Why a bamboo toothbrush is the new black

Why a bamboo toothbrush is the new black

Everything is the new black these days, but at least the understated bamboo toothbrush looks great AND doesn’t leave a 400 year mark on the environment. Could it get any better than that?  In Australia alone – over 30 million toothbrushes are disposed of each year (source: thecharcoaltoothbrush.com) which roughly works out to be the distance from Perth to Brisbane, along the coast. That’s a huge distance! Roughly 5,500 km.

We know that the facts and figures of our environmental situation can be really daunting, and it can be really hard to find easy, sustainable solutions in this plastic fuelled world. We get it, it’s hard. We’re all human and it’s not easy being perfect, 100% of the time.

But guess what? Using a bamboo toothbrush can be one of the quickest and easiest changes in reducing your environmental footprint. You don’t even have to form a new habit! You just have to keep one you’ve had from a young age (hopefully…) – brushing your teeth!

Here are some snazzy reasons why bamboo toothbrushes are the new black:

Bamboo toothbrush handles can be composted

Your bamboo toothbrush handle can be popped your into your compost, or a commercial compost setup. The other option is re-using the bamboo for something else! You might use it as a base for a bedazzling craft activity with your kids, or as the stick for a miniature wall hanging you might be inspired to make. Get crafty!  

Something to keep in mind regarding toothbrush bristles. The Brush It On bristles are made of fully biodegradable Nylon, although some bamboo toothbrushes bristles aren’t. In the later case, you will need to take these out before composting (or reusing!) your bamboo toothbrush handle. This is simple enough to do with some pliers. Once you’ve removed your bristles – you can put these in your standard rubbish bin, that gets sent to landfill.

Plastic toothbrushes are harming our environment

It’s hard to believe that such a small object can do so much harm to our environment. But the truth of the matter is – if it was YOUR toothbrush alone, then it wouldn’t be quite so much of a big deal. It’s when there’s 30 million toothbrushes thrown out in Australia each year, it becomes a pretty hefty issue.

It would be an even bigger issue if people replaced their current toothbrush as often as they should. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months. So 30 million plastic toothbrushes in landfill each year is actually on the low end. Imagine if the 24 million people in Australia actually followed the hygiene recommendation, and replaced their toothbrush every 3 months. That’s a lot of plastic waste from one tiny item! The good news is that you can follow this 3 month hygiene guideline AND not harm the planet, all by swapping your plastic toothbrush for a bamboo one.

Bamboo has natural antibacterial properties

Have you ever wondered why bamboo grows so dramatically in nature, compared to other plants? Part of the reason is linked to it’s natural antibacterial properties, so it can survive bigger hits than other plant species out there. That’s got to bode well for a toothbrush.

The wooden look is very stylish

That light wooden look feels very Scandinavian – so that’s both trendy and timeless, right?

Making that initial switch to a bamboo toothbrush shouldn’t take work – that’s why at Brush It On, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to make better product choices for the environment. You can get a bamboo toothbrush delivered straight to your door! For yourself, your partner and your family. Simple! So don’t brush it off anymore – Brush It On. Check out our range of toothbrushes here to get yourself on the right track for a sustainable lifestyle.

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