By Maura Keating
Grizzly bears can weigh up to 1,500 pounds. That’s a lot of bear. What do bears have to do with toothbrushes? Or for that matter, African Elephants, Karner Blue Butterflies, Utah Prairie Dogs, Cheetahs or Koalas? A lot, if your kid is brushing with the Recycline Preserve Jr. toothbrush. Each Preserve Jr. toothbrush is named after an endangered species. The outer packaging features a picture and facts about the animal, and kids can visit the Recycline website to learn even more about their animal. But the Preserve Jr is about more than teaching kids about adorable animals. Sales of the Preserve Jr. toothbrush support the National Wildlife Federation.
In an age when nearly everything in a child’s life, from toothbrushes to diapers, is covered in licensed characters, I appreciated a break from the hype and marketing. I like the idea that every brush time might lead to a conversation about the featured animal. The toothbrush looks funky and that adds further to its kid appeal.
While I love that this toothbrush is cute on the shelf and good for the environment, I really like the toothbrush for what it does best–brush teeth. The Preserve Jr. features soft, colorful bristles that are gentle on soft gums and little teeth. The toothbrush’s handle has bumps that make it fun to hold while helping to teach kids how to properly hold a toothbrush. The toothbrush is also angled to help kids with their brushing technique. Who doesn’t need a little help with that? Recycline recommends the Bass Technique for brushing, and although I had never heard of it, Tufts recommends it and that’s good enough for me.
The Preserve Jr. is made out of 100% recycled plastic, derived in part from recycled Stonyfield Farms yogurt cups. (I always like knowing where things come from…) When you are done with your Preserve Jr. toothbrush, you can return it (and the packaging it came in) to Recycline so that they can recycle the plastic yet again to be made into new products. Recycline provides a postage-paid envelope so that you can return your toothbrushes at no cost to you, or you can download a postage-paid label.
If you love the Recycline concept, Recycline also makes Preserve toothbrushes for larger mouths, as well as tongue cleaners, razors, toothpicks, and tableware. Once you get hooked, you can send your toothbrushes, razors, and tongue cleaners together to be recycled.
It’s almost Earth Day. This earth friendly product is a great way to teach your kids about issues that matter to all of us, and it’s a great illustration of recycling in action. Educational, cute, healthy, good for the environment and not bad for your wallet. Everybody gets a little from the Preserve Jr. toothbrush.
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