Switching toothbrushes and floss

The only toothbrushes we’ve found that are 100% compostable are sold in Canada. Well, if we have to have it shipped from another country, how are we reducing our carbon footprint?

So, we decided to buy what’s offered locally. We’ve switched brands of dental floss and I’m trying out a Preserve toothbrush made from recycled yogurt cups. (They also sell recyclable razors and tongue cleaners.) The toothbrush works the same as any other toothbrush I’ve ever owned.

The dental floss is by Eco Dent. They claim it’s vegan waxed using rice bran, but I was more interested in the fact it has no plastic packaging. I found these at the Heritage Store, but any health food/natural foods store should carry them. No, we’re not getting paid to try them out or advertise, this is something I’m searching for on my own. So far, they’re the best product we’ve found. Do you know of something better? By all means, let us know!

Any ideas?  Here’s one. Maybe I’ll travel to see my girlfriend stationed in North Dakota, cross the Canadian border, and stock up on compostable toothbrushes and dental floss, AND bulk food that will last me for years. There’s an idea! 🙂

I’m serious. There’s an idea.


9 responses to “Switching toothbrushes and floss

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  2. Thanks for the interesting post. Even though those “compostable” toothbrushes appear to be certified by BPI, they would not be accepted in many Canadian municipal composting programs because they won’t break down quick enough, and can lead to contamination as people confuse the compostable ones with regular plastic ones.
    – John Watson, Waste Diversion Education Coordinator, Halton Region (Ontario, Canada)
    BLOG http://www.haltonrecycles.ca, TWITTER @HaltonRecycles

    • Thanks Mr. Watson for the educational information. Are there any compostable ones that do work well? I thought if they were compostable, they had to be made of wood. What if I broke the wood into pieces….wouldn’t that make it compost faster?

  3. That’s so cool! Another thing we can put in the compost and watch it disappear-naturally. 🙂 What was the name of the compostable tooth brush you found? I know of a compostable tooth brush sold by a company in Vancouver called “Lavish and Lime”, was that it?

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