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Eco-Updates: 3 Ways You Can Help Protect the Planet

April 15, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steven Branberg @ 2:30 pm
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In the hustle and bustle of your daily routine, it’s easy to get caught up in details and lose sight of the bigger picture. However, Earth Day is just around the corner which is a great reminder that we’re one species of millions in this world, and there are things we can do to protect the environment. By taking preventative steps now, we can better preserve natural resources for future generations.

If you’re struggling to find ways to make a difference this year then why not consider using organic oral care products? Keep reading to learn about 3 ways to switch up your dental hygiene routine that can improve the planet!

#1: Turn Off Your Faucet

Many people who are fortunate enough to have access to running water take it for granted and leave the water running while they brush their teeth. On average, this habit results in an additional 6 gallons per minute rushing down the drain. That can be enough to fill 2 average bathtubs every week! To preserve water sources, remember to turn off the faucet while you scrub and then briefly turn it on to rinse your toothbrush when you’re done.

#2: Use Eco-Friendly Floss

You probably already know that flossing twice daily is a simple and effective way to prevent dental problems. It removes plaque buildup and harmful bacteria from between your teeth and along your gums so you’re less likely to develop cavities or gum disease. You undoubtedly go through plenty of dental floss and unfortunately, it can’t be recycled. It’s typically made from non-biodegradable materials that contribute to plastic waste in landfills and the ocean, which causes serious problems for marine life.

You can choose a Waterpik, instead, that uses water pressure and pulsations to remove unwanted particles. You can also look for products like Cocofloss which is made from non-toxic ingredients and offers refills in compostable packaging.

#3: Find a Natural Toothbrush

Most traditional toothbrushes are made of plastic which cannot be recycled and contribute to global plastic pollution when you throw them away. An estimated 3.5 billion are sold worldwide every year and most make their way into rivers or the oceans, where it can take about 500 years or more to decompose. To reduce the amount of waste created annually, choose toothbrushes made with organic materials, like bamboo. They’re better for the environment because they decompose naturally and don’t release toxins when they do.

By making a few small adjustments to your oral hygiene habits, you can do your part to protect the planet!

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