The Origin of Stuff
I highly recommend listening to a podcast of this programme which was broadcast on Radio 4 on the 5th June 2019.
The programme discusses that most humble and yet most useful of objects – The Toothbrush.
Katy Brand with the help of historians and members of the dental profession tells the fascinating story of how the toothbrush became one of life’s essentials. They discuss how from its origins as a piece of wood, the brush has morphed into modern plastic battery operated devices which given the problems around plastic may not be the most environmentally friendly.
Have a listen and when you next clean your teeth you will really appreciate the thought and design that goes into making that wonderful device for literally giving plaque the brush off!