Brushing your teeth is one of the most basic things you need to do to stay healthy. Much like sleeping, showering, exercising and making sure you eat plenty of fruit and vegetables; you should be in the habit of brushing your teeth daily (at least).
But brushing, flossing, using mouthwash… these things all generate waste. Every. Single. Day.
Waste, you say? From being healthy? Yes, even some of our most basic health needs contribute to waste in our landfills, waste in our oceans, waste along our highways. But before you start panicking and vow to never brush your teeth again, there are ways you can have a healthy mouth and contribute to a healthier environment.
Have you been seeking some easy ways to reduce oral hygiene waste? Seek no further but prepare to change your habits for good.
Ways to reduce oral hygiene waste
There are several ways to reduce oral hygiene waste, and don’t worry, they’re all easy to do.
Say goodbye to plastic and switch to reusable bamboo toothbrushes
Did you know that the average person uses 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime? Think of all those discarded plastic toothbrushes! As one of your first tips to reduce oral care waste, you can switch to a reusable bamboo toothbrush. Eco-friendly and effective, they’ll help you keep your teeth, and your conscience clean.
Ditch the toothpaste tubes for eco-friendly toothpaste pods
Plastic toothpaste tubes are another form of oral hygiene waste that you can make disappear. Why deal with the mess and hassle of a toothpaste tube when you can try a zero waste toothpaste instead? Poppits are an eco-friendly toothpaste solution! These individual toothpaste pods come packed in recyclable aluminum containers. No plastic. Each water-soluble pod is filled with the dentist recommended amount of toothpaste to help you enjoy a clean, fresh feeling every time you brush. No mess, no fuss – just an eco-friendly toothpaste.
Buy reusable packs for your oral care products
In addition to bamboo toothbrushes and zero-waste toothpaste, you can also buy reusable oral care products. Bamboo interdental brushes and refillable mouthwash containers are ideal for cutting down on your use of plastic and for making sure you waste less overall.
Stop using disposable toothbrushes
Disposable plastic toothbrushes might be convenient for when you’re on the go and they are cheap – but are they convenient for the environment? With the availability of reusable bamboo toothbrushes and even electronic oral care systems today, there’s no need to rely on disposable products.
Control how much water you use
Have you ever wondered how much water you waste when brushing your teeth? Why not find out? The answer could (and should) shock you. Water already is one of our most precious natural resources and it is rapidly becoming more and more precious. Preventing overuse of natural resources like water is vital to our present and especially to our future. So, how do we do it at home? The simplest solution is to stop running the water while you brush your teeth – how easy is that?
Switch to plastic-free floss
Plastic dental floss may not seem like it takes up a lot of space in our landfills and oceans, but plastic always poses all kinds of problems to the environment. It takes forever to biodegrade and therefore even a little bit adds to plastic pollution. The good news is that Poppits corn-fiber floss is the perfect eco-friendly solution. It’s biodegradable, mint-flavored and made from all-natural ingredients. Plus, it comes in a glass bottle so there’s no plastic. Fantastic!
From eco-friendly toothbrushes to zero-waste toothpaste pods, there are a lot of ways to care for your mouth and Mother Earth at the same time. Join the revolution.