Earth Day - New Ideas to Help Conserve

by Jason 4/22/2014 8:00 AM

Helping conserve the earth’s resources should be a part of every activity. It’s not just about driving less, eating more local foods and turning off the lights when you leave a room, but it also involves your dental health practices too. So this Earth Day, we urge you to take a look at your dental hygiene routine and see where you can conserve.

Here are some ideas:

Conserve water: Turning off the tap after you’ve wet your brush and only turning it back on to clean your toothbrush can save as much as 8 gallons a day. That adds up to 200 gallons a month.

Don’t load the toothbrush with toothpaste: Excessive use of toothpaste means using more water to rinse and more toothpaste (and its packaging) to buy. A pea-sized dollop is all you need. Focus on the brushing techniques instead and let your toothpaste go a long way.

Reuse/recycle toothbrushes: Using a toothbrush with a replaceable head reduces the amount of waste when your toothbrush needs to be replaced. But also look for compostable or recyclable brushes. Once the toothbrush has reached its life expectancy (3-4 months), reuse it for cleaning around the house, jewelry or even your keyboard. Bamboo toothbrushes are awesome for digging soil in flowerpots, as plant markers in the garden or even to make stick puppets.

Conserve energy: We spend a lot of time in the bathroom getting ready for the day. So switch out old bulbs for CFL or LED ones or, if you can, just use natural light. And make sure to turn off the bathroom fan as soon as the moisture from the shower has dissipated. Since bathroom fans suck out air and put it outside, they suck out air you’ve paid to heat or cool depending on the time of the year.

Gradually your newly acquired habits will begin to stretch beyond the bathroom. You will find so many areas around the house where you can conserve. Happy Earth Day!

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