Preserve is a company our family has a lot of respect for. Their mission is to recycle and reuse plastics into other home materials … and one of the products their recycled plastics is made into is toothbrushes. With a family of 5 it’s no surprise then that we’d need many of them!
. I happened to see the Recycline Preserve Toothbrushes in at our local Walmart, and was impressed. My husband and I had read that Walmart was looking toward stocking more environmentally friendly products at a comparable price to other similar products on the market – and sure enough these toothbrushes were the same price as other well known brands out there on the shelf.
The toothbrushes came housed in an attractive clear plastic tube, with the giant word PRESERVEgoing down it. The company refers to it as a “canister” and claims that it is reusable.
The toothbrushes come in Medium, Soft and Ultra Soft, we purchased all Ultra Soft in various colors (red, blue, white and green were the main colors I saw on the shelf). The purchase price was around $3.00 a brush.
I liked the idea of doing our part to purchase this type of product and to help the recycling community by purchasing products out of recycled materials. Additionally, I liked that this toothbrush appeared to have a different style handle, and was a basic, solid color.
The handle is made out a material called polypropylene. Recycline gets this plastic mainly from the Stonyfield Farm (yogurt) company. I noticed that the handle has been very durable, but all has some give to it. Even though the handle is curved in design, it is a little flexible as well. It just gives, for me, a softer brushing as the brush sort of flexes in and out of my mouth. This material does not bend at will or make the toothbrush handle hard to control. The bristles are nylon and far as I can tell are not made from recycled materials (they are listed from the company as being a “virgin” material). I noticed against my gums and teeth the bristles were very soft, yet effective. I really felt like I was getting a good brushing, and the toothbrush was not too hard, not too soft — it was just right. I also liked the feeling of the handle in my hand and the angle of the brush felt like it really got to all parts of my teeth.
When you purchase the toothbrush from the company directly through their website, they send it with a mailer that you can ship back the toothbrush when finished back to the company to recycle (I saw a postage paid label you can print out at their site). I bought mine at a store so that probably won’t happen, and I am not sure how I feel about sending a used toothbrush back, but I really like the idea behind it.
Due to the idea of purchasing this toothbrush due to its environmental impact I felt it important to include some information about the company as it relates to this toothbrush (information was found on the packaging I purchased and on the company’s website and is summarized by me):
The Recycline company is based out of Massachusetts and they claim to have an engineering team that works on developing products that how to make a high performance product and the environmental “footprint” it leaves behind.
The company really worked with dentists as well to see what kind of toothbrush they felt was effective on teeth – another interesting component of the company. The idea brought out by dentists was of the “Bass Technique” which briefly meant brushing using a particular 45 degree angle so that the bristles correctly hit the gums and teeth.
I really appreciated that the company appears to be looking at not only designing a better product, but one with an environmental impact in mind as well. Since this toothbrush works so well, and I like all that it stands for, we have purchased this product again and again.