Less Plastic Challenge Day 5: Bamboo Toothbrush

Plastic Toothbrush Facts:

  • Around 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are produced annually. 
  • On average, Americans purchase a new plastic toothbrush 3-4 times per year.
  • Every year 50 million pounds of toothbrushes end up in America's landfills. 
  • Plastic is not biodegradable. Our plastic toothbrushes do not go "away."

What We Can Do:

  • Stop buying plastic toothbrushes and start brushing with bamboo!
  • When we go to the dentist, we can politely decline the plastic bag filled with plastic toothbrushes.
  • Smile, because taking care of our teeth doesn't have to harm the planet!

Bamboo Facts:

Bamboo is a fast growing renewable resource that can be harvested in 1-5 years, as opposed to hardwoods like oak trees, which can take up to 40 years to mature. Bamboo can also grow in a wide range of climates without the use of any pesticides or fertilizers due to its antimicrobial properties. When bamboo is harvested, every part of this amazing plant can be used. Opting for products made from bamboo also cuts down on deforestation. 

Bamboo Toothbrush:

I use Brush With Bamboo's toothbrush because not only do they have a lot of integrity, they're kind and are the most sustainable bamboo toothbrush company on the market! Every part of their incredible toothbrush is plant-based, from box to wrapper, from handle to bristle. I can't think of one reason why I wouldn't want to Brush With Bamboo everyday!

Why Choose Brush With Bamboo?

  • Their toothbrushes are BPA free, Vegan, and Verified Non-toxic. 
  • The toothbrush handle is compostable. It can go into a municipal or backyard compost!
  • The wrapper can be composted in your municipal compost (not in your backyard). 
  • The box is made from 100% recycled paper and can be recycled again! No tape or glue is used to keep the box together-- how awesome is that!
  • Brush With Bamboo conserves water by only letting the rain water irrigate their wild mountain bamboo. 
  • The bristles aren't perfect (62% castor bean oil, and 38% plastic) and they're not biodegradable; however, they might be able to be recycled, but not in your curbside bin. It's best to contact your city directly to figure out if they accept them.

Hot Tip: When it's time to replace my toothbrush, I upcycle it and use it for detailed cleaning or as a marker for plants in the garden! 

Brush with integrity-- Brush With Bamboo!

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