We promised ourselves 2020 was our year to go green… but January has come and gone, time is scarce, work is hectic and money is tight, and we are yet to make these big eco changes. Tempted to push those new year resolutions to next year? You are not alone! But, hold on ….
Big changes can be daunting … and expensive. But if you take it step by step, one little corner of your life at a time, it’ll be easier than you think! And the bathroom is a good place to start. Today we will help you eco your dental routine with 4 easy swaps for you to turn to. Take them one by one at your own pace.
1. ECO YOUR TOOTHBRUSH
Is yours due for an update with bristles spreading all over? Resit picking up a pack of four plastic brushes … they will NEVER biodegrade. An estimated 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes are used worldwide every year. That’s an awful lot of NEVER-biodegrading plastic. We have two excellent alternatives for you:
First, the Humble Brush, made of biodegradable & sustainably-grown moso bamboo, one of very few FSC certified bamboo brushes (a must when you know that most are produced in China). The bristles are made of Nylon-6, not perfect, but one of the better plastics (the alternative is badger or pig hair, not endorsed by dentists and obviously involving animal hair … no thanks!).
Our second option is the cleverly designed click-on CALICO tootbrush, with a handle made either of bio-plastic or, the lush version, walnut wood. When ready to swap, keep the handle, remove the bristle head only, and click on a new one. This is our best eco option!
2. ECO YOUR TOOTHPASTE
You are sorted with your eco toothbrush, what will you squeeze onto it? Conventional toothpaste contains some nasty chemicals, invariably entering our waterways, causing serious water pollution. There are two main culprits; the first is sodium pyrophosphate. It causes excessive algal growth that, when decomposing, takes away oxygen from the water, creating dead zones where no marine animals or bacteria can live in. The second is a germ-killing chemical called Triclosan, known to disrupt the hormones and growth and development of marine living creatures. The plastic pollution from used toothpaste tube is also very extensive.To avoid all this unnecessary harm, oneStep gives you three options:
For those a little apprehensive about too much change, start with the HUMBLE ALL NATURAL TOOTHPASTE, which comes in a recycled plastic tube. helps you fight cavities; bleeding gums; bad breath; plaque; staining, and tooth loss. It comes in a mint, charcoal and, my personal favourite, coconut & salt.
A good halfway house is using GEORGANICS TOOTHTABLETS. Simply crush the tablet between your teeth and brush as usual with a wet toothbrush. A pot of 120 tablets will last you 8 weeks if used twice-daily.
For the brave souls willing to go all the way, go for the BIO-WHITE TOOTHPOWDER, a jar of all-natural organic tooth powder for everyday use to help you go tube-free. We stock two flavours: lemon (with gentle whitening properties) and peppermint. Both are made from high quality salts form Brittany and infused with wonderful natural herbs from Devon. This powder leaves your mouth feeling fresh as ever. I love it!
HUMBLE ALL NATURAL TOOTHPASTE: £4
GEORGANICS TOOTHTABLETS : £8.50
BIO-WHITE TOOTHPOWDER GLASS JAR: £5.50
BIO-WHITE TOOTHPOWDER REFILL BAG: £4.50
TOOTHTABS WITH FLUORIDE: £6
TOOTHTABS WITHOUT FLUORIDE: £6
3. ECO YOUR MOUTHWASH
Next let’s talk about mouthwash, their large plastic bottles and their unsavoury content (they do include Triclosan too!). Thankfully, we have a pretty good solution for you. Mouthwash tablets are made from entirely natural and non-toxic ingredients. Flavoured with organic orange oil, just add one tablet in a little water, wait a moment (whilst brushing away) .. and rinse. Ideal for everyday use and travel.
MOUTHWASH TABLETS: £8.50
4. ECO YOUR FLOSSING
And finally, if you’re super hygienic, or have plenty of time on your hands, you should probably listen up… this one is for the flossers. As many as 700 million plastic floss containers are discarded each year. It is estimated that over 100,000 sea mammals die each year from eating or getting tangled up in plastic waste. If you don’t want to contribute to this, I have two alternatives; i. Entirely plastic-free, this silk floss is the eco-conscious alternative to conventional polymer-based flosses, free from any synthetic chemicals that might be detrimental to both your health and the environment. This natural floss is made from cruelty free Ahimsa silk, coated with candelilla wax and flavoured with organic spearmint oil. It comes in a reusable glass flint with a steel dispenser lid, to be used again and again with Georganics 2×30 metres refills. ii. If you really can’t get away from the single use option, do it with cornstarch, not plastic. 50 floss picks with double threading, made primarily from corn starch and packaged in eco-friendly paper bag.
See… small changes to your dental hygiene routine can go a long way. Happy brushing!