Preserve Toothbrush

overall Rating:

1.3

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Elizabeth Fedde
6/25/2020
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what it's made of:

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The Preserve toothbrush is made of 100% recycled #5 plastic (polypropylene), with new nylon bristles. Specifically #5 plastic is used because it is versatile & benign as it is a robust & heat resistant plastic that does not contain BPA. (So it’s definitely safe to put in your mouth & clean your teeth!) They state on their website that Preserve obtains their recycled plastics from a “network of trusted sourcing partners and we test each new source that we reprocess”. These providers range from several material reprocessors, other consumer products companies like Stonyfield, to retail and community partners that collect materials through the “Gimme 5” community recycling program. Stonyfield is a kids yogurt company whose yogurt cups are made of #5 plastic, & this is the only disclosed & promoted plastic provider I could find for Preserve. Although the information given on the website is helpful in determining the true sustainability of the product, I believe that by naming their other recycled plastic providers, a much clearer picture would be painted in terms of both the transportation of materials & the conditions of the laborers at the companies that Preserve is aligning themselves with. When they only talk about Stoneyfield & market their toothbrushes & other products as being made from “LOVE & yogurt cups,” I do not believe that this is the whole truth. Each Preserve toothbrush comes in an individual minimalist plastic package that uses a “high percentage of recycled materials”. At first glance, this statement seemed off-putting to me, but after considering the plastic toothbrush competition like Colgate using “virgin” plastic & cardboard on their packaging, it it better than the alternative. That being said, there are also sustainable bamboo toothbrushes like Ecoture sold in recycled cardboard packaging. I commend Preserve because from their founding they have chosen to tackle the challenge of putting to use recycled plastics that sometimes would otherwise not be used & make it back to the landfill anyways.

how it's made:

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Preserve toothbrushes are all made in the United States & Preserve uses a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach to assess all of their product’s impact. An LCA looks at the journey of a product, and its impacts from the point of extraction of that products’ components from the earth, all the way through to the ultimate disposal of the product. The toothbrush handle is made of 100% recycled #5 plastic, sourced in the United States by Preserve’s various collection programs through to collect specifically #5 plastic, which will be discussed further in a following section. Since the Preserve toothbrush, & all Preserve products, are made in the United States, this reduces environmental impact by enabling efficiency within the supply chain. While all of these aspects are very promising & positive in terms of the product’s sustainability, one concern I have is that the product is being sold on Amazon, which is a part of the supply chain that can be surpassed by purchasing Pela via their website or retail, but still must be acknowledged when it comes to the holistic sustainability of the brand.

who makes it:

1.5

Preserve toothbrushes are all made in the United States & Preserve uses a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approach to assess all of their product’s impact. An LCA looks at the journey of a product, and its impacts from the point of extraction of that products’ components from the earth, all the way through to the ultimate disposal of the product. The toothbrush handle is made of 100% recycled #5 plastic, sourced in the United States by Preserve’s various collection programs through to collect specifically #5 plastic, which will be discussed further in a following section. Since the Preserve toothbrush, & all Preserve products, are made in the United States, this reduces environmental impact by enabling efficiency within the supply chain. While all of these aspects are very promising & positive in terms of the product’s sustainability, one concern I have is that the product is being sold on Amazon, which is a part of the supply chain that can be surpassed by purchasing Pela via their website or retail, but still must be acknowledged when it comes to the holistic sustainability of the brand.

sources:

https://www.preserve.eco/pages/purposeful-plastics https://bcorporation.net/directory/preserve https://www.nontoxicrevolution.org/blog/7-types-of-plastic