Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Don't brush this idea asides: subscribe, recycle

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about recycling and all the items you can toss in the bin. So if you’re anything like me, when it comes to tossing your toothbrush you wonder if that too can be recycled.
    It can. Preserve Products makes stylish, eco-friendly products from 100% recycled plastic. All products are made in the USA, and there is a mail-in recycling program for those whose communities don’t recycle #5 plastics and for Brita water filters (more on that later).
    Preserve launched in 1997 with the Toothbrush. I actually remember this—I saw a blurb about it in the paper (it was Recycline then) and as I clipped it out, I felt a kinship with this guy, Eric Hudson and his commitment to making a positive impact.
    Fast forward to now, and this company now makes kitchen, tableware and personal care products (BPA free).
    Check out the razor handles. Women, if you’ve ever stood in the razor aisle trying to settle on a razor that doesn’t completely annoy your aesthetic sensibilities, you have Citrus Yellow, Sky Blue, Pear Green and more to choose from. The handles are powered by yogurt cups. ™ I love it.
    Back to the toothbrush. The toothbrushes are offered individually, or you can purchase a toothbrush subscription and receive a new toothbrush to your door four times a year for $11.00. Sweet! Then just toss your old one in your recycling bin, or you can download a postage paid envelope from the company and mail yours in to Preserve if your community doesn’t recycle #5.
    Now for the Brita Filters. See the website for a ‘how to’, and the filters can be either mailed in or dropped off at Preserve Gimme 5 bins, located at Whole Foods in Carmel and in Indy according to the website.

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