Since mass production of plastic began 60 years ago, humankind has produced more than eight billion metric tons of plastic, and almost 80% of it ends up in the natural environment. Microplastics are particularly problematic, as they could also have adverse effects for humans.
Smarter brands and companies are now looking for sustainable alternatives to place on their shelves, as eco-friendly toothbrushes are really appreciated by customers: that is why you should offer them in your catalogue.
But what is the best material to choose? Discover it in the following article!
Some reasons to offer an eco-friendly toothbrush in your catalogue
Plastic can take thousands of years to degrade, and now it seems that it doesn’t fully degrade at all. It breaks down into microplastics, which are considered very harmful for human health and the environment. These particles, in fact, are often too small to be filtered, so they end up in the ocean and other water systems, and besides causing pollution and being eaten by marine life, they can get into the food chain.
A microplastic particle is any piece of plastic smaller than five millimetres, but many are much smaller and only visible under a microscope.
In 2019, researchers found that people eat at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year, while further research published in May 2022 discovered the presence of microplastics in human blood.
Created by Itsafishthing.com, the infographic below explains the actual situation.
What can you do to reduce the effects of plastic and microplastic?
Choosing sustainable materials and encouraging the circular economy model is the first way to change actual consumption. It means offering products made of recyclable and reusable materials that do not have a negative effect on the environment when thrown away.
Many people, in fact, have become more aware of their plastic usage and prefer choosing more sustainable items in their everyday life.
For example, they prefer a wooden eco-friendly toothbrush rather than a plastic one in their everyday life.
Why do people love wooden toothbrushes?
People love wooden toothbrushes as they guarantee the same quality of cleaning as plastic ones, but they have the added benefit of being better for the environment, as they are 100% sustainable.
Moreover, wood is also appreciated because it can be enhanced with many innovative finishes and customized according to customers’ preferences, creating real objects of design.
Wood is considered a prestigious and elegant material, and people love to display beautiful wooden objects in their houses. They are even willing to spend more fore them.
Adding wooden oral care products in your catalogue will let you satisfy the growing demand for sustainability and elegance at the same time, gaining a great competitive edge in the market.
Some advice to find top-quality & eco-friendly toothbrushes
The problem today is that finding top-quality, functional, and beautiful wooden oral care objects can be difficult. Many companies are not specialized in wood manufacturing, and they do not have the necessary competency, machinery, and digital systems to create perfect wooden components.
Wood, in fact, needs special machines and technologies to be managed properly, especially at a very high production volume.
A reliable supplier must be able to create millions of wooden components and maintain the same quality for each single piece.
Moreover, using a sustainable raw material doesn’t mean that the company is actually sustainable. Wood must be collected and manufactured following strict guidelines for environmental and forestry protection to preserve the natural ecosystem.
FSC and PEFC certifications demonstrate that the manufacturer is involved in respecting these rules.
Cutting trees, in fact, is not always bad. In a responsibly managed forest, for every tree harvested, another one replaces it, ensuring preservation of the natural wildlife.
We discussed this topic in the article: “Sustainable logging: why it is beneficial for our ecosystem.”
Moreover, if the wood company promotes the use of fast-growing timber, e.g., beech, hornbeam, maple, ash, and birch, it means it takes care of sustainability and the environment.
A sustainable wood manufacturing company tries also to reduce the negative impact of transportation and logistics, for example, by producing wooden objects where wood is collected to shorten the process that it goes through to reach production.
The Minelli Group has specialized in wood manufacturing for more than 80 years. Thanks to our cutting-edge tools, machinery, and partnership with the leading distributors of finishing solutions, we can offer all the options currently available on the market. You can therefore customize the wooden components according to each client’s preferences, satisfying even the most demanding requests.
In 1999, we were among the first to be certified by the FSC when it was not yet a standard. Today, we are also PEFC certified.
Therefore, if you are looking for top-quality and sustainable custom wood parts, do not hesitate to contact us right now!