Bogobrush in Costa Rica

Happy Earth Day, everyone! In honor of this special day that we at Bogobrush hold so very near and dear to our hearts, we want to share with you the story of one very special lady, Miss Kira Watkins, who is using Bogobrush as a tool on her personal mission to help protect sea turtles and raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution in Costa Rica.

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Kira has always possessed an exemplary environmental awareness, however, one experience in particular was a real game changer that sent her on a mission to cut plastic usage out of her life and inspire those around her to do the same. In 2013, Kira traveled from her home in Austin, TX down to Ostional, Costa Rica, where she volunteered with Estacion Biomarina Arribadas Ostional, an organization committed to helping protect the area’s ever-threatened sea turtle population. While volunteering, Kira couldn’t help but notice the alarming amount of plastic washed ashore, particularly, all of the of plastic toothbrushes that littered the beach, being ingested by sea turtles and other marine life and having disastrous results on the ecosystem.

She was determined to do something about it.

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Recently, Kira made yet another trip to Ostional, and this time she brought a little company–30 bamboo Bogobrushes, to be exact. She spoke to classes of young students to raise awareness of the importance of proper dental hygiene as well as the detrimental effects that disposable plastic products are having on our environment and its wildlife. We can say with complete confidence and pride that those kids came away with some valuable knowledge…and a new Bogobrush!

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Kira and Roberto the Spider Monkey talking dental hygiene and sustainability

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We at Bogobrush are so thankful for people like Kira, who are so eager to get out there and truly make a difference that will have a lasting effect for generations to come. She stands as an inspiration to us all. Cheers to you, Kira!

If you’d like to read more of Kira’s story, click HERE.

Heather Speaks at Green Drinks

AIGA Minnesota is the first place to turn for inspiration, professional development, and excellence in design in MN, so, needless to say, I was honored when I was recently given the opportunity to speak at AIGA Minnesota’s Green Drinks. It was so much fun!  It’s so amazing to see people getting involved and asking great questions about Bogobrush and its impact on both society and our environment.

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I think my favorite part was after the presentation where I got to chat with everyone, while making a lot of new friends and connections.

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This was a totally worthwhile event.  Thanks, AIGA, for inviting me, and thanks, Jay Larson Photography for the beautiful photos.  Last but not least, cheers to Dangerous Man Brewing for the beer, and for being a stellar host location!

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We did it!

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This morning we reached what is perhaps our most exciting milestone yet…we began fulfilling shipments! That means you are only a few days away from meeting your Bogobrush for the first time, and we’re confident it’ll be love at first sight. Frankly, our team is overjoyed, and we are so happy to show you that your Bogobrush is worth the wait. We truly could not have brought this “Little Toothbrush That Could” to life without you, so a huge thank you goes out to all of you for your support throughout our journey. For those of you outside of the U.S., please note that international orders must pass through Customs and may take a few weeks to be received. 

We’re so close!

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Can’t Stop Won’t Stop

Neither snow, nor rain, nor polar vortex could stop Heather from getting our Bogobrush handles to Wisconsin last night for bristling.

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The handles are slated for bristling this morning – we’ll be keeping you updated with our progress along the way!

SPECIAL DELIVERY

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U.S. CUSTOMS? CHECK! That’s right, the Bogobrush handles have cleared customs. We repeat, THE HANDLES HAVE CLEARED CUSTOMS! With the holidays being so busy, passing through U.S. Customs took longer than we had expected, but we are thrilled to let you know that they arrived yesterday, safe and sound, on CEO Heather’s doorstep. This is a huge milestone for Bogobrush, and now we’re in the homestretch…

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NEXT STOP, BRISTLING! The bristling tools are being dialed in, and as soon as we get the green light, Heather will be Wisconsin-bound, where she will personally hand-deliver the Bogobrush handles to our bristling partner. We invite you to follow along on your Bogobrush’s journey to your doorstep. We’ll be posting updates via our blogTwitter, and Facebook pages.

WE CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH. Again, we’d like to extend our gratitude to all of our supporters who have believed in this “Little Toothbrush that Could,” and stuck with us through the ups and downs. We honestly couldn’t do this without you. Your Bogobrush can’t wait to meet you!

Coming Soon to a Mouth Near You…

We have some exciting news! After a year of countless hurdles, we’re delighted to announce that this week, our Bogobrush handles are boarding a plane bound for the U.S. to be bristled and packaged. That means you’ll be brushing with Bogobrush before you know it!

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A question we’ve been getting a lot:  Will the Bogobrushes arrive in time for Christmas?

We’re doing everything we can to get the Bogobrushes out before Christmas, but it will be a close call. The handles are slated to be bristled and packaged stateside on December 19th or 20th. However, if they get hung up in customs or other delays along the way, there is a good chance that it may not be received until after Dec. 25th. Most likely, the Bogobrushes will be arriving in late December or early January, so you’ll be starting off the new year with a new toothbrush!

Again, on behalf of our entire team, we want to extend our gratitude to those who have been so supportive. We are so thrilled that about getting these beautiful brushes to you. Your Bogobrush can’t wait to finally meet you!

A BROTHER-SISTER DUO AFTER OUR OWN HEARTS!

Meet Rebecca and her brother, Mark, from Coon Rapids High School in Minnesota. Rebecca saw Bogobrush founders (and our very own sibling duo), John and Heather, speak at MN Business Ventures this summer, and they reached out to us to use Bogobrush as their DECA project. It was great to meet them, and we look forward to some fun collaborations!

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Congrats to Our Graphic Designer, Kyle!

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His blog, Serifs and Sans, topped the list of Design, Art, Photography blogs for dailytekk.com’s ‘100 Best, Most Interesting Blogs and Websites of 2014!’ 

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