On a recent trip to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago I came across a colorful sculpture, Stella the Seahorse. Stella is thirteen feet tall, made entirely of plastic marine debris removed from Pacific Coast Beaches and is part of a traveling art exhibit “Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” which officially debuts at the aquarium on September 23rd. Looking closely at Stella you see that she is made of things like drink bottles, bottle caps, toy shovels and TOOTHBRUSHES!

“Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea” inspires us to be part of the solution to reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle. At Artisan Dental we encourage everyone, whether a patient here or not, to please gather up your toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes, floss containers, mouthwash bottles and deodorant containers and bring them to us. We are delighted to partner with Terracyle to make sure that these items get repurposed and don’t become part of this enlightening exhibit!

At Artisan Dental we appreciate that we are an interwoven part of a larger local and global community. We are heartened by the opportunity to support  organizations with owner and staff volunteer hours, free dental services, and/or ongoing financial contributions.

A recent example: Mackenzie, one of our amazing dental hygienists, and friends participated in the 2017 25th Scenic Shore 150 Bike Ride. This is a two day, 150-mile cycling event to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society along Lake Michigan. Mackenzie and friends were part of the 1500 cyclists that helped raise almost $1,400,000! Congratulations on completing such a worthwhile event and thank you for helping blood cancer patients live longer, better lives.