We are female co-founders of Toothbuckle Ltd.
Toothbuckle is an oral health & hygiene product brand designed with a significant social impact at a low cost to the environment.
We have created our company out of a personal need and a passion for improving the environment. It all started about five years ago. At the time, we both worked for two sizeable scheduled airline companies - Roz for British Airways and me for Virgin Atlantic.
Our job allowed us to fly to some beautiful worldwide destinations and meet many incredible people, a position we both thoroughly enjoyed. Our experience taught us that flying for a living comes with always having two semi-packed suitcases at all times. More importantly, never forget your toothbrush.
That being said, we would use many single-use plastics during our travels. For example, have at least two plastic toothbrushes and toothbrush covers, something we were never happy about in terms of the impact and damage caused to the environment. We tried to find an alternative to plastic for a very long time, but without much success. We always used plastic toothbrush clip-on covers but found these harboured many germs and did a terrible job of staying on and providing any form of protection.
This meant we would throw the plastic covers away after a very short time, and us both being germaphobes said we needed something different.
Unfortunately, at the time, we didn't have the answer...
In the end, we initially thought that using simple tissue paper would do the trick.... it didn't, but what is a girl supposed to do!
Then, one beautiful summer evening , whilst sitting in the garden, both enjoying a glass or two of delightful wine, I asked Roz, "what if we were to make a new toothbrush cover? How would it look, and what materials would you use instead of plastic?
It was a perfect time to try and figure it out. So we got some makeshift Play-Doh from my daughter's toy cupboard and set about crafting some covers over a couple of old toothbrushes we had lying around. After a few goes, we thought they looked pretty good, not bad for something that started out as an idea!
If nothing else comes from this, it was a great way to enjoy each other's company while passing the time.
Fast forward six months, when our world was turned completely upside down.
Roz (my mum) was setting out on a path to what became one of the most challenging journeys ever, divorce! And me being diagnosed with breast cancer.
It was all very surreal, but we came through the other side!
This brings us to where we are now. We took a leap of faith into the unknown as a positive distraction!
We decided to put our oral care idea to fruition, hence creating the