Meet the Gold Coast company helping sick animals AND your smile

A local Gold Coast company is doing wonders for the environment and the animals that live in it with a portion of sales from their sustainable teeth whitening business going towards helping sick koalas.

LoveSmiles, a company creating cruelty-free, toxic and peroxide free teeth whitening kits made from biodegradable products, is on a mission to not only brighten smiles in the safest way possible, but to also help injured Australian wildlife while doing so!

The founder of the business, 25-year-old Urissa Chinia, says she started LoveSmiles after learning more than 30 million toothbrushes end up in Australian Landfill each year.


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“In Australia, toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and packaging are big contributors to the single use plastic problem that makes up 1000 tonnes of landfill each year,” she said.

“The plastic they’re made of won’t break down in our lifetime, nor within our children’s lifetime.”

Not only helping the environment but native animals as well, LoveSmiles has also created a partnership with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

“It costs one million dollars a year to care for the 10,000 native Australian animals that find themselves at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital each year,” Ms Chinia said.

“The average cost to care for a Koala is $6,000 so we are donating a portion from every LoveSmiles sale to the cost of planting native gum trees that will be later used as food for sick Koalas.”

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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