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Can an e-mail make a diffference?

Can an e-mail make a difference? Colgate-Palmolive

Here is the e-mail I just sent Colgate,

Today my son was given a toothbrush at school. I am not looking forward to having to throw away the plastic packaging. I would like to see your packaging turn 100% recyclable with replaceable heads for non-electric toothbrushes. One idea for packaging would be 100% cardboard packaging. A possible alternative to plastic handles is bamboo. I use a toothbrush that has a handle made from recycled items but it is non-electric. I would love to see Colgate go in that direction. The plastic that could be reduced would be incredible. There are other smaller companies already doing these things but it needs to be done on a bigger scale. The razor industry has taken on similar technology and have been successful. Please consider my feedback.

Today my son was given a free toothbrush and toothpaste at school. It came complete with some non-recyclable plastic packaging. The timing was impeccable. It had been bothering me that people have been upset at Bea Johnson, from The Zero Waste Home, having bought bamboo toothbrushes from Australia. My thought was that people must think our toothbrushes are made in North America. Well they are not. The Colgate-Palmolive company from Toronto, Canada toothbrushes are made in China.  Bea’s toothbrushes are compostable too. This is not my first post about toothbrushes and it won’t be my last. It’s like razors. Everyone uses them but it takes having options to make up your own mind. Now I just need to figure out what I’m going to do with this toothbrush.

Next time a product bothers you consider sending an e-mail. Then let me know and I might send one too!

Have a great day,


As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. -Henry David Thoreau


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


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