What’s the first thing you touch in the morning? It’s probably your toothbrush. Do you want the first thing you touch every day to be plastic?
So why are toothbrushes so bad for the environment? They’re made from polypropylene plastic and nylon, which come from fossil fuels. Like so much other plastic that’s thrown away, toothbrushes often end up in waterways and oceans. According to National Geographic, every toothbrush that’s been produced since the 1930s still exists on the planet. Many of them are trash.
Most of us will replace around 300 toothbrushes during our lifetime. Toothbrushes are not recyclable. Approximately a billion brushes are thrown away in the United States annually — that’s 50 million pounds of waste. Roughly 3.5 billion brushes are sold worldwide each year — they all have to go somewhere, and that somewhere is usually landfill. It’s staggering to comprehend. Did you know that if you laid out the toothbrushes thrown away in the U.S. in a year, they would wrap around the Earth four times!
Manual toothbrushes are not the only toothbrushes that use plastic to be created. Electric toothbrushes are typically made from plastic and rubber as well. Unfortunately, there are other negative impacts that electric toothbrushes cause, too.
To operate, many electric toothbrushes run on batteries. Even rechargeable batteries end up needing replaced over time and these batteries often get discarded into landfills where the battery acid leaks into nearby streams and rivers, harming the ecosystem.
Plastic alternatives like bamboo toothbrushes are catching on as replacements. Bamboo toothbrush handles can take around six months to compost, while a plastic one takes hundreds of years to fully break down. Bamboo is an environmentally sustainable material, the worlds fastest naturally renewing resource which is also inherently anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
Our toothbrushes are:
100% Biodegradable Bamboo Handle
Soft Bristle& Hard Bristle, BPA-Free, Non-Toxic, Recyclable
We Recommends replacing your toothbrush every 3 months, or when the bristles have frayed.
Bamboo Toothbrush is a sustainable alternative to plastic toothbrushes that usually end up in landfills or oceans. By making the switch you will help to protect and preserve our beautiful planet from plastic pollution. Quit plastic, brush sustainable!