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How sustainable is bamboo and how does it compare to plastic?

Updated: Dec 11, 2021


Considering switching to a bamboo toothbrush instead of the regular old plastic one? Here are three reasons why switch to team bamboo. Plastic is a problematic material, especially when it is used for toothbrushes. Bamboo, on the other hand, has many advantages you’ll appreciate!

 


Plastic is problematic

Plastic is a cheap and versatile material, which has led to its widespread use across many industries. However, all these plastic products, including plastic toothbrushes, are adding to plastic pollution piling up in landfills and nature. Especially since half of all plastic is single-use!

All the toothbrushes, plastic straws, coffee cups, plastic bags, takeaway cutlery and many more plastic products add up. The good news is that it is easy to start making a difference – by refusing plastic.

Plastic pollution is one of the largest environmental threats we are facing today. Do we really want to keep adding to the problem?



What is so wrong with plastic toothbrushes?

Plastic toothbrushes are made from two materials – a polypropylene handle and nylon bristles. Both of these are fossil-fuel-based plastics. This means not just that their production is harmful to the environment, but also that once they’re discarded, they will stick around on this planet for a long time.

Toothbrushes aren’t just filling up landfills – more and more of them are ending up in the ocean! As plastic toothbrushes take hundreds of years to decompose, you can probably imagine we’re headed for an environmental catastrophe if we don’t make a change. In fact, by the year 2050, there is expected to be more plastic in the ocean than fish (by weight)!

Most of us will use around 300 plastic toothbrushes in our lifetime. It’s time to start protecting the environment with the choices we make – and make a difference by choosing a bamboo toothbrush over plastic.



Why a bamboo toothbrush?

Bamboo is natural, fully biodegradable and renewable, which makes it a perfect alternative to plastic. Bamboo grows incredibly fast and even produces more CO2 than an average hardwood tree, so we don’t have to worry about running out any time soon.

You aren’t taking bamboo off of pandas’ plates either – the moso bamboo we use for toothbrush handles is only one subspecies, one that pandas don’t eat.

The bristles on our bamboo toothbrushes are free of BPA, made from nylon 6 which has a lower impact on the environment and does not endanger our health. Last but not least, the toothbrushes are packaged in plastic-free cardboard boxes which you can recycle or compost.

Once you’re finished using your toothbrush, all you need to do is cut off the bristles (which can be recycled) and compost the handle! Nothing goes to the landfill or the ocean and our beautiful planet remains green.


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If you've tried a bamboo toothbrush or recently made the switch, feel free to leave your comments below. We would love to hear your ideas and tips and join our community.



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