Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd, and it’s a wonderful reminder to incorporate more environmentally friendly practices into your daily routine. Brushing your teeth may be a very small part of your day, but it can actually make a major impact: you use up to 8 gallons of water just to brush your teeth once a day! Here are a few ways to reduce your environmental impact every time you brush.
1. Turn Off the Water
Do you leave the faucet running while you brush? Chances are that you use barely any of the water that you let run while you’re brushing your teeth. Turning the faucet off while you brush can immediately reduce your environmental impact during your brushing routine.
2. Opt for Natural Materials
Plastic toothbrushes are not biodegradable. Bamboo toothbrushes, on the other hand, are made of all natural materials, so they don’t take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill.
3. Use Cold Water
Warm water requires energy—so opt for cold water if you can!
4. Rinse with a Cup
A reusable cup is a great way to save on water and waste. Instead of using and wasting water from the running faucet to rinse, you can have a set amount of water to use up every time you brush.
5. Tweak the Water Pressure
Is your water pressure stronger than you need it to be? Turn it down to reduce waste in case you ever forget to turn the faucet off while you brush.
If these simple tips can greatly reduce your environmental impact, imagine what a difference you can make in other parts of your daily routine more eco-friendly! Celebrate Earth Day and every day this year with these tips. Don’t forget to visit Curtis Family Dentistry twice a year to make sure your teeth are as healthy as can be. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!