Jan

12

Rubbish Removal News: The Eco Impact Of Our Toothbrushes

The next time you’re scrubbing away on your pearly whites, ponder this mind boggling statistic. More than three billion toothbrushes are thrown in the rubbish removal bin every year worldwide and most of these end up in a landfill somewhere. It’s easy to understand why this is so. Dentists recommend you replace your toothbrush every three months and no one wants to share a toothbrush, not even with their significant. While frequently replacing your toothbrush may be good for your teeth, it’s terrible for the environment, unless you find a way to recycle it, or better yet, use a sustainable toothbrush and compost it!

What Are Most Modern Toothbrushes Made From

The plastic handle of a toothbrush is usually made from polypropylene plastic (polypropene). This is type 5 plastic for recycling purposes. It’s the same kind of plastic used to make medicine bottles, yoghurt containers, and ketchup bottles. So, it’s relatively safe to put in your mouth but not good for the environment, especially if it goes to a landfill at the end of the lifecycle. If you burn polypropylene plastic, it produces carbon dioxide. If you just let it sit there, it will take hundreds of years to biodegrade and it will produce harmful methane gas as it does.

The bristles of the toothbrush are usually made from nylon, a type of very strong synthetic plastic. It takes nylon thirty to forty years to break down in a landfill. As it does, it can produce carbon monoxide, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, and other environmental poisons. To add insult to injury, nylon replaced silk, a natural material that easily biodegrades!

The History Of the Toothbrush

People did not always use harmful plastics to make tooth brushes, nor did they have rubbish removal bins and recycle bins. Between 3500 and 3000 years B.C.E., the Babylonians and the ancient Egyptians used chew sticks made of natural fibers to scrape the tartar off their teeth. They would fray the end of the stick and use this as a crude brushing stick. A fully bristled toothbrush, a precursor to our modern toothbrush, was first used in China. The bristles were composed of thick hair from the hog and the toothbrush handle was made from bamboo, or in some cases, cow bone. Before you knock hog hair as toothbrush bristles, you have to try it first. Hog hairs actually work very well as a toothbrush and as a hair brush. Before the days of synthetic toothbrush bristles, if you had money, you might have used a toothbrush with badger hair as bristles!

While we may think of these ancient toothbrushes as “crude” objects compared to the modern day toothbrush, they have one major advantage over ours. All the materials used to make these ancient toothbrushes were natural and biodegradable! Furthermore, people didn’t use rubbish removal bins back then. They composted everything or burned it. Everything in those ancient toothbrushes would have composted nicely! Further, if you burned one of these natural toothbrushes, no toxins would have been released, unlike our modern toothbrushes. It wasn’t until the late 1930s when Dupont started making toothbrush bristles out of synthetic fibers and thus began our rubbish removal problem with our non-composting toothbrushes.

Consider Using a More Sustainable Toothbrush

Sustainable toothbrushes are ecofriendly alternatives to plastic toothbrushes. Most are made from the highly sustainable bamboo plant. Bamboo fibers are made from cellulose, a complicated sugar with high structural integrity. Cellulose is a common structural element found in many plants. It can be made into a sturdy toothbrush handle and into bristly fibers used to scrub the teeth and massage the gums.

Sustainable toothbrushes are sometimes made from other materials as well. A company called Preserve, based in Massachusetts, U.S., is making their toothbrush handles from yoghurt pots rescued from the rubbish removal bin and old discarded toothbrushes. Life without Plastic, a German company, is making their toothbrush handles from sustainably harvested beech wood and their toothbrush bristles from hog hair.

What You Can Do To Keep Old Toothbrushes Out of Landfills

If you use a sustainable toothbrush made from natural materials like hog hair and bamboo, you can simply compost your toothbrush in your garden! Hair from any mammal is high in nitrogen and composts well and bamboo will compost as easily as any other dried plant material.

If you’re in the UK, you can also call Clearabee, a very reliable same day on demand rubbish removal company, and put your old toothbrushes in the stuff you have them collect. Clearabee has a ninety percent recycle rate so odds are very good your old toothbrushes will be recycled if Clearabee picks them up. To make sure, let Clearabee know in advance that you have toothbrushes in your pickup so they can get them to the right place for recycling.

Another good way to recycle an old toothbrush is send them to Terracycle, which has partnered with Colgate to

turn old toothbrushes into various consumer products such as backpacks, shower curtains, and shoes.

 

Dec

02

Tyre Maintenance Tips


Maintaining the condition of your car’s tyres can seem like a chore, but it is essential to do so that you do not find yourself in a difficult position like being stuck at the side of the road in need of some emergency assistance. To prevent this frustrating situation, we have asked Alan of Suttons UK to give us his top tyre maintenance tips.

Check tyre pressure

One of the main things to keep track of with any car, is definitely the tyre pressure. It’s important to regularly check this and there are various methods of doing this, like pressure gauges, or at service stations. If the recorded number is too low, you should visit your nearest service station immediately to amend this.

Tyre rotation

Most people aren’t even aware that they should be rotating their car tyres, let alone knowing how often this needs to be done, but it’s important that all drivers are made aware of this as it could prevent you from paying unexpected expenses in the future. Tyre rotation is the practice of moving your cars tyres from one position to another, allowing them to wear evenly over the course of their lives. To rotate a tyre, it needs to be removed and refitted at a completely different position to ensure that each tyre lasts longer and wears evenly, so that you don’t have to cover the cost of replacing them regularly.

Tyre tread depth

Ensuring that your tread tyre depth meets the legal requirements is one of the most important checks that you can conduct. If you become endangered or involved in an accident and the cause is worn tyres, you can be fined up to £2,500 and have three penalty points on your licence. Save yourself the money and make sure that your tread depth meets the legal requirement, which is 1.6mm across the central three-quarters of the tyre.

Repair and replacement

When it comes to repairing or replacing a car tyre, always be sure to look at your handbook! Make sure that, in a road full of traffic, you repair or replace your tyre well out of the way with no passengers inside the vehicle. If you’re changing a tyre, one of the most important things to ensure is that this process happens on solid, flat ground as this will make certain that your car tyre has properly been replaced and is fitted correctly.

Wheel alignment

Much like tyre rotation, the process of wheel alignment is quite simple but is extremely important to keep on top of to prevent nasty expenses surprising you. Failure to keep track of your cars wheel alignment can result in increasingly rapid and irregular tyre wear, and you would have to cover the cost of the damage of this when the time comes. Problems with wheel alignment can be caused by driving into potholes in the road, or hitting a kerb at speed. If you’re not comfortable in performing wheel alignment checks yourself, you can always visit your local garage, just in case!

May

08

Email Set Up in Drupal 8 – SMTP Module Installation & Configuration

Sending Email is one the most basic and essential requirement for each website. In drupal also we require to send emails on occurrence of different events e.g. on registration of a new user, on a creation of new content, to accept feedbacks from users etc.

May

08

Top 10 Free WordPress Themes for 2017

Just like your ‘aged’ ‘oaked’ & ‘toasted’ Wine, the WordPress is also getting better, creamier and luscious with every passing second. Gone are the days, when the WordPress pondered just as a blogging platform. It has now refurbished the entire Content Management System and powers more than 27% of the total web. With increased use and immense popularity, number of WordPress themes have also increased rapidly. I have shortlisted some of the top WordPress themes for free that will assist you create amazing websites. You can create corporate, personal blog, portfolio, photography, business and any other kind of website with these themes.

May

08

Common Mistakes Committed While Developing a Budget for Mobile Application

Developing a cost-effective budget for your mobile application involves various aspects to be thoroughly considered, just like before the initiation of the technical development of the app. So primarily the vital step to be contemplated before commencing the development comes the “app monetization”. Management of the budget allocated for mobile app development involves various complex processes which are supposed to be managed strategically. The success of the entire app development process is absolutely dependent on the apt management of the reserved budget. Each phase from conceptualization till the successful launch of the app, is powered up with two key components ie technical skills and revenue. So here we elaborate the common mistakes to avoid in order to develop an ideal budget for mobile apps.

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Apr

08

Android Instant Apps – Top Benefits of Leveraging One For Your Startup

Last year on May 2016 at the Google I/O developer conference, Google announced Android Instant Apps that caught the attention of mobile app developers worldwide. These apps are simply bridging the gap between web applications and native applications.

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Apr

05

5 Secrets of Great Entrepreneurs

There is no such thing as being a good at business and such assumption sounds preposterous, to begin with. After all, what is a good entrepreneur exactly? Is it someone with great leadership skills, vast experience in their field of work or someone efficient at making contact? Actually, it is all of the above, but the way you get there is the tricky part. Because of this, here are five secrets of accomplished entrepreneurs that are bound to do wonders for both professional and personal aspects of your life.

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Mar

27

Car Maintenance Tips: When is the Right Time to Change your Disc Brakes?

If your car’s brake pedal flutters once you step on it or if your brakes start to pull to one side or squeal, then you should definitely inspect your disc brakes. Brake linings and disc brakes should be checked every 10,000 miles, but people often take their maintenance for granted. However, it can save you plenty (in the long run) and is vital to your vehicle and safety.

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Mar

17

Connected Car Tech Becomes Contextual to the Driver’s Location and Lifestyle

Half a century ago we were astounded by Batman’s fancy Lincoln Futura. The first time it appeared on TV, everyone wanted to get their hands on the technology, even though most of its in-car features were unrealistic at the time. Things have changed a lot since, and right now communications companies, automakers, and tech companies want to transform all cars into ground-breaking high-tech Batmobiles.

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Feb

07

Label Vs Quality: The More Effective B2B Lead Generation Argument

Which do you think is a more effective strategy in generating B2B leads—making a good name in the industry or making the best products and services? Are you still having a hard time deciding which path to focus? Here are our arguments that will help you clear up your mind.

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