Thursday, January 31, 2008

Three R Thursday #4 - Something To Smile About

Fifty Million pounds of toothbrushes end up in our landfills each year. Imagine how high that number would be if we followed the advice of our dentists and actually replaced our toothbrushes every 3 months!

A toothbrush developed by Recycline called Preserve is a simple solution to this problem. The Preserve toothbrush is made from recycled plastics. They have formed a partnership with Stonyfield Farm Yogurt – the recycled yogurt containers are used to make the
toothbrush handles. The Recycline website is very informative and does a great job describing their Plastics Recycling Process.

I can’t believe I’m this excited about toothbrushes . . . man has my life changed.

Today at Trader Joe’s I picked up a couple of Preserve Toothbrushes along with 2 pre-paid postage return envelopes. At the end of its lifecycle, you use these envelopes to return the toothbrushes, and they will repurpose them. Even their packaging is made from recyclable materials, and the clear container it comes in has "breathable" air holes making it useful for travel purposes.

The Preserve is available at natural food supermarkets such as Whole Foods Market, Wild Oats, and Trader Joe's. There are also many online sites offering Recycline’s products (like Amazon) – there are even Preserve Jr. Toothbrushes for your little ones.

Bonus: If you shop at Trader Joe's and use your own bags you can be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card.

Take a look at some Bloggers who are making a difference. They are making small changes that will have a huge impact and help REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE.
  • Playful Professional at Play More, Laugh More, Live More hosted a clothing swap for her "Girls Night Out". You could also organize one with your "Mom's Group" for swapping kids clothes.
  • Tickled Pink shares 13 little ways her family is going green.
  • SortaCrunchy is looking for Another Way to free herself from all the "stuff".
These are all great examples of how small changes can make a big difference. Please share your small changes with us!


Playful Professional said...

Thanks for linking me. I like this toothbrush idea. I'm gonna have to find a Trader's Joe near me.

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

Oh, I WISH we had Trader Joe's down here. But we do have Whole Foods - the ORIGINAL store is just up the road from me.

Now, how cool is this? Thanks for the heads-up on it.

And I didn't have a chance to email you back yesterday, but you can link to me any ol' time you want to. ;)

Alana said...

I with Megan. So wish we had a Trader Joes nearby. I love it!

I have to admit toothbrushes are not one of those things I thought about as being an environmental problem. This sounds like a great solution.