If you follow me on instagram you already know, and if you don’t you should follow me. (@greenbluemarble) I will be posting, at the end of every month, which items in our house that I have swapped out for a sustainable alternative. I’ve created the hashtag #swapforsustainable if you want to play along and share your swaps. 🙂
Above you can see my swap. I switched out my single use flossers for this water flosser. Yes, it’s plastic, but it’s definitely better than those single use flossers with the handle that come in a plastic bag. Basically, how it works is I fill it up with water and push that blue button to force the water through the spout on top. I press the spout against where I would normally floss and it cleans out my teeth.
I swapped out my tube of toothpaste for the Lush toothy tabs very early in my zero waste, so that’s nothing new. What is new, is the discovery that they have SLS in them. My boyfriend was using them with me, and it irritated his upper lip so badly, he’s back on the tube toothpaste. I’m still using them because they don’t seem to affect me, but I wanted to share in case anyone has sensitive skin.
Most importantly, I learned about Plus Ultra, which is my new favorite company – ever. Their toothbrushes are made of bamboo and are compostable.
Yes, there is a lot of packaging, but that is because there is no glue. The package is like a little origami folded box with the toothbrush inside. The packaging is recyclable and the plastic cover is made of 30% sugar and 70% PET plastic. Although the nylon bristles and the staples that hold them aren’t recyclable, this toothbrush and it’s packaging are such an enormous leap forward towards a sustainable dental option.
When my toothbrushes arrived, my boyfriend took one look at them and wanted one. He was using an electric toothbrush before and that immediately was in the trash and the Plus Ultra “hello gorgeous” toothbrush was immediately in his mouth.
They’re definitely an adjustment. The bristles are way softer than any toothbrush I’ve ever had, but I got used to that after about two days. Plus the satisfaction of knowing I’m not creating waste, definitely out weighs my comfort level for the bristles.
If you’re having concerns about the cleanliness of the toothbrushes, Christina (the founder) did a lot of research with dentists and the toothbrushes are definitely up to code. I don’t feel like I’m missing any part of my mouth or if I had an advertised plastic toothbrush, that my mouth would be “more clean”. I honestly can’t say enough great things about Christina or her company. If you’re interested in Plus Ultra just click here or follow them on instagram.