Week 13

woman brushing her teeth while looking in the mirror



We all know the importance of dental hygiene and most of us brush our teeth at least twice a day. If you're doing it right, you're even replacing your toothbrush every 3-4 months, as recommended by the American Dental Association. That means we go through a lot of toothbrushes. Read more →

five old toothbrushes

5 Ways to Reuse Your Old Toothbrush


Before you send that plastic toothbrush to a landfill for the next 500 years, why not get a little more life out it! Here are five great ways to reuse your old toothbrush. Read more →

three toothbrushes with different designs burned into them. One has floral design, one has under water fish design and one has the name Ali Rose burned in.

How to Personalize Your Bamboo Toothbrush


Bamboo toothbrushes are much better for the environment than their plastic counterparts. However, they often lack the distinguishing features, like color, that make them easy to tell apart. I share almost everything with my husband, but I draw the line at swapping toothbrushes. My first thought was to paint them different colors, but adding paint would mean it can no longer go into my compost bin. I also didn't want to risk adding any chemicals with a sharpie marker. I considered trying to dye them with natural colors like beet juice, but didn't think the bamboo would hold the color very well. Ultimately, I decided to use a wood-burning tool that could make cute designs without sacrificing the integrity of the bamboo. Read more →

woman's hand writing address on envelope

Asking your Dentist to Make Sustainable Changes


Call me a cheapskate, but I went years without buying a toothbrush, using only the ones I got in the goodie bag during my bi-annual dental visits. Even if I'm the only person saving money this way, I know that everyone who goes to the dentist receives a little goodie bag with a toothbrush and maybe even some other oral care products. This week, I'm writing to ask if my dentist might consider giving out bamboo toothbrushes instead of plastic ones, or set up a toothbrush recycling drop-off. Read more →