Switching from the traditional plastic toothbrush to a bamboo toothbrush is one of the easiest things you can do to instantly reduce your plastic waste. In the US alone it is estimated that around one billion toothbrushes end up in landfill every year. That’s a staggering amount of plastic ending up in landfill and polluting the ocean.
Plastic toothbrushes are not biodegradable and can take up to 1000 years to decompose. A bamboo toothbrush on the other, takes only around six months to compost and is not harmful to the environment.
Bamboo is a plant with natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and can grow up to 1 meter a day. This makes it highly sustainable and hygienic.
Brushing your teeth should be something that promotes good health, however, regular toothbrushes are made of BPA or PVC based plastic for the handle and bristles, which can leave toxic microparticles of plastic in your mouth.
Bamboo plants take very little time to grow per day, they are the fastest growing plant on earth. With its anti-microbial composition, the bamboo plants do not have the need for fertilizers or pesticides for its growth. That is, bamboo toothbrushes all use only organic materials for their build.
Compared to the electric toothbrushes and plastic toothbrushes, Bamboo tooth brushes are easy to carry. The Bamboo toothbrush does not require electricity for its operations and so are perfect for travel situations. No hassle about charging, no need to plug it in and freedom to take your tooth brushing activity as far as you want from the bathroom. All without affecting the environment negatively.
The great part about a bamboo toothbrush is that it requires very little extra care than that of its wasteful plastic counterpart.