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How to take care of your bamboo toothbrush?

A few people have asked for tips on how to take care of your bamboo toothbrush and how to dispose of it correctly.

Bamboo is a natural product. It is best kept in a dry area. A normal closed toothbrush cup / holder that collects water is not an ideal place to store your toothbrush, as the water will cause your handle to swell. It’s best to keep your bamboo toothbrush in an open air toothbrush holder or any other dry area.

The bamboo handle may also fade over a period of time to a lighter colour – do not worry, this is a natural thing and it will not affect the actual toothbrush.

Dentists normally recommend you replace your toothbrush every 3 months – the same applies to your bamboo toothbrush. If you are a little “harder” on your toothbrush and the bristles start to fray, I would suggest you replace more often.

When it come time to dispose or recycle your toothbrush, use a pliers to remove the bristles from the head of the brush. The bamboo handle can be up cycled or composted at home, such a labels for your herb garden, stirring small pots of water paint for the kids etc. The nylon bristles cannot be recycled, so I remove them and add the to our ecobricks.

If you have any clever ways or pictures to share on what you have done with your old toothbrush handles, please feel free to share them with us.

Happy brushing. . .

How to take care of your stainless steel straws

A few people have asked, are the stainless steel straws hard or difficult to keep clean? The simple answer – no!

When you purchase a stainless steel straw, please clean thoroughly before first use. Then follow these simple instructions to take care of your straw:

  • Rinse your stainless steel straw under hot water
  • Wet your free cleaning brush (provided in our cotton bags, when you purchase a set, or sold seperately)
  • Rub a small amount of dish soap onto the cleaning brush
  • Push the soapy wet, cleaning brush back and forth through the straw to remove any juice or smoothie debris
  • Once you feel the inside is sufficiently cleaned, wash the rest of the straw with soap and water
  • Rinse thoroughly with clean water and leave to dry properly
  • Store your straw in your cotton draw string bag
  • Our straws are also dishwasher safe

A few restuarants have started to offer to “rinse” my straw for me. I then pop it in my cotton draw string and wash it properly when I get home.

 

Disclaimer: Parental supervision is advised for children using stainless steel straws.

Join the challenge and ‘Choose To Refuse’ single-use plastic during July.

Plastic Free July started with a handful of participants in Western Australia in 2011, and has grown to more than 150 countries worldwide today. Their vision is a world without plastic waste.

I signed up for the challenge, and to be honest, I wanted to try my best to eliminate as much plastic as I can in my house, while being practical… I know that in South Africa, its hard (not impossible), to buy all our food, without plastic packaging – so when I signed up. I decided I was going to find simple solutions in my home to start with.

We don’t all have to be super hero’s when we start off on these challenges – we just have to start!

I started out with home-made toothpaste. My first recipe – we spat out! It tasted disgusting. My daughter and I laughed out loud at our awful concoction. My second recipe – not so bad. I will use it till its finished and will try to improve upon it. It has cinnamon and peppermint oil in it, I think I would prefer just the mint on its own.

I then decided, my kids and I go through way too many plastic shampoo and conditioner containers, so we have started experimenting with shampoo bars. The first bar was a huge success – we will share our recipes with you soon.

I have also purchase a safety razor, and will no longer purchase plastic disposable razors and blades. Holy smokes – are they expensive! But, when you work out the savings on the  stainless steel blades as opposed to the disposables – it’s worthwhile and you are saving the environment, by not using plastic razors.

My Dental Lace stock also arrived. Just added those to my website today. I am super excited to start trying that out. Instead of throwing away plastic dental floss containers, we now have glass refillable containers.

We are half way through the month, so I will keep trying to find simple ways to eliminate the plastic in my home. Ill share some more at the end of the month, along with our recipes….

  • Avoid landfill waste
  • Avoid single use plastic
  • Reduce your eco footprint
  • Signup for the challenge hereplastic-free-july-logo-straight-lge_(1)_750_993_70

Sustainability

My first introduction to sustainability, was at my previous company. I was privileged enough to be a part of setting up our South African sustainability team. Our office won a Global Challenge, to reduce paper consumption in our Company. My passion then grew into something my children can only explain as an “allergy”. Whenever we go to the shops and a cashier asks us for bags, they reply; “my mom’s allergic to plastic”.

From there I have tried worm farms (and worm juice), growing vegetables in my garden (although I don’t have green fingers, and I am still trying to master this one) to recycling initiatives, street picker initiatives and more recently, my small business, Urban Earth Mom.

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me!

This is just the start. . .

We are so excited to launch our website and introduce you to our new eco friendly products, that are one small step towards reducing single use plastic!

We hope that our website will provide a clear message of  what products we would like to sell, and we will share what we stand for and where our values lie, when sourcing and  delivering our eco friendly products to you.

Our stainless steel straws, are the first of our products, and we will be adding new products in the coming weeks. Please follow us, comment and share your ideas and suggestions, so that we can make your shopping experience a better one.

Thank you for taking the journey with us towards reducing plastic and saving our environment.

 

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