You may have noticed we took a couple weeks off. This was due to some construction going on at the actual House of Fur. Now that we are in our regular mode of chaos instead of extra chaos, we are back at it!
If you are just joining us, we have been talking about small ways to become more eco friendly in the kitchen. We aren’t done in there yet, but we are going to take a short break and mosey on over to the bathroom for a bit.
I think the bathroom might be the room that holds the most plastic in my home. I didn’t realize it until I sat down and took a close look. When I did though, I could have cried.
Plastic freaking everywhere.
Non-reusable items freaking everywhere.
Garbage freaking everywhere.
I was determined though. So in classic chaotic fashion we started somewhere in the middle.
Necessary for dental hygiene, your toothbrush should be replaced every three months or after being sick.
That means I go through an estimated 4-6 brushes a year.
More plastic in the landfill. This simply will not do.
After some careful searching, I found a solution and it is my honest pleasure to introduce you to our new friend….
Brush Naked is a Canadian based company that makes some really positive and fantastic products.
The ones we are going to focus on today are toothbrushes!
They offer two different kinds of basic toothbrush, we’ve tried them both, and I’m so pleased to tell you what makes these so special.
First we will start with packaging.
From the picture above you can see they come in a box, wrapped in plastic.
Get ready for a plot twist my friends because thats not just any old plastic!
The plastic around your new toothbrush is actually plantbased and can be composted as can the box! In fact, Brush Naked takes extra care and does a great job using ecofriendly, local packaging products.
There are two different kinda of basic toothbrush.
1) 100% biodegradable. Not only is the bamboo compostable but the bristles are too. With many bamboo brushes you need to remove the bristles before composting. Thats not the case here. The bristles are plant based made from tapioca and corn. They last about 2-4 weeks. (We’re coming back to this so keep it in mind).
In all honesty I loved this one. It took a bit to get use to as its lighter then a plastic toothbrush but the bristles were a bit stiffer. After adjusting my brushing weight I found this toothbrush did an excellent job cleaning my teeth and I felt good using it.
2) Semi-biodegradable. This toothbrush is very similar to the one above. The only difference is in the bristles. Instead of being plant based, they are made from nylon. They are a bit softer, like a regular toothbrush, and last about 3 months or so. When finished with this brush the bristles must be removed before composting.
This one felt more like a regular toothbrush as far as softness went. The handle was still a bit lighter but otherwise I couldn’t tell the difference until it came time to throw it out.
On top of these two products you can also find some fun stuff like brushes with activated charcoal bristles, toothpastes, and powders.
Remember how I said the first brush lasted 2-4 weeks? Thats got to be a hastle trying to stay on top of ordering every 2 weeks…….
They seem to have thought that too. Which is why they offer a subscription!
If you sign up for the subscription they give you a bit of a discount so for the low price of around five dollars (around the same price of a regular brush) YOU NEVER HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT AGAIN.
Sign up for the less-than-netflix costing subscription, and like an eco-toothfairy, Brush Naked will automatically send your brushes to your door.
No more excuse to keep using the same toothbrush for 7 months.
Healthy mouths, happy planet.
They offer different size packages to suit your needs. Get one for you, for grandma, baby, and the dog!
Need some help dipping that first toe in?
I got you.
Brush Naked has been kind enough to send enough product for not one, but TWO give aways!
So let me show you whats goin on!
First up is an adult nylon brush + a kids nylon brush (can also be used for other people, emergency work toothbrush, dog, cat, your choice).
The second give away is a luxurious charcoal bristled toothbrush and attractive travel case (made from bamboo as well)!
How to enter:
1) Share this post: Spread the word! The more people hopping on this eco bandwagon the better off our planet will be.
2) Comment: Please come from wherever you are reading to House of Fur Blog Page (houseoffurblog.wordpress.com), find this post, and tell me your favourite tip to be eco friendly.
Winners will be chosen by Lunchbox on December 1st, announced on the second, and shipped off shortly after!
Before you do that though, one more thing!
I recently learned Brush Naked has started crowd funding to produce Bamboo Straws!!!
We’ve already got ours. So Im going to show you how get yours too!
Just hop over here and check out Sip Naked to see all the wonderful packages available for your support.
Bark at you later!