Our daily tooth habits are ingrained in us – we brush our teeth every morning and every night, we change our toothbrushes when necessary, we throw away our toothpaste when the tube is empty. But could this daily practice harm the environment?
Unfortunately, commercially available toothbrushes can have a negative impact on our planet. The plastic from which many toothbrushes are made is harmful to the environment, ends up in landfills and pollutes our waterways. The solution is an environmentally friendly bamboo toothbrush.
Read on to find out how a simple (and inexpensive!) Toothbrush switch can help save our planet!
What do plastic toothbrushes do to the environment?
About 30 million toothbrushes are thrown away each year in Australia alone, while 1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away in the United States each year. Traditional toothbrushes are made from polypropylene plastic and nylon, which are obtained from non-renewable fossil fuels.
Before your toothbrush makes it into your bathroom, it’s polluting the environment. The manufacture of the nylon used in a toothbrush creates a toxin called laughing gas, which is a greenhouse gas. If you eventually throw this toothbrush away, it will either end up in a landfill, which takes about 500 years to break down, or it will pollute our waterways.
Are Bamboo Toothbrushes Better for the Environment?
A well-made bamboo toothbrush has a much more positive impact on our planet. While most toothbrushes still require a percentage of nylon to physically make the bristles, a bamboo handle toothbrush is a far more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to your traditional toothbrush. One of the fastest growing plants on earth, bamboo is an entirely natural material, unlike the fossil fuel-derived plastic and nylon used to make standard toothbrushes. Bamboo requires no pesticides and very little water to grow and therefore has a much smaller carbon footprint than plastic. Plus, it’s fully biodegradable, which means it can be recycled after use!
What are the advantages of bamboo toothbrushes?
Our favorite bamboo toothbrush, the Life Basics Bamboo & Charcoal Toothbrush, is just as beneficial for your teeth as it is for the planet! The bristles of this particular toothbrush have been carefully infused with Binchotan activated carbon, known for its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as its ability to whiten and whiten teeth. Activated Binchotan Charcoal can also help improve bad breath by reducing the bacteria that cause it! The Life Basics bamboo and charcoal toothbrush also comes in 100% plastic-free, biodegradable packaging, so you don’t ruin your environmental efforts by purchasing a plastic-wrapped product.
We recommend combining your new environmentally friendly toothbrush with an environmentally friendly, natural toothpaste. Buy our entire range of sustainable, natural and pollution-free dental health products online now.