‘bogobrush’ by john + heather mcdougall
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the first 100% biodegradable toothbrush, the ‘bogobrush‘ was conceived by john and heather mcdougall, a brother and sister duo hailing
from north dakota. children of a family of dentists, the siblings joined forces to resolve two issues they observed with the everyday utensil.
first, the widely used plastic and rubber options currently retire to landfills. second, there is a large amount of people that cannot afford dental care.
to resolve the first problem, the cylindrical handle is carved from bamboo, a woody plant which is easily and rapidly grown. bristles made from nylon
will last for the length of its recommended three month lifespan. these materials will fully break down, enabling users to toss the brush by simply burying
it in their yard. composting and safely returning to nature, the eco-friendly alternative will alleviate the stress of the 450 million which end up
in the trash every year, and this figure is in the united states alone.
an environmentally and socially minded venture, the cost of one includes a second which is sent to an individual in need. the pair is collaborating with
organizations in the cities of atlanta, detroit and minneapolis-saint paul. the team is continuing to make relationships with communities to grow their reach.
purchasing a single limited edition includes one toothbrush while a yearly subscription will deliver a fresh replacement every three months, both to you
and someone in need. shipping begins in march of 2013, pre-order a brush here.