Brush Your Teeth, Save the Planet: Goodwell Co.

the goodwell company biodegradable toothbrushes
Who knew keeping your teeth clean could make the earth so dirty? Apparently, Patrick Goodwell and Aaron Feiger, co-founders of The Goodwell Company, did. They’ve done something about the estimated 50 million pounds of waste created by toothbrushes each year: The Goodwell Company makes them biodegradable. That translates to removing about 12 pounds of plastic from landfills and oceans per person throughout each lifetime.

Spotted at the Made Here PDX store, which highlights Portland, Oregon’s artists, designers, and local businesses, The Goodwell Company got its start via the crowd funding site Crowd Supply where they surpassed their goal of $12,500 by $4,600. Clearly a lot of people want sustainable dental care products. Goodwell and Feiger have created a one stop shop for everything you need to keep your mouth clean and smelling wonderful. Their medical-grade steel handle allows you to detach the brush head and replace it with a new one, or swap out the toothbrush attachment for the tongue scraper or flossing head. When you’re done with the toothbrush head, toss it out your bathroom window– well, only if you have a garden below. It’s fully compostable.

Perhaps one of the most exciting products they offers is the Bamboo + Binchotan toothbrush. Its design is sleek and natural with shockingly black bristles which are made of binchotan, an increasingly popular charcoal traditionally made in Japan. Now, it might sound like putting charcoal in your mouth is the last thing you’d like to do, but it will actually help naturally adjust the pH balance of your mouth and kill even more germs so your breath will be an utter delight. This entire toothbrush is completely compostable, made from sustainably grown bamboo, meaning there’s no guilt in throwing it out.

The Goodwell Company also offers subscription plans, which are cheaper than the cost of buying new name brand brushes every few months. There are three plan options for the subscriptions delivered every other month: Good, Gooder, and Goodest. The Good plan is $6 for a Bamboo + Binchotan toothbrush or the Goodfloss products. For $4 more, the Gooder plan is the premium toothbrush and biodegradable brush attachments. Or, treat your environmentally-conscious mouth to the best and spring for the Goodest package which includes the Premium toothbrush Kit, which has the biodegradable brush, tongue scraper, flosser, and a travel case, and a box of Goodfloss every other month.

Thanks to The Goodwell Company, you can save the planet while also saving it from coffee breath.

Grooming

Shake Off Those Winter Blues With a Spring Grooming Intervention

Spring is a time for grooming rejuvenation. You'll be grateful you took the time to take care of yourself when summer rolls around.
Food & Drink

Tips and Recipes for Meat-Eaters Who Are Grilling for Vegetarians

First step: Don't panic! Second step: Read this guide. Third step: Veg out.
Fashion & Style

Adulting 101: How to Wash Your Clothes the Right Way

Doing your own laundry is an important rite in the transition from childhood to adulthood, but few of us are properly guided through this transition.
Fashion & Style

How to Clean Sneakers and Keep Your Feet Lookin’ Fresh

What’s worse than buying a new pair of kicks only to have them get dirty after less than a week of wear? Um… nothing, as far as we're concerned.
Culture

9 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

If you're like the rest of the country, you're probably obsessed with true crime right now. Here are the best documentaries to get your fix.
Culture

13 Best NERF Blasters for Adults

You may or may not be using NERF to fight imaginary ninjas anymore, but you can still arm yourself with one of the best blasters primed for adulting.
Culture

Why We Have the (Objectively Terrible) Daylight Saving Time

Love it or hate it, you can't escape Daylight Saving Time — and it all started because a guy wanted to collect more bugs.
Culture

LEGO for Adults: 13 Best LEGO Sets for a Grown-Up Good Time

Maybe we can’t fix the engine of a car or hand-craft a boat from scratch, but we can build these highly rewarding and intricate LEGO sets.
Culture

12 Best Running Trails in America, According to People Who Run for a Living

From miles of mystic forest to a gnarly peak-to-peak ridgeline, these are the best routes to run around the United States.
Culture

How to Mod a NERF Gun: The Grown Man’s Guide to the Hammershot Modification (With Pictures)

With a screwdriver and spring, a simple NERF gun can become a high-power blaster.
Culture

23 Famous Badass Women in History

From an 86-year-old who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to a 15-century ninja to Oprah (of course), here are 23 women who inspire us to be more badass.
Culture

The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now

These docs are entertaining, but also edifying. For your convenience, we’ve broken them up into categories.
Culture

Why You Should Definitely Max Out Your 401(k) Contribution Now

If you’re like most millennials, you associate a 401(k) with retirement and don’t put much thought into maintaining it. That's a big mistake. Here's why.
Culture

6 Best Productivity Apps for a More Fruitful 2019

Whether you're trying to achieve a better sleep schedule or curb your procrastination, the best productivity apps will help you manage your to-do lists.