Do You Want To Make a Difference in the World?
Our range of eco-friendly dental products is better for your teeth and the environment. The bamboo toothbrush handle and toothpaste tablet pouch are both 100% compostable, so they won't pollute our oceans or landfills.
And because it's made from natural materials, they don’t have any harmful chemicals like BPA or phthalates. Plus, they're just as effective at cleaning your teeth as traditional plastic products.
You deserve to feel good about what you buy and use every day — not only for yourself but also for those around you who are impacted by your choices. We hope that with the purchase of our eco-friendly dental products you'll be able to sleep easy knowing that you've helped protect the planet and all of its inhabitants, while still getting a great clean feeling after brushing your pearly whites!
Did you know that bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth?
This is one of the many reasons we chose bamboo for our incredible toothbrush and travel case, in particular the Moso bamboo species. The Moso bamboo species needs five years to grow to adult height and be hard enough for processing. Within a few months, new shoots will have already grown to a height of 12 to 15 metres.
Bamboo forests are never cut down for the production of any of our bamboo products. Bamboo is so unique compared to other materials because the cutting of bamboo is an incredibly important ecological argument.
The mother plant produces many new stems of bamboo every single year, which within a few months will grow to their full length of up to 20 metres. After this, it takes roughly five years to develop sufficient hardness to be used in durable products. In our well-managed, mature bamboo plantation, the stems which are five years old can be harvested every single year, ensuring the size of the forest is kept fully intact.
There is absolutely no threat or danger to our amazing panda bears. At Tongue’s, we take pride in simultaneously protecting your oral health and our planet including all of its wildlife. Both small and giant panda bears live within the mountainous areas and will solely use the lower species of bamboo as their primary food source.
Our panda bears live a significant distance away from the areas where giant Moso bamboo species are grown. It is very reassuring to everyone that Moso bamboo species are not recognised by the panda bears as a source of food, so there is absolutely no threat or danger to our panda bears.
Carbon Storage in Bamboo
Through the process of photosynthesis, plants will absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) and convert this into glucose and oxygen. The glucose is used as the building block for biomass. The carbon dioxide is stored in the produced material for the lifetime of the product. If the product has been upcycled or recycled into new and durable products, the carbon dioxide is stored for even longer.
As bamboo is quickly so grown and produces high yields, there is far more carbon dioxide locked into durable products relative to wood species. The carbon cycle is critically important to life on earth and maintenance of this carbon balance allows our planet to remain hospitable. The human process of burning fossil fuels has added significantly more carbon to our atmosphere, which has resulted in climate change and the process of global warming.
Sustainable Bamboo Forestry
Every single bamboo plant will consist of several poles and new shoots will grow from the mother plant every single year. In a sustainable bamboo forest, approximately 20-25% of the poles can be harvested each year. This process occurs without any decrease in the number of poles per hectare.
Compared to the traditional harvesting of trees, the plant does not die after harvesting. One of the many reasons bamboo is so unique, is that the harvesting of the mature plants actually increases the yield and quality of the plantation.
Vegan and Cruelty-Free
Animals in laboratories around the world are used for animal testing and are deliberately harmed, not for their own good. They are frequently killed following completion of the experiment. The animal typically undergoes something likely to cause pain, suffering, distress, and lasting harm. Common animal experiments include:
Injecting or force-feeding animals
Surgical removal of animal organs and tissues
Forced inhalation of toxic gases
Inducing anxiety or depression with frightening situations
Animal testing is often carried out in a huge range of areas, including biological research, medications, and chemicals. Animal testing for cosmetics is still allowed in 80% of the world.
We believe there is no justification in the world for using animals in any experiments. These experiments are unreliable, cruel, and can be very dangerous.
A large proportion of the animal experiments which are carried out in the EU are reported to cause significant suffering and harm to animals.
31% of animal experiments that were carried out in the United Kingdom in 2018 involved ‘moderate to severe suffering’. We don’t believe here at Tongue’s that laboratories are a place any animal should live. These environments are often indoor, sterile environments with animals forced to live in cages.
They are denied any freedom of movement and have lost complete control over their lives. Often animals which undergo animal testing are self-contained without any companionship.
In 2015, it was estimated 192.1 million animals were used for scientific research worldwide. The top 10 countries in the world are estimated as follows:
China (20.5 million)
Japan (15.0 million)
United States (15.6 million)
Canada (3.6 million)
Australia (3.2 million)
South Korea (3.1 million)
United Kingdom (2.6 million)
Brazil (2.2 million)
Germany (2.0 million)
France (1.9 million)
In 2019, 3.4 million animal experiments were carried out in Great Britain. 1.67 million (49%) of which, related to the creation or breeding of genetically altered animals. These animals were not used in any further experiments.3
What Can You Do?
There are so many things we can do all do to help millions of animals around the world that are suffering right now and need our help.
You can make a difference by donating and raising money for animals, each small amount will go a long way. You can make your voice heard, by speaking out against animal testing, signing petitions, and writing letters. You can also work with some of the amazing organisations out there which are fighting for animal rights.
You should try and go cruelty-free and vegan with your purchases. Every single purchase makes a difference.
Our cruelty-free range of products means our products, ingredients, and components have never or ever will be tested on animals. Our vegan range of products does not contain any animal ingredients or animal-derived components.
It is important to note, a vegan product isn’t necessarily cruelty-free, and a cruelty-free product isn’t necessarily vegan. Vegan products can be tested on animals, and some cruelty-free products can contain animal-derived ingredients such as honey or beeswax.
At Tongue’s, we take both of these terms very seriously and our products are both vegan and cruelty-free, to give everyone peace of mind they are simultaneously protecting their oral health and our planet.
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