Bamboo, Eco Friendly Toothbrush
Cleaning your teeth is an essential part of your daily routine. Doing it properly and regularly — first thing in the morning and last thing at night are the minimum your friendly dentist would recommend to keep your mouth healthy and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. But good habits can have unforeseen consequences, which in this case is an increase in plastic litter. +
The Threat from Plastic Toothbrushes
It is now widely known and accepted that plastic waste is harmful and is particularly having a terrible effect on our oceans and marine life. Toothbrushes, which are made largely of plastic, are a major contributor to this problem since each one takes up to one thousand years to decompose.
It is thought that people on average use 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime and each one of these generally goes into general waste. In total, around 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes are used each year throughout the world and some 80% of these end up in landfill.
The only real answer to the problem is a truly eco friendly toothbrush, but this is more difficult to achieve than may be imagined. Whilst a biodegradable handle is relatively easy to achieve, the business part of the toothbrush — the bristles — poses more of a challenge.
Natural bristles, such as those made from badger or pig hair, are not acceptable to vegans and are considered too abrasive for gums. These also tend to retain moisture and so form a perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Consequently, great care needs to be taken in cleaning and drying the bristles so that food debris and moisture are removed, but even this is not usually good enough.
An effective solution is to have bristles made from nylon, which at least can be free of the chemical BPA that can cause health problems such as heart disease and endocrine disrupting health issues. Although these bristles are not biodegradable, they can be removed with some handy tools at home and recycled when the brush is replaced (usually every one to four months).
Buy a Bamboo Toothbrush and Reduce Plastic Waste
A bamboo toothbrush from Wholesome Hub is one of the best ways to keep your mouth and the world as healthy as possible. The handle of the toothbrush is not only comfortable to use but is also made from one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly materials on the planet.
The bamboo we use is not eaten by pandas and is grown sustainably without the need for pesticides or other chemicals. It’s one of the most abundant plants on earth, regenerates naturally and is incredibly fast growing.
To be effective as well as eco friendly, the bristles are a mixture of nylon. Although these aren’t naturally biodegradable as the handle is, they can be recycled and so won’t add to plastic waste. When the toothbrush comes to the end of its life, you can throw it in the general waste knowing it will degrade much quicker than its plastic equivalent. Even better, remove the bristles for recycling and put the handle on the compost heap where it will decompose naturally.
The result is a toothbrush that’s great for your oral health and good for the planet. So brushing your teeth with a clear conscience has never been easier.
Benefits of Using an Eco-Friendly Toothbrush
From less bacteria lingering between uses to being better for the environment, there are so many pros to using a bamboo toothbrush. Let’s explore some of them!
Biodegradability. Standard toothbrushes with plastic handles don’t degrade well, whereas a toothbrush that has a bamboo handle does. So, whenever you throw your old brush away, you’ll rest easy knowing that before long it will have decomposed naturally rather than hanging around in a landfill for years, even decades.
Personalise It! You can invest in a bamboo toothbrush for each member of your family without worrying about which toothbrush belongs to who. Unlike plastic, when you write your name on bamboo, it won’t be rubbed off within days, and you can easily find your own. Let’s not forget that designing a toothbrush is exactly the type of thing your children will enjoy so why not make it a fun activity that will encourage regular brushing?
Move Away from Plastic
Still not convinced about making the switch to a bamboo handle? Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying a toothbrush that has a bamboo handle is worth it when you keep in mind the cons of sticking to plastic;
- Plastic toothbrushes will contribute to your carbon footprint
- Plastic toothbrush bristles are often made from animal hair
- A plastic toothbrush must be replaced more often than eco-friendly alternatives
A Little About Our Eco-Friendly Toothbrushes
Buying an eco-friendly brush from the Wholesome Hub store will give you all of the benefits we’ve listed above and more.
- All of the toothbrushes we have in our store are reasonably priced so that you can switch from plastic to bamboo without cost being a barrier!
- Our toothbrushes are vegan-friendly and GMO-free
- Children and adult eco-friendly toothbrushes are available
- With softer bristles, you can enhance your oral hygiene without any discomfort or bleeding
- We have brushes that are suitable for anyone who has sensitive teeth, gums, or is prone to mouth ulcers
Buying from Wholesome Hub
At Wholesome Hub, we offer much more than organic and eco-friendly products. Here’s why we’re the best place to buy a bamboo toothbrush and many other health promoting and environmentally friendly items;
- If you place an order that exceeds $150, you’ll automatically get free shipping
- We offer products that are gluten-free, GMO-free, nut free, and vegetarian friendly
- The Wholesome Hub support team are readily available to answer your questions
- Food, drinks, cosmetics, and organic baby products are just the start of what we sell
- Our team are constantly looking out for the newest products for customers to try and everything we add to our store is organic
To top it off, we’re always doing our best to help others reduce their carbon footprint while keeping themselves healthy, that’s where our blog comes in! Stay up to date and find out what you can do to protect the environment by checking back in with us often.
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