RADIUS

A Sustainable Partner

Who They Are

Architects Kevin Foley and James O’Halloran were relaxing on the sandy beaches of the British Virgin Islands in 1980 when a life changing idea struck them: refine and improve the humble toothbrush for the modern world. By 1983, with a little help from their friends, RADIUS was launched and they had their first toothbrush mold ready for production, featuring an oval head with a palm friendly handle, unlike any toothbrush that had come before. Named The Original, it featured 6,500 super-soft bristles, and immediately flew off the shelves! Back in those days, the RADIUS team took taxis across Manhattan delivering orders door-to-door just to keep up with demand.

As things took off, they began to look for a space to grow, landing in Kutztown, Pennsylvania at a restored feed mill factory. This was also the year that they created the leftie brush, bringing the power of The Original to everyone! But they didn’t stop there. Their insatiable love for clever design led to the launch of the SCUBA Brush in 1989, made from flexible tree rubber and landing the company in the design hall of fame at the Smithsonian. From creating mini childrens brushes to revitalizing natural silk floss, RADIUS continued to push the boundaries for the next decade, even expanding to travel cases to hold their intuitive designs in.


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Why We Like Them

Through the years, they’ve continue to be inspired by sustainable design, modifying designs and packaging to be the most beneficial for the planet. From introducing naturally biodegradable silk floss sachets to do away with wasteful plastic containers and nylon floss, to creating 65,000 kilowatts of solar power at their factories, RADIUS never stops imagining a world with less waste.

Thanks to replacement-head technology and a handle made from repurposed materials, the revolutionary RADIUS Source toothbrush reduces waste by 93%. By upcycling repurposed and recycled materials like wood, paper, and even recycled dollar bills, this ergonomic toothbrush is changing the way we brush. This mentality has spread to all RADIUS products, from brushes to holders and cases, made compostable or recyclable whenever possible. Their intelligent materials and innovative design lead to the soft yet powerful bristles wearing out much slower, saving you money and keeping more waste out of our landfills. Thirty years of dedication to clean teeth, and a cleaner planet, has made RADIUS a leader in the industry.

Their commitment to being ethical in every aspect of production led to the introduction of 50,000 kilowatt solar collectors in 2011, harnessing the power of Pennsylvania sunshine to generate 67% of their factories electrical power, lessening the burden of their factory on the planet! Since then, RADIUS has been able to generate enough electricity each year to power roughly 15 homes, offsetting 210 metric tons of carbon, or the equivalent of 45 acres of healthy trees. They don’t just make clean teeth–they make clean air too.

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    Cruelty Free
  • Phthalate Free
    Phthalate Free
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    Leaping Bunny
  • BPA Free
    BPA Free
  • Sustainable Manufacturing
    Sustainable Manufacturing
  • USDA Certified Organic
    USDA Certified Organic
  • Made in the USA
    Made in the USA
  • Plant Based Resin
    Plant Based Resin
  • Recycled Plastic
    Recycled Plastic

Cruelty Free is a certification process through PETA that labels products that are not tested on animals. All companies that are included on PETA’s cruelty-free list have signed a statement verifying that they don’t use ingredients or create finished products that help conduct or pay for any tests on animals.

Phthalates are found in toys, electronics, personal care products, plastic wraps, containers, and more. These petroleum based chemicals help soften plastics, and bind fragrances to perfumes, deodorants, creams, and other personal care products. Phthalates are are not chemically bound, meaning they can easily get released into the air, water, or your body, just by using the products as intended. Phthalates have been found to disrupt the endocrine system, which can cause reproductive damage, hormonal imbalances, infertility, mood changes, metabolism changes, and more.

Cruelty Free International certifies that cosmetic and household products are not tested on animals. These companies are audited to ensure that the ingredients and finished products are not causing harm to animals.

Products that are labeled as BPA free do not contain Bisphenol A, a chemical commonly found in plastic products. Studies on BPA exposure have shown that high levels of BPA could lead to hormone disruption, effects on behavior and brain function, reproductive problems, breast cancer, heart disease, infertility, and more.

Some or all of the energy used to make this product is produced via renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, or hydropower.

Products labeled as USDA certified organic contain ingredients that are produced without pesticides, petrochemicals, ionizing radiation, or synthetic preservetives. USDA certified products are categorized into three classifications. Items labeled as “100% Organic” with the USDA seal must only include organic ingredients. Items labeled as “Organic” with the USDA seal must contain at least 95% organically produced ingredients, and cannot contain any of the USDA excluded methods or ingredients. Products labeled as “Made with Organic Ingredients” must contain at least 70% organic ingredients.

This product was made in the United States. Buying locally made items helps to reduce harmful emissions that result from transportation during and after the production process. Purchasing products made in the United States also ensures that the items are produced in ways that meet strict safety and labor standards.

Plant Based Resins are used as an alternative to fully-synthetic plastics. Instead of using Petroleum as the main base ingredient to form plastic, some companies have started replacing a portion of the ingredients with plant and vegetable extracts. This lowers the amount of resources extracted to create purely synthetic products, and often provides a use for agricultural byproducts such as corn or flax. Some plant based resins are made from 100% plant materials, and can be composted in industrial facilities. EarthHero recommends checking with your local compost facility to determine which items are safe to compost.

Recycled plastic utilizes salvaged post-industrial plastic scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers, and transforms them into new products. The containers are sorted, crushed, and then heated to form resins, which are liquid plastics that can harden into new shapes. These resins can be molded and used to create anything from carpet to outdoor furniture. Recycling plastic lowers the amount of petroleum extracted and the production of greenhouse gasses associated with first-time plastic production. Plus, by using these existing materials, we’re benefiting from the original energy and resources spent to create them in the first place, while diverting waste from the landfill.

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