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Recycling is a good start, but not the answer. Here’s why.

How Does Recycling Plastic Help the Environment?


Recycling plastic helps reduce the need to extract more raw materials from our earth. Extracting raw materials straight from the earth creates more greenhouse emissions compared to the process of recycling. 

 

“Current UK recycling is estimated to save more than 18 million tonnes of CO2 a year – the equivalent to taking 5 million cars off the road.”

 

– Veolia, Resourcing the world

 

Why Recycling is NOT the Long-Term Solution for Plastic

Although recycling plastic reduces the amount of greenhouse gases being produced the process still creates carbon dioxide which contributes to the climate change crisis. Furthermore, many plastics do not make it to recycling units, and even if they do, some do not meet the requirements to be recycled.

 

Specifically, researchers from the University of California at Science Daily expect the demand for plastic to grow by 22% in the next 5 years. And, despite the fact that countries across the world have recycling programs in place, about 90.5% of the world’s plastics are not recycled.

 

How We Can Slow the Demand for Plastic?

“If we want to move towards a low-polluting, sustainable society, we need to get consumers to think about their purchases.”

 

– David Suzuki

 

 

A visionary solution is practicing zero-waste methods from our homes. 

 

What Does Zero-Waste Mean?

Zero-waste is a set of lifestyle principles that focus on waste prevention and conserving resources. This is done by practicing responsible consumer techniques. 

Such as…

  1. Going to a local grocery store with a reusable shopping bag and buying food that is NOT wrapped in plastic.
  2. Using bamboo toothbrushes that can be composted once it’s worn out. The dirt from the compost can then be used for a backyard garden.
  3. Buying eco-products that are also shipped in plastic-free packaging.

 

 

“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” 

 

– Anne Marie Bonneau

5 Benefits of Zero-Waste Practices

  1. Reduces Waste: By considering the full-life span of an item and determining if the product is sustainable.
  2. Conserves Resources: By decreasing demand for single-use products.
  3. Saves Money: By being mindful when shopping and buying less unnecessary things. 
  4. Healthier Lifestyle: By avoiding foods wrapped in plastic which means fresh produce will be consumed more instead.
  5. Inspiring Communities: By connecting to others and supporting zero-waste journeys thereby increasing human morale.

 

How We Do Out Part to Save the Environment

It turns out, plastic floss is just as detrimental as the plastic straw. An alarming amount of plastic floss ends up floating around in our oceans which pollutes and kills marine life by wrapping around their bodies.  

 

At Durapik, we have innovated the way we floss our teeth. Instead of using single-use plastic floss and picks, we have created a zero-waste flossing solution. 

 

The Eco-Floss… is created from biodegradable algae which can be composted and broken down into healthy dirt over time.

 

The Eco-Flossing Pick… is created from a durable eco-metal, Steel. In the future, the steel can be melted down and repurposed into something new instead of ending up in landfills filled with plastic.

 

 

Happy Flossing!


– Durapik

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3 Eco – Books You HAVE to Put on Your 2021 Reading List

You’ve heard it before, and we all know it. Books are a great tool to use to enhance ourselves in a multitude of ways. Not only do books give us the right to humbly brag about our intellectual accomplishments, they also truly help us become better people. Books keep the brain sharp, allow us to expand our knowledge, and inspire us.

 

If you are looking for a stimulating book that gives you a kick of inspiration, you have come to the right place. Below you will find a list of books that will take you on a journey of.. 

  1. Appreciation
  2. Awareness
  3. Action

FIRST…

Let’s connect and appreciate our environment

 

1. The Hidden Life of Trees

Prepare to open your eyes to the deeper and human-like complexities of a tree. Like us, trees have “daily dramas and moving love stories,” says author  Peter Wohlleben. We are only at the beginning of understanding silent languages and nonhuman consciousness. While highlighting these elaborate tree to tree entanglements, Peter invites us to better understand. why we should care more deeply about preserving natural forests.

 

SECOND..

Become aware of our thought process (time to get woke!) 

 

2. Don’t Even Think About It

Literary pieces on climate change can definitely be a challenging subject to read without wanting to snooze. Obviously, we want to learn more, but sometimes the way we are presented information just doesn’t keep us motivated! George Marshall offers a digestible and insightful look into the physiological factors that drive humans to turn a blind eye to climate change. Don’t Even Think About It is divided into 42 short chapters with about 6 pages per section. This allows our minds to digest the segments in short spurts, and provides us a hit of dopamine more often for completing chapters! 

 

Also, don’t worry, this book is not all doom and gloom. Don’t Even Think About It explores the idea that we are capable of putting aside self-interest for collective and heroic efforts.

 

THIRD..

It’s time for action! What we can do to help the environment

 

3. How to Save the World for Free

Want to experience a relatable narrative about combating climate change? How to Save the World for Free is the book for you! Natalie Fee offers a great eco-guide on ways to make small household changes. Her casual yet informative writing style provides a lighthearted and motivating reading experience. Many people can feel overwhelmed at the prospect of making lifestyle changes, and don’t know where to start. Natalie seamlessly walks us through the process by offering practical tips that are totally manageable!

 

Happy reading!
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6 Weird Things People Have Actually Used to “Floss” Their Teeth

Oh boy, let’s just dive right into this floss situation (rather, lack thereof).

We have all been there: you’ve just enjoyed chomping down on something delicious, and only moments later, you experience a dull jab located somewhere between your teeth. 

 

FIRST… you investigate the situation with your tongue by blindly locating where exactly that tiny piece of food has taken residence in your mouth (arguably, popcorn kernel shells being one of the WORST things to end up stuck).

 

SECOND… the next hurdle..how to dislodge the intruder after attempting to poke it out with your tongue has failed. Naturally, you are away from the comforts of a bathroom with no floss in sight. Now what? 

 

Well, we can reluctantly tell you the “now whats” that other people have resorted to…

 

1. Strands Of Hair

Long Hair as Floss

According to a study conducted by ADA, 7% of the 1,005 American participants have used their hair to remove food from their teeth. We guess hair has a strikingly similar resemblance to floss…? The craftiness of this solution is admirable, but the ICK factor of it is still up there!

 

2. Horse Hair

Horse Hair used as Dental Floss

Ancient remains found by archaeologists suggest horsehair may have been used as the first dental floss. Having clean teeth seems to have always been in fashion. Lucky today we can STRAY away from using stray hairs as a cleaning device.

 

3. Fingernails

Fingernails

ADA has uncovered quite a few truths. From their survey, they also found that out of the 1,005 participants, 61% have used fingernails. Let’s be real – the other 39% that said no are liars. Or at least, those of us who fall into the 61% will tell ourselves that to alleviate the feeling of judgment.

 

4. Folded Paper

Folded Paper

The ADA study also revealed that 40% of the participants used paper to dislodge foreign objects. Hold up – this practice sounds like a whole lot of potential papercuts on the gums. Just the thought can send some chills down the spine. Can someone please explain this?!

 

5. Plastic Floss

Plastic Floss

We admit, we are being a bit cheeky about including plastic floss on our list of “weird things to floss with.” But we like to have a bit of fun here at Durapik, so… SHOCKINGLY, plastic floss is widely used as an everyday dental item. This practice leaves behind pieces of microplastic between the teeth and can end up floating around in our oceans. Luckily, we have a biodegradable floss available made from natural algae 😉

 

6. Safety Pins (Ouch?!)

Safety Pins

ADA discovered that 14% of the 1,005 participants have used pointy safety pins to remove intruders from their mouths. If you use that sample to reflect the entire population of the earth, that is approximately 1 billion people who might have also done this. Perhaps we should put a PIN in this idea and move away from using sharp tools in our mouths..

The Floss Solution..

Let’s be honest, we have ALL been there and have resorted to using a weird item to “floss” our teeth. And that’s okay, because no one is perfectly hygienic all the time (unless you are, then wow, give us a rundown of your day-by-day activities because that is truly impressive). But hey, in this moment of realization that everyone is probably a little gross, we can now bring your attention to the Durapik

DuraPik and Algae Floss

Say hello..to the future

The DuraPik is a TRAVEL-FRIENDLY and eco-floss pick that can be easily transported in a PORTABLE case. For those who like to be prepared, this is a great alternative from resorting to hair, fingernails, paper, and whatever else!

 

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The Origin Story of Durapik

The earth is sending us a message, here is our answer..

In one way or another, everyone on this planet has a relationship with nature. Whether it is grabbing a glass of refreshing water from your tap, or enjoying a scenic getaway surrounded by lush trees, our connections come in all forms. 

This particular story starts with Keirin Shaw, an avid adventurer, surfer, and environmental advocate. An entrepreneur by nature, Keirin left his job as a construction and landscape worker in the pursuit of contributing to the zero-waste movement. 

Within our lifetime, we have seen how plastic has greatly contributed to damaging the planet. Landfills pile higher leaching toxins into the earth, wildlife consumes our trash, while bits of plastic float on by in the oceans. With so much going on, it can be difficult to determine how to start combating this problem. 

 

A great place to begin is right from the comforts of your home. With this in mind, Keirin turned his attention to our everyday household items and innovated the way we floss our teeth.

One pick at a time.

Present-day floss and floss picks made from plastics pose an immediate and long-term threat to YOU and our planet. Not only does the floss wrap around animals, but small micro bits can also break off into your mouth when you floss. There are also no eco-friendly options when disposing of single-use and plastic floss picks, so they end up in our landfills.

Today, we’re implementing a zero-waste option with our eponymous product, the DuraPik dental pick, and its accompanying DuraFloss dental floss. Our DuraPiks are created from stainless steel or titanium, a reusable and durable eco-metal that does not rust. While the DuraFloss is made from biodegradable materials which can be thrown right into your compost system!

In addition to offering our reusable and biodegradable products, we want to give you the power and knowledge to help change the world little by little.

Small steps lead to big changes, everyone starts somewhere.

Think of us as your designated eco-guide. If you would like to learn more about moving towards a zero-waste lifestyle, subscribe to our monthly newsletter to keep up with all the latest tips, eco news, and exclusive deals on our Durapik products.

Once you have the knowledge, all it takes is for YOU to put your eco-warrior journey in motion.