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How to Eliminate the Waste From Your Dental Routine

By Stephanie Osmanski

It’s super important to take of your dental and oral health, but does it have to be at the expense of the environment’s health? Not anymore. 

 Growing up, plastic toothbrushes and traditional toothpastes were the norm for many of us. But did you know that plastic toothbrushes don’t break down naturally? So, at the end of their life spans, toothbrushes most oftentimes end up in landfills. There, these brushes will take hundreds (if not thousands) of years to break down. However, many oral care supplies like toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, and caps can be recycled if it’s done the right way. 

TerraCycle accepts oral care packaging like tubes, caps, toothbrushes, toothpaste cartons, toothbrush outer packaging, and floss containers but the recycling program’s website notes the difficulty of recycling such packaging. In the case of oral care, these products are often made with three separate components. This means that the type of plastic the toothpaste tube might differ from the plastic of the cap. That requires an awful lot of separate recycling. While it’s an option, there is another more viable way…