Monday, January 26, 2009

New Biodegradable Toothbrush Holders and More by EcoGen

Our store began to bring in more environmentally friendly items last year, which took quite a bit of convincing at first. It was considered more of a fad at that point in time. But people are willing to spend extra money on these kind of items even with the economy the way it is, including me. Our overall sales are down, just like most businesses, but "green" items are still selling.

We recently received samples of a new biodegradable product that would replace plastic household items, such as toothbrush holders and soap dishes. Here's the website's description:

EcoGen empowers retailers and consumers to begin the transition away from the old era of petroleum based plastics towards a new ecological generation of biodegradable household materials. In the back of our minds, we all know the statistics: a leather boot in a landfill will last 40 to 50 years, a soda pop can up to 500 years, a plastic jug 1 million years, and a discarded Styrofoam cup or glass bottle possibly forever. In contrast EcoGenTM, will biodegrade in six to nine months when composted.

I like the shape and they seem very durable, so I decided I would try them at home to see if they hold up. So far they are living up to test, but I am still curious about the claim that they are compostable. I am tempted to put one of the pieces in my composter, but that would be a waste.

Definitely check them out if you get the chance.

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