Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bogobrush: A Toothbrush You Can Care About

Photo courtesy: © Bogobrush

Beautifully designed, ecologically sound, and socially-minded are not phrases we associate with toothbrushes. But maybe they should be. Recently profiled on Design Milk, Bogobrush is a biodegradable toothbrush on a mission to bring healthy smiles to people across the country that do not have accesses to dental care.

Growing up the children of a dentist, the brother and sister team of John and Heather McDougall seemed destined to design a product that brought social awareness, and environmental action to something as mundane as brushing your teeth.

According to Bogobrush, 450 million toothbrushes are thrown away in the United States. An astounding 80 million people in the country lack access to adequate dental care. Enter Bogobrush: it’s crafted from bamboo and nylon bristles that are biodegradable. That means you can bury it in your garden instead of sending it to a landfill.

Photo courtesy: © Bogobrush

For every Bogobrush bought, one toothbrush is donated to a giving partner. Right now partners include centers in Detroit, Atlanta and Minnesota. You can preorder a single Bogobrush for $10.00 or buy a year’s subscription for $40.00, and every three months a Bogobrush will be delivered to you and someone in need.

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