Which toothbrush to choose: bamboo or plastic?


If you change the brushes, as expected, once every two months, then in a few runs a whole bag of brushes. And how many of them have you, honestly, handed over for processing? We offer an eco-friendly alternative — a natural bamboo brush.

Is it really eco-friendly?

Most bamboo brushes have nylon bristles. Alternative — cactus needles or boar bristles. The first option is significantly more expensive, the second one is not ethical.

A wooden handle will decompose very quickly, but the bristles are the same plastic. And we know that organics with synthetics do not decompose properly, releasing harmful substances into the atmosphere in the process. That is why simply throwing the bamboo brush in the trash after use is not much better than using the usual plastic brushes.

But there is a solution. To reduce the ecological footprint of a bamboo brush, rip out the bristles with pliers (or a grater) and bury the handle in the ground in a garden or forest. You can burn it. In a trash bag, along with non-degradable plastic waste, the pen will not decompose.

You can also find creative ways to reuse bamboo handles, like turning them into plant markers for your garden.

An old toothbrush can be used around the house and clean shoes. Freedom to creativity!

What else is not eco-friendly plastic toothbrushes?

They are often packaged in plastic and cardboard. This thick package is glued to cardboard (and not recycled). And if the cardboard is then recycled or decomposed, then the plastic is no longer amenable to such manipulations.

We put bamboo toothbrushes in a cardboard box made from recycled paper (=waste paper). Bamboo brushes, even when packaged, are smaller and lighter than regular brushes, which means they need less fuel to transport, which means a smaller carbon footprint.

Bamboo also requires almost no water to grow, and its cultivation does not require fertilizers or pesticides.

Conclusion: bamboo toothbrushes are three times more environmentally friendly than conventional ones.

How to care for a bamboo toothbrush?

1) Wash your toothbrush with warm soapy water before first use. You don’t need to boil.

2) Replace your bamboo toothbrush as often as other types: every 3-4 months or when there is visible wear/damage to the bristles. Timely replacement of an old toothbrush with a new one will help keep your teeth as clean and healthy as possible.

3) After an illness, it is also recommended to change the toothbrush.

4) Make sure that water does not accumulate in the glass where the brushes are stored. In a dry place, bacteria multiply more slowly.

5) Do not store the brush in a closed travel case — there is not enough ventilation in it.

6) At the end of the service life, pull out the bristles with pliers and discard. Compost or burn the wooden handle.


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