Monday, June 30, 2008

Al Gore, Eat Your Heart Out

In general, I wouldn't say that Chris and I are die-hard environmentalists, but we do like to at least be semi-concious about the things we buy, what they're made of and packaged in, and how we can be less wasteful. We do what we can here and there and that includes making small changes when they're within a price-point that seems reasonable.

So, anyway, I recently found these toothbrushes on a blog somewhere in the world wide internets (can't remember where) and they looked cool, so I bought some at Trader Joe's. Amazon has them for $17.93 for six (about $3 a piece--comparable to other toothbrushes, I think) and Trader Joe's also sells them for about $2.50 apiece.

The handles are made out of 100% recycled materials, mostly recycled yogurt cups. And they're totally recyclable when you're done too--you just send them back in a little pre-paid envelope and the company recycles them. The company also makes razors, which I'll have to look into when I'm done with my Costco-sized quantity of razor blades.

Anyway, if that isn't all tree-huggery enough for you, we've also been using this:

Tom's of Maine Cinnamon-Clove toothpaste. It tastes pretty good, although I actually think I like their Fennel flavor just a bit better. It's very fennel-y. It's a nice change from regular old mint toothpaste.

Okay, off the high horse for now.


Shey said...

yay for dental care!! I'll have to show Dave this. He'll get a kick out of it.

PS you've been tagged! Check out my blog for more info.

Tina said...

Yeah but those toothbrushes don't swirl around and require batteries like mine does. And really it's not that wasteful. I keep the bottom part and only throw away the top half of the toothbrush every couple of months or so... and replace the batteries when the brush stops turning as quickly as I'd like it to... hmmm. Maybe I am more wasteful than I thought.

Sleepwalker said...

That Tom's toothpaste is pretty good. I bought environmentally safe soaps, shampoos, etc. to take on the river, and it was the first time we tried it. I'm hoping a few habits stick, like using less water every day and awareness of even 'micro-trash'.

Anonymous said...

when I was a kid, the only (and I mean only) way my mom could get me to brush was with the Tom's fennel toothpaste. That stuff is awesome!

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