We all need to brush our teeth young and old.
Some annual statistics from Go Bamboo;
30 million toothbrushes are thrown in the tip in Australia and
22,000 tonnes of toothbrushes are thrown in the tip in the USA!
That’s a lot of plastic.
There is a lot of choice out there here are my picks of
the most environmentally friendly options.
I love bamboo.
These bamboo toothbrushes are fantastic and completely biodegradable.
The handle is made from bamboo and the bristles are made from biodegradable nylon 4.
The toothbrushes come in a recycled cardboard box.
Once you have finished cleaning your teeth with this brush
you can clean other items.
Mr Ecochick likes to use it to clean electronic equipment since the bamboo is antistatic.
Then simply throw the toothbrush in the compost bin or bury it in your garden to break down.
I love that Preserve toothbrushes are made from recycled yoghurt cups.
In the US you can drop off your old yoghurt cups to be turned into toothbrushes.
Also in the US simply save your toothbrush packaging and when the toothbrush is ready to be thrown out put it in the packaging and send it back to Preserve.
In NZ you can cut the bristles off and throw it in with your recycling.
Another option is an electric toothbrush.
Electric toothbrushes really do a great job at cleaning your teeth.
Although the heads are not recyclable it is much less plastic being thrown away then a whole toothbrush.
The original toothbrush was the miswak stick.
The miswak stick is a root from the Peelu tree (Salvadora Persica).
Peel some of the stick away and the chew on the stick to clean your teeth.
Being from a tree this stick is completely natural and of course biodegradable.
Has anyone used these toothbrushes?
or feel inspired to try an alternative to your plastic toothbrush?