Oral hygiene is important, but it shouldn’t cost the Earth. Manual toothbrushes are produced from polypropylene. It is estimated 50% of the ecocosts are incurred during the manufacture and distribution process, which cannot be a practice that continues.
It is estimated that 850 million to 1billion toothbrushes end up in landfill every year in the US -enough to stretch around the Earth four times; and roughly 30 million, that’s 1000 tonnes of landfill each year in Australia.
These are ugly stats and that’s why we need to embrace renewable and sustainable alternatives. Cue the bamboo toothbrush.
Bamboo seems to be everywhere at the moment, and this is because it is recognised as one of the most versatile species of wood on the planet with an incredible capacity for growth. As a result it is a often referenced as the most sustainable material on Earth.
A bamboo toothbrush is not perfect though, and I want to address this. On the plus side is almost entirely biodegradable: perfect would mean bristles that easily biodegrade in any environment. I searched for the ‘perfect’ bamboo toothbrush but my extensive research led me to same conclusion: there aren’t any nylon free bristles on the market yet.
Even though some companies claim their toothbrushes are 100% biodegradable, I have read a report that these claim are highly dubious as nylon and nylon and polyester mix is almost always the material used to produce the bristles. If you have heard of a company that offer vegan, biodegradable bristles, please get in touch, we’d love to know more and this company.
I selected Save Some Green’s because they’re a UK based, small family owned company who have been sourcing bamboo products from Asia for over 10-years.
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