Why switch to a bamboo toothbrush?
Plastic toothbrushes represent 1% of the wastes in our oceans. We are used to changing them every 3-4 months, so every year we throw away more than 4.5 billion plastic toothbrushes.
Conventional toothbrushes are made of a combination of different types of plastics making them difficult to recycle. and they take more than 400 years to decompose.
So when the time comes, how should you dispose of your bamboo toothbrush properly? This guide will cover just that in 3 easy steps.
Most of these waste toothbrushes end up in landfills and our oceans where they take more than 400 years to decompose, damaging marine life.
But worry not. The good news is, together we can stop it and turn things around!
Bamboo toothbrushes are an eco-friendly alternative compared to their plastic counterparts. Bamboo is a renewable and sustainable resource that will help eliminate your plastic waste in the environment. By switching from a plastic to a bamboo toothbrush you are taking the first step in a solution to our global waste problem.
Here is why:
Bamboo toothbrush handles take only around six months to compost, while a plastic one takes hundreds of years to fully break down.
Bamboo is a natural plant that is fully biodegradable and can sustain rapid growth by up to three feet (1 meter) a day for some species. Known for being a tough plant that can survive against nature’s harsh conditions.
Our bamboo toothbrush is made from a species called moso bamboo, which is totally organic and wild. It does not need fertilisers, pesticides or irrigation. Moreover, it does not compromise our dearest pandas diet. All these make it the perfect material for the handle.
Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial. There is a reason cutting boards and kitchen utensils are made out of wood and bamboo. Unlike plastic, properties inside the bamboo kill bacteria that penetrate its surface, providing long-lasting protection against harmful bacteria.
Bristles on eco-friendly bamboo toothbrushes are BPA free. BPA (or bisphenol-A) is a chemical found in many hard plastics. Based on animal studies, there is warranted concern about the potential health effects of BPA. BPA- free non-plastic nylon bristles on your bamboo toothbrush will not give off any toxins when disposed of.
One final note, make sure your bamboo toothbrush is packaged with biodegradable eco-friendly cardboard that is just as environmentally-friendly as the toothbrush itself.