Brush, Rinse, Recycle, Repeat: Preserve Jr® Toothbrush for Kids

[ 4 ] April 14, 2008 |

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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.

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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.

The Details: Preserve Jr. Toothbrushes, $11 for a set of four at or at a store near you! Visit the “Find a Retailer Near You” link.

Want to win two Recycline toothbrushes?
Leave a comment about one way you or your child helps the earth every day. We will randomly select one winner from everyone who enters to win two children’s Recycline toothbrushes. Deadline is Earth Day, April 22, 2008. CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    At my house we keep the paper and bottles/cans recycling buckets right under the cabinets in the kitchen. This way they’re as nearby as the garbage, and we’re not thinking what a hassle it is to get things to the recycling bins.

    Jenn C.
    Wakefield, RI

  2. calendar katharine says:

    we use tupperware or other containers for lunches instead of baggies & plastic wrap.

    pick me!

  3. SueA says:

    We always bring our own bags to the grocery store (I always have them handy in the car) and I use a recycline toothbrush!

  4. More the most part, I’ve switched from using paper towel and napkins to using cloth. I made a bunch of cloth napkins with material my mom had. They’re easy to make if you have access to a sewing machine.

    I also use wash cloths instead of diaper wipes for most diaper changes (an idea a friend passed on).

    Marcia, Cranston

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