Oral Care

Week 15

mouthwash bottle

Oral Care Products


We've already switched to bamboo toothbrushes and ethical, plastic-free toothpaste, but there are still a few oral care items that need our attention. All oral care products contribute to our plastic waste problem. A few more dental products to consider replacing are teeth whitening strips, which are made using thin plastic sheets; disposable gum stimulators, also made of mixed plastic; and toothpicks, which are simply a waste of resources. Read more →

toothbrush, toothpaste tablets, floss, and tongue scraper in shape of smiley face

8 Low Waste Products for your Oral Care Routine


Bamboo toothbrush The average adult uses 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime. Instead of sending 300 plastic toothbrushes to a landfill, find a biodegradable bamboo one to brush those pearly whites. This bamboo toothbrush from Bite is 100% plant-based and biodegradable. Read more →

floss container that has been upcycled to sewing kit with black thread, needle and button

Make a Floss Container Sewing Kit


Old floss containers are made of mixed materials that are difficult to recycle. Instead of tossing yours into the garbage, upcycle it into a cute travel sewing kit! The spool inside is perfect for adding thread and the sharp metal piece doubles as a convenient thread cutter, so you won't need scissors when you're out and about. Read more →

woman's hand writing address on envelope

Letter Asking for Plastic-Free Mouthwash


Mouthwash bottles are typically made of #1 plastics, which are generally curbside recyclable. However, since the EPA has reported that a mere 8% of plastics are actually recycled, it's best to avoid plastics where we can. This week's letter asks leading mouthwash brand, Listerine, to take steps towards eliminating plastic from their bottles. Read more →