Dear Santa, I'd like a bamboo toothbrush...
Did you know 1 billion
toothbrushes and 1 billion tubes of toothpaste get thrown away in the United States each year?
Learn how you can change your habits (and which of our beloved impact entrepreneurs created the sustainabrush) by reading our newest blog article below 👇
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A fascinating 'shred' of history behind dental care
Dental care has historically been linked to socioeconomic status. People with lower incomes typically don't see tooth or oral health as priority because of its financial implications.
But why is dental care separated from traditional medical care? In the article Why Don't We Treat Teeth like the Rest of our Bodies?, the author explains that before the 1800's, hairdressers and barbers actually served as rudimentary dentists because they had sharp tools and could perform quick surgery on clients (pulling teeth, lancing abscesses, treating wounds, bloodletting, etc.).
Fun fact: That's why barbers have red and white striped poles outside their shops! The colors represent the blood-stained cloths they used, and the caps on each end represent the bowls used to catch everything.
Before anesthesia existed, dental care was not considered as sophis-ticated. Dental studies were not as valued as highly as medical studies so separate dentistry schools were founded, and U.S. policy-makers in the 60's went along with this thinking while creating public health insurance programs.
👉 Learn more about how better teeth help us socially and financially in the aforementioned Atlantic article.
What's going on @ Stardust...
➫ As part of our end-of-year holiday fundraising campaign, we're coming to you with a fun stocking stuffer idea! A $10, $20, or $30 donation to Stardust Startups will get you a cute, printable token for your loved one.
➫ Thank you so much to those using Amazon Smile! 😍We see you and are so grateful. If you'd like to learn how to donate to us at no extra cost while you're online shopping, watch this video.
➫ We are looking for writers for the new year! 📣 Do you want to be a part of a dynamic and passionate team that is helping solve our world's biggest problems by making small changes all around the world? Do you love writing? Join us!
beforehand, then apply here.
➫ Happy holidays! We hope you enjoy a joyful and healthy holiday with family and friends.
at Stardust, we are evaluating our year and creating new objectives for 2022. Here are a few of our goals:
- Onboard committed, passionate team members with whom we share values and interests
- Deepen our impact within our own roles by thinking outside the box, taking initiative, and committing to our projects
- Strengthen relationships with grant recipients, our Advisory Board, and outside partners (university clubs, donors, press, incubators, and more) by facilitating exchanges, widening
networks, and inciting online engagement
- Receive larger, more sustainable funding from Impact Investors
- Create meaningful, high quality, and engaging content for Stardust’s online presence (i.e., blog, social media, newsletter) that spreads awareness about our mission and
See you next year!
Senior Director of Operations, Communication
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