About a month or two ago I met up with two people who help with the magazine Wild Fire. Wild Fire is a 100% vegan magazine about food, fashion and more. This photo was for their fourth issue which is available to download now from their tumblr. The theme for the fourth issue is travel. There are a bunch of beautiful photos, yummy recipe and great travelling tips, so why not give it a look and support some vegan entrepreneurs?
And if you need a squinty-eyed model who's not used to the sun, you know where to find me ;).
To find Wild Fire: Facebook | Tumblr | Website
While the title of this post might imply that Arnie is dead, he isn't. But Arnie is gone from my life, and I know I won't see him again. And boy does that hurt. Arnie was in my life for 11 months and made a big impression. I love him dearly.
I adopted him in November 2012. He was lovely and cuddly in his enclosure at the store. When he got home, he hid under the bed until night time, then came out and cuddled with me in the bed. He showed himself to be quite affectionate, although he started nipping and biting for what seemed like no reason. Perhaps he wanted a friend, I thought. I moved to a bigger place that allowed me to have two cats, so Willow moved in with us on the day that we all moved house. She instantly wanted to make friends; Arnie wanted to bite her on the butt and attack her.
There are over 22 million people in Australia. If each of them uses a toothbrush and changes it just twice a year, that's 44 million toothbrushes being (most likely) sent to landfill. If they weigh just 15 grams each, that's 660 tonnes of toothbrushes going to landfill each year. This is most likely a very conservative estimate.
Most of these toothbrushes are made from plastic, which will not break down for centuries and is a waste of space and resources. The toothbrush might not have been something that you thought there would be 'eco' products for, but there are. In this post we'll look at the two different brands I know of that are available in Australia, and look at what they are made from and where you can get them from. It is important to also consider where they are made, how they are packaged and how far they are shipped as these are also things that impact the environment.
I hope that you can find a toothbrush below that suits your needs while helping reduce our impact on the environment. Also remember to replace your toothbrush every 3 months minimum, or after you've been sick, to keep you and your teeth healthy! Talk to a dentist to learn more.
The Environmental Toothbrush
Made of: The handle and head are MOSO bamboo grown by 'local farmers' (in China). The bristles are made of a BPA free polymer.
Packaging: Recycleable cardboard
Disposal: Place it in the compost or in the bin, it will biodegrade.
Options: Adult Soft/Adult Medium/Child Soft
Cost: $36/12 ($3 each), free postage in AUS and NZ
Invented by: A Brisbane dentist
The photo is of one of my Environmental Toothbrushes, I've been using them for over a year now.
Jack n Jill
Made of: The handle is 100% corn starch. The bristles are nylon. I am not sure where they are made or where the materials come from, however their silicone toothbrushes are made in China and their toothpastes are made in Australia (info based on their facebook page comments, screenshots below).
Packaging: Recycleable cardboard
Disposal: Break the head off, try to recycle it. Compost/throw out the handle.
Options: Hippo/Rabbit (for children)
Cost: $4.95 each plus postage
Invented by: A Melbourne family
Know of another brand that I haven't mentioned? Let me know in the comments or in a message and I'll add it to this list!
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