When squeezing just isn’t enough (Day 203)…

September 19, 2007

cutting toothpaste tube

Getting to the end of a toothpaste tube sucks. You have to start bending the top end back and forth, then twisting and turning it, finally giving a big push up the middle with your thumb to make sure you’re getting every last ounce of precious paste before tossing it away.

But yesterday, I discovered a great way to solve this problem — Adam, over at Life Goggles, has recently published a free e-book listing 100 ways to save the planet, and he was kind enough to forward me a copy, which included this handy tip: Cut off the end of the tube so you can scoop out the remaining toothpaste with the tip of your brush.

It may only conserve a tiny amount each time, but it all adds up eventually — and if you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you know I’ll do just about anything to be a little greener, whether it’s getting rid of my car or pathetically scraping out the last of my Tom’s of Maine.

Photo courtesy of muddymoles on Flickr

If it’s good enough for Will Ferrell’s bicuspids (Day 4)…

March 4, 2007


… it’s good enough for mine — no matter how crooked and unflossed they may be. Turns out Recycline‘s eco-friendly Preserve toothbrush, made from recycled Stonyfield organic yogurt cups, had a starring role in the recent film Stranger Than Fiction. (It was in the scene where Ferrell’s character first hears a narrator’s voice, which makes a disparaging remark about his obsessive-compulsive ablutions.)

My friend Sarah Pretty (yes, she is actually pretty) emailed me about this product the other day: “I bought the best toothbrush ever,” she wrote, and went on to say it was “awesome, totally aside from recycledness.”

So while I was out shopping with my mum yesterday, I made her come with me to Whole Foods to pick one up. As I unwrapped it, I noticed some factoids on the packaging, which reveal that this dental do-gooder actually goes beyond the yogurt cups:

  • The Preserve’s handle is made from the highest quality post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled plastics.
  • Join the cycle: Return the Preserve toothbrush to Recycline, where we will grind it to make material for recycled plastic lumber. Our postage-paid return envelope assures recycling and makes it easy.
  • Efficient packaging eliminates unnecessary waste. All of our packaging is made from recyclable materials, and the reusable brush canister provides a sanitary holder to keep your brush clean and portable.

Wowee. I’ll bet this toothbrush even plants trees in its spare time and makes regular anonymous donations to Save the Rainforest. Either way, as Bucky Beaver would say, it makes me want brusha, brusha, brusha!