Isao Miyoshi has started a non-profit organisation called the The Japan Denture Recycle Association to raise cash donations for UNICEF, by using donated dentures. Miyoshi runs a dental lab producing new dentures from moulds. He realised that when new dentures are made, old pairs are thrown away, and this sparked the idea of recycling the metal from the old dentures. The dentures are separated from the metal clasps, and the metal is then recycled. In 2007, the association donated about £80,600 U.S. to the Japan Committee for UNICEF, according to the JapanFS website.
Disinfect your dentures. Boil the dentures on the stove or clean them with the denture cleaner you have used in the past.
Wrap the dentures in a tissue paper and seal them in a plastic bag. Place the plastic bag into a padded envelope or bubble mailer. Include a note or additional monetary donation in the envelope, if you wish to do so. Seal the envelope and address it to
350-8799 Dentures Recycling Association Japan.
Calculate the postage by visiting the USPS website. (Find a link in Resources.) Click the "calculate postage" button, and hit the "go" button under the heading of calculating international postage. Select Japan for the destination, select the type of packaging, and fill in the fields for the weight. View the price and time options for mailing the package. Purchase the required postage online to mail the package from your home or take it to your local post office.
- Collect dentures from friends and family members to send a large amount to the charity.