Starbucks and McDonalds are saying no… to plastic which is great for the environment. However, why should we stop at plastic straws? That is just what entrepreneur Christina Ramirez wondered – and when there’s a problem, any good entrepreneur will create a profitable solution. But rather than focusing on plastic straws, Ramirez is looking at recreating the toothbrush.
Ultra Plus is the name… of the company that makes bamboo toothbrushes that are sold in 320 retail stores, including Amazon. By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans, making the bamboo toothbrush even more appealing. Unlike plastic toothbrushes, bamboo ones are 99% biodegradable and won’t become plastic waste floating the ocean.
Here are the numbers… starting with 150 million which accounts for all of the plastic already floating in our oceans. You will use about 300 toothbrushes in your lifetime at a rate of around 4 toothbrushes per year. Thus, each of us will be responsible for 12 pounds of plastic waste by using plastic toothbrushes. Ramirez has sold thousands of her eco-friendly toothbrushes, saving at least 1,000 tons of plastic waste from entering the ocean.