My Plastic-free Life - Forum: Miscellaneous Simple:Press Version 5.6.7 thesniffingratty on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous Dr. Martha Cortez makes ear inserts to wear at night the prevent grinding and also help open the ear canal.  They are 1,500$, I may swing for a set but first I need to get cranial adjustments done and fix my bite, so I am still looking for a cheap temporary solution, sounds like 100% silicone is the way to go, anyone have a brand that they like?

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 09:28:29 -0800
Dylan on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous I wear a bite plate for bruxism. Mine is custom fitted by my dentist, it's not an OTC guard.  Next time I'm ready for a fitting, I'll talk to him about a rubber plate.  I've never had problems with mine but I've been wearing bite plates for years, my bruxism is really bad.  If rubber isn't available, I'm not going to stop using a plastic plate - I like my teeth too much!

Maybe you could get one made out wood. A carpenter could probably whip something up from a plaster mold, like the plaster foot casts they use to mold orthotics.  Wink

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 23:54:12 -0800
patti hashim on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous This will sound a bit crazy but I thought instead of using my horrible tasting new soft expensive night guard why not try something like a baby's souse at night. It could work because it keeps your mouth from shutting, but it is truly difficult to get use to. It is safe for infants and there is hardly any plastic in your mouth. I haven't been successful to be honest, but if I could it would be a great answer. If someone were to see me as an adult with a souse in my mouth they'd for sure send me to a shrink.Confused

Tue, 08 Dec 2015 19:31:40 -0800
Beth Terry on bacteria on night guard Miscellaneous What about soaking it in vinegar instead?

Sun, 06 Dec 2015 10:40:23 -0800
gela on bacteria on night guard Miscellaneous I've been wearing a night guard for years due to 2 cracked teeth.  My biggest problem with a night guard has been bacteria, and I've soaked the bite guard daily in mouth wash (not very natural), but this is what has helped me avoid sinus headaches.  Im interested in whether anyone else has concern with bacteria on the bite guards.

Sat, 05 Dec 2015 17:20:15 -0800
quicksilver on Issues with acrylic yarn Miscellaneous Very interesting post Sarah. Made me think and got to to search "how to dispose of acrylic". Here is what I found about acrylic vs even other plastics.

Even if you burn (or melt) the acrylic at extreme high temperature it will break down into a non-decomposing bead. The ultra mini micro-bead. There are other types of synthetic yarns that  seems, to be burnable to a char. You get Acrylic, you got it for good. Prevent micro breakdown and keeping it out of the landfill as long as possible. Acrylic will prevent other products from decomposing as well, and it seems there is no bacteria that will touch it, according to the reads I found in search.

In case of a flood or otherwise, maybe when we discover we have a product like acrylic, perhaps storing it as safely as possible, so as not to loose it to the environment and use it as a filler for protecting something else, is all we can do? We buy it, it is now ours to be responsible for, maybe?

But no guilt or blame to the unsuspecting consumer. Not your good hearts fault. And you have written a good post, thank you Sarah.

The Military uses acrylic sand bags since the bags are the most durable to use for flood control, and are fire retardant more than anything else, to save lives and communities.

Sun, 09 Aug 2015 13:24:40 -0700
Dr. Barniv on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous Hi Rachel, no I don't think natural rubber is a very good alternative because you are basically talking about pure latex. This is a strong allergen and can even cause an allergy over time in people not otherwise allergic to latex. They manufacturer also recommend replacing the guard several times a year and it makes little financial sense to me. The best alternative to a gold night guard is one made of 100% silicone. You can find them on Amazon. It has advantages and disadvantages like everything else. I wrote a lot more on this topic on my blog.

Dr. Barniv

Sat, 08 Aug 2015 00:05:13 -0700
finallyfree on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous Ever since I had my teeth bonded, my dentist has been making me these blue plastic night guards.  For quite a while, but more noticably for the past year, I had a cough that would not go away.  I tried several courses of antibiotics, a visit to the ENT who said it was silent reflux and post nasal drip  -- try prilosec and come back if it doesnt work and we will test you for allergy.  I fought for year and finally went to a pulmonologist who was happy to take my money... I tried everything... netti pot, gargle, prilosec, nose spray, claritin D, Zrtec, Zertec and Claritan D together -- no relief. After making an appt for the allergy testing, I was going to bed and looked at my night guard after its regular cleaning and just before putting it in, I had the epiphany.  Three days, no cough, no post nasal drip, no nothing...  I will find out what is in the plastic and tell the world.  It is poison. 

Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:34:08 -0700
Rachel on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous Hi Dr. Barniv,

Did you see the post  ( Jan 20, 2015) above yours about natural rubber mouthguards being developed and ready for sale mid 2015? I'm wondering if you would see this as a healthy alternative to the expense of a gold one? It's website is



Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:13:59 -0700
volcanicprncess on Prescription Glasses Miscellaneous I used to work at an optical place, but I won't name names. Glass is still the best, visually, but is extremely unsafe. If you have a high prescription (over +3/-3) or bifocals, they will be VERY heavy. Your frames may not be able to stand up to the lens weight and may weaken. Polycarbonate is the thinnest and msot scratch-resistant, but least clear for your vision. Some of the coatings that are on the lenses (ie Optifog, anti-glare) are Teflon-based.

Having said that, some jewelry places will weld metal glasses frames. Old frames - with or without lenses - can be donated to your local Lions club.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:30:43 -0700
volcanicprncess on Issues with acrylic yarn Miscellaneous I had actually purchased three garbage bags full of acrylic from my local thrift store. I ended up making large quantities of winter gear (mittens, scarves, hats, etc) and slippers for local charities. I feel better about it for the following reasons: I purchased it all secondhand. It went to a good cause.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:26:07 -0700
volcanicprncess on The Plastic Loofah Dilemma Miscellaneous What about a real loofa? (ie this: ) You might be able to find one at a farmers' market - we have a gourd guy at ours that sells them.

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:54:53 -0700
silver on shopping and DIY plasticfree products & ideas Miscellaneous Something needed that is plastic free? Something not thought of, yet? Share where you found something to replace plastic such as waterproof baskets that can be used for storage. Where an abundance of organic clothing is found. Maybe I need something I hadn't thought of or would like to make that is plastic free and a everyday need/want everyone could use. No cultural boundaries.

These are examples, imagine these baskets with plants in them in the yard or for storage in the house. I live in Canada and love Beth Terry's site and what she is doing. Need more ideas that I can use here in Canada, too as to where to shop. Where is the best selection, shipped anywhere, bought in a city store, and what does everyone's local community provide? So, what has EVERYONE done we can learn from? One creative idea is not limited by material, that is what alternatives using an idea is for. This is one way to become more plastic free. Everything that was ever done before plastic, some of which can be revived. There is nothing more plastic free related than that.

Fri, 10 Apr 2015 10:18:21 -0700
Dr. Barniv on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous Sure thing: The cost of a gold crown or night guard goes up dramatically if the gold content is high. For health reasons, you really only should have "high noble" gold products in your mouth. That means at bare minimum 60% gold but 75% is better. Beyond that the material gets too soft and this can be a problem long-term. I chose to make a 75% gold night guard and with the weight involved for an adult male, the lab bill alone was close to $2,000. Yikes, right?? And it is somewhat labor-intensive for me (the dentist) to fit one for a patient since it is a very inflexible material. So although I would probably be the only guy in the USA making a gold night guard Wink and have no way to compare, I would have to guess it could be upwards of $3,000 to have one made. Is it worth it? I don't know. I have gone to extraordinary lengths to get rid of plastic from my life and I am willing to spend money to achieve that. Considering that a night guard is sitting in your body 7-9 hours a day for the rest of your life, it may be worth leaving the plastic out of it. The one big plus is that a gold night guard would be expected to last a lifetime. Without a properly adjusted night guard, some people are susceptible to premature wear and tear on their teeth which can lead to teeth and fillings breaking as well as jaw joint problems, headaches and more.

Hope that helps! Dr. Barniv

I have more topics like this, if interested, on my blog:

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 18:15:36 -0700
Beth Terry on ecological outdoor adventure clothing options Miscellaneous Oh, also, it looks like pRana has replaced the Cecilia knicker with the Freya knicker.  Same materials but slightly different style/pattern.  Look how cute.

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:25:09 -0700
Beth Terry on ecological outdoor adventure clothing options Miscellaneous One other suggestion is the Cecilia knicker from pRana. It is mainly hemp and organic cotton with a tiny bit of spandex (hard to find athletic wear that is 100% plastic-free.)

Have you also checked out Rawganique?

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:12:17 -0700
Beth Terry on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous Hi Dr. Barniv. I have gold crowns. I'm wondering how much a gold night guard costs. Can you give us more information?

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:59:05 -0700
Dr. Barniv on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous Not sure if anyone is still paying attention to this thread. I am a dentist who cares a great deal about plastic-anything, especially a night guard. A well-adjusted night guard should improve headaches and comfort, not worsen it. A rubber night guard is notorious for problems since you cannot adjust it properly and you end up grinding even more. The solution I have found is quite expensive but it is a lifetime investment in your health and in a night guard that can be passed down in your inheritanceLaugh! It is a night guard made out of gold, yes you read that right. Gold is the absolute safest material to place on your body, in your mouth or whatever. The night guard cannot be pure gold, it is actually 75% gold with platinum and other good metals. Because it's metal, it can be made very thin and unobtrusive and it's softer than enamel so it prevents premature wear on your teeth. The biggest downfall is that it is obviously expensive to make, but I have made myself one and it is working great! Just thought I would share.

Dr. Barniv

Sunnyvale, CA

Mon, 06 Apr 2015 09:53:48 -0700
Letta on ecological outdoor adventure clothing options Miscellaneous Mostly I am looking for long sleeve shirts & yoga pants.  Finding ecological clothing for outdoor adventures, swimming and biking has been a toughie.  :)  Where on earth to turn for an ecological swimsuit or rash guard?!!?

While I tend towards the thrifty, I am even open to paying a considerable amount and finding a fashion designer and paying for personalized clothing wear. 

I lost a substantial amount of weight three years ago and would consider this an amazing gift to myself. 

Any ideas where to turn?  I've started contacting ecological fashion designers on Etsy - I really have NO idea where to even begin! :/


<3  <3  Greatly appreciating this blog!  FANTASTIC information & feel inspired by the dedication.

I just placed an order with PACT - THANK YOU for sharing about them!!! :)  Aventura was a great suggestion but as a very muscular woman, I don't see their styles flattering me.

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:42:00 -0700
Tim on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous i been using wilson mouth guards for 10 years with few problems until this past week. i have a sore throat and headache, didn't realize my mouth guard was the source until today. 

i wonder if something could be constructed with organic dye free cotton? i'd rather sleep with a sock in my mouth than wake up with another sore throat and headache.

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:50:51 -0800
webdangol223 on tin vs. glass packaging: which is better for the environment? Miscellaneous I got a lot of idea from those tips.Hope I will get others also.


Great job Guys.SmileSmile

Sun, 22 Feb 2015 23:58:36 -0800
silver on tin vs. glass packaging: which is better for the environment? Miscellaneous

This link has a really easy recipe and example to make waxed cloth for storing food, using bee wax and I will try it.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:02:25 -0800
silver on tin vs. glass packaging: which is better for the environment? Miscellaneous I guess it is difficult to decide which is better for the environment, when recycling. Watch video. One is a disaster to the environment for tin mining, the other took place Summer of 2014 for the copper and gold mining in B.C. Canada.

This is about sand mining.

I am guilty of using tin cans in our pantry, tuna, salmon etc., but I am going to switch to glass bottles and stainless steel for everything. Why? Read the articles from reliable sources here....

It is really hard isn't it? So what can we do? We must think of our health with toxins in our food, toxins and disasters to the environment. Glass usage is healthier for your body. That is important. While we pressure to stop producing plastics and tin cans, our mining industries need to be accountable and responsible for mining sand to create glass. Glass bottles being reused by companies, such as Coke cola used to do, and the way milk was bottled with the same reuse concept, is the way.

Stop plastics and leeching tin production, by creating more demand for glass, and put pressure on the companies to do it responsibly. Collect and reuse glass jam jars, yeast, sealer, cooking oil bottles, etc. to reuse as spice containers, flower vases, for homemade yogurt, dry goods storage such as beans/peas, pasta, and cat food and for so many other things using our imaginations.

Fri, 20 Feb 2015 01:14:17 -0800
ronnie on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous Good news... coming mid-2015!  i found a site with natural rubber mouth guards.  You can request to be notified when they come out with the guards which are still under testing.  Laugh

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:46:29 -0800
Avery on The Plastic Loofah Dilemma Miscellaneous Hello!

I am currently in the process of transferring plastic out of my life, and right now I am working on the hardest part (for me as a college freshman): the bathroom. One problem I've run across is discarding my plastic loofah. I'd hate to throw it away, so I was wondering if there are any better alternatives. Any creative suggestions? Help! 

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:27:28 -0800
Chris on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous I just got an Astron dental guard (the first one was "acrylic" buy was so thick and poorly seated that it was irritating the insides of my cheeks, and pinching the tissues when it popped out and back into place -- so I got a replacement of a different material, hence the Astron).  The manufacturer told my dentist over the phone that it is MMA-free and BPA-free, though online, the do NOT mention being BPA-free, so I am suspicious.  It tastes horrid after about 5 mins in my mouth. I'm soaking it in soapy water for the day to see if it makes a difference.  I am tempted to not use anything since it's so unpleasant.  I  can't imagine what else to do.  But the dentist says it's vital for my teeth.  Sigh.  Wish I had more to add to this discussion.

Wed, 05 Nov 2014 08:28:39 -0800
Aaron on Plastic Dental Night Guard Miscellaneous Hi, I'm glad I'm not alone in this too.  I just bought a nightguard with my insurance it was only 70.00.  but to me that's not the point, the first and only night I wore it, I woke up really sick in my abdomen/stomach with some kind of paste in my mouth, and phlegm in my throat.  Apparently the dentist says the mouthguard is made out of thermoplastic.  I just talked with him and he recommended putting it in my mouth during the day to see if I have the same reaction.  I don't even want to put that horrible tasting thing in my mouth ever again.  I should just stand my ground and demand a different mouthguard that doesn't make me sick.  I'm really frustrated with this dilemna, where if I don't wear the stupid thing I ground my teeth down and if I do wear it I get sick.  Why can't the medical profession use substances that are safe for human beings to put in their body????  Let's do that already Damn it!

Mon, 06 Oct 2014 18:26:04 -0700
Jeen-Marie on Recycling Acrylic Miscellaneous I do not know of a place that recycles acrylic, but check you area for a creative reuse center. They will usually take them for a repurposing project. 

Also sometimes Goodwill will take them as well. 

Good luck!

Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:09:21 -0700
EcoM8s on Recycling Acrylic Miscellaneous Does anyone know where acrylic can be recycled? My husband has a bunch of old acrylic trophies. I hate to throw them in the trash but can't locate anywhere to recycle them. I have read that acrylic can be recycled and made into new products.

Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:30:47 -0700