Refuse & Reuse Announce Bamboo Toothbrush Scheme For Dentists

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Dentist Practise branded bamboo toothbrushes for under £1.

Westward Ho! based Refuse & ReUse, an Earth Friendly Foodware Limited brand, today announces a purchasing scheme for dentists to encourage those who give their patients free plastic toothbrushes a bamboo based alternative.

Every toothbrush handle is engraved with the dentist practise name and supplied in a paper bag. Toothbrushes can be branded for left or right-handed people or supplied as a mixture of both. The toothbrush handles are made from sustainable Mobo Bamboo grown under the Forest Stewardship Council accreditation. Bristles are a medium firmness and made from and industry standard Nylon 6 material infused with castor oil. Each bamboo toothbrush measures 17.5cm. Prices start from 83p plus VAT per toothbrush.

With dentists recommending changing your toothbrush every three months, it is estimated over 250 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of annually in the UK.

“We are excited to launch this plastic reducing scheme,” stated Andrew Cross, Founder, Refuse & ReUse. “Dentists are generously giving away toothbrushes to encourage dental care. We would like to see that care extended to our natural environment. Our toothbrushes have been developed by a dentist for dentists and we are confident we can reduce the number of plastic toothbrushes being given away.”

Fox’s Dental Care are the first dental practise to subscribe. Based in St. Austell, Cornwall. “We care about the impact dental health has on our environment,” stated Simon Fox, Principal Dental Surgeon, Foxs Dental Care. “We give every patient a complimentary toothbrush at their dental check-up. By switching from plastic to bamboo toothbrushes we are reducing our plastic footptint.”

For every dentist and/or practise subscribing to the scheme, Refuse & ReUse will share profits with the plastic free focused community group, CIC or charity in the dentist’s local area.

Refuse & ReUse welcome applications from dentist practises across the South West. Local groups set to benefit include Plastic Free North Devon, Beach Guardian, Final Straw and Plastic Free Torridge. Those wishing to learn more about the scheme should contact Andrew Cross via email on [email protected]