There are many ways a product can be eco-friendly, but at Tusk Toothpowder, we focus on minimizing our waste and reducing our carbon footprint. Here's how:
Waste is what is left when we have finished using a product. Here, waste is referring to the materials left over when we have finished using the product. Humans dispose of over one BILLION toothpaste tubes every YEAR. These tubes cannot be recycled since they are made of plastic and aluminum fused together. So they get sent to the landfill, and if we’re lucky, they add to the controlled piles of trash around the world where they take at least 500 years to decompose. Unfortunately much of our trash ends up in the ocean instead of the landfill. According to National Geographic, there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea. That’s a lot of waste that can harm animals and our environment.
Tusk Toothpowder comes in 100% home compostable bags (feed it to your garden, yay!) which are used to fill up your jar (that will last you for a loooong time!). This means there is no waste left behind when you are done with the product, just pop the shipping pouch and refill bag in the compost, and it will decompose in a few months - Magic!
Let’s talk about carbon footprint - the biggest contribution to climate change. Here in Australia, we know far too well what the consequences are of an ever warmer planet - bushfires, floods, droughts, and coral bleaching. We can all take small steps to reduce our impact. The burning of fossil fuels is the number one contributor to climate change. According to a study from MIT, shopping online has a lower carbon footprint than going to the shops. This is thanks to it being more carbon efficient to ship a package to your door than to drive to the shops.
Not only does shipping the package have a smaller carbon footprint, but we also ensure our shipping is carbon neutral! This is achieved through using low carbon transport, such as e-bikes, then neutralizing the rest through carbon offsets, such as planting trees.
The corn plastic packaging used for our products uses 65% less energy than conventional plastics, according to independent analysis. It also generates 68% fewer greenhouse gases and contains no toxins. It’s all small steps, but together we can make a big difference.
There you have it! Our goal is to have as little environmental impact as possible. Let us know if you find any ways we can be eco-friendlier!