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Irish Examiner, 1st April 2019, Single-use plastics ban fights climate change

Irish Examiner, 1st April 2019, Single-use plastics ban fights climate change

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While takeaway coffee cups, with their plastic lining, and throwaway water bottles have come under the bright environmental spotlight in recent times, another daily item coming under scrutiny is the plastic toothbrush.

With people going through between six and 12 toothbrushes a year, and with the handle and brush made from plastic, bamboo has emerged as an alternative material for the product.

One company making them is VirtueBrush and we recently caught up with the Founder, Dylan Regan:

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The Irish Times, 17th February 2017, Virtuous Toothbrushes, by Manchán Magan

The Irish Times, 17th February 2017, Virtuous Toothbrushes, by Manchán Magan

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Virtuous Toothbrushes. Eventually every bit of petroleum-based plastic in our homes will need to be replaced with something more sustainable. Dylan Regan from Dublin has begun the process with a bamboo toothbrush with bristles infused with charcoal to help fight plaque. For every VirtueBrush sold, three trees are planted. Bamboo is a renewable resource that matures in three years compared to over a century for oak. It’s rapid growth (up to three feet a day for some species) makes for impressive carbon sequestration, about 70 per cent more than an acre of hardwoods.

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The Irish Times, 12th February 2017, VirtueBrush: clean teeth with a clear conscience?

The Irish Times, 12th February 2017, VirtueBrush: clean teeth with a clear conscience?

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As you clean your teeth on sleepy autopilot, it’s unlikely that the sustainability of your toothbrush is uppermost in your mind. But it should be, according to entrepreneur Dylan Regan, the man behind the newly launched VirtueBrush “green” toothbrush.

“Most plastic toothbrush handles can’t be recycled. This is very troubling considering how many millions are discarded each month,” he says. “Plastic toothbrushes ultimately end up in landfill and clogging our seas and waterways, damaging delicate aquatic ecosystems.”

All very well, I hear you say, but what’s the alternative? According to Regan it’s Moso bamboo, and he has designed and is now selling a 100 per cent bamboo-handled toothbrush using the material.

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Irish Tech News, 12 IRISH BUSINESSES VYING FOR POLE POSITION IN VOOM 2016 COMPETITION

Irish Tech News, 12 IRISH BUSINESSES VYING FOR POLE POSITION IN VOOM 2016 COMPETITION

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The Irish entrants below have reached the top of the process from a total field of 4,894 entrants to the Virgin Media VOOM 2016 Competition.

Anyone who wants to support these and other Irish entrants should get onto www.vmbvoom.com asap to vote for their favourite candidates. By casting a vote, you can help to determine who goes through to a pitchathon which will take place over 29 hours from 1-2 June, as part of Richard Branson’s business boosting VOOM 2016 competition.

After the Pitchathon, a final shortlist of candidates will get to pitch to Richard Branson directly.

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