detailed instructions on how you can recycle the toothbrush when it is time to replace it.

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  7. Hey Lauren! Thanks for videos, I love wathing them, they so inspire me! By the way I'm just very interested: are you vegetarian?

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  8. Can you put captions in your videos? I really want to watch but need the text. YouTube makes it really easy (google for instructions, they help you set the timings and everything) or even a transcript would be helpful. The auto-generated captions are, well, Google Translate;)

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  9. Would love to hear about the changes you have made since returning from your trip! How you have simplified even more!

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  10. Ehi Lauren! I'm from Italy! First of all sorry if my English in not correct. Then, I'm very impressed by your zero waste life. I'm a natural and envriomental sciences student and so I'm very intrested in ecological economy and sustainable developing.
    I have some doubst like the fact that in lots of country is not too simple have the products that you use, so to have it, people have to buy it in different country, that does it means more use of fuel. Even if it would be possible to buy them, it must be important that the products isn't import from another country but it must came from there. All to minimize fuel impact. What do you think?
    Thanks

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  11. People who travel to other countries bus from new york to tampa to enjoy the football tournament comes under this kind.

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  12. This is a great post, and I'll definitely make the switch. I think it would be helpful if you provided some recommendations on bamboo toothbrush brands.
    Also, I continued to think about who does the major purchasing of toothbrushes. I seem to always get toothbrushes from two sources (when I don't buy my own): dentists and hotel chains.
    If you could convince dentists to buy compostable toothbrushes for their patients (perhaps through the ADA) and hotel chains, who probably place enormous bulk purchases of toothbrushes for their hotels, it would probably have an enormous impact.

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  13. This web site is great! The toothpaste idea is simply amazing. I was always looking for organic toothpaste and now that this idea exists of mixing baking soda with coconut butter I do want to try this. Thanks Lauren for all that you do to educate us on how we can reduce harm to our planet

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  14. I don't have a compost pile but my local council do collect green waste such as food scraps and garden clippings which is then turned into putting mix etc. Do you think a bamboo toothbrush could go into a green waste bin?

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  15. got one couple of days ago. Unfortunately it triggers my gag reflect. The dry feel of the bamboo on my tongue is not the most pleasant one. Hope I get used to it. However if anyone has got another suggestion I'm all ears :D

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