We produce more than 359 million metric tons of plastic every year, and unfortunately, a lot of it ends up in landfills or the ocean, polluting the earth and posing a risk to marine life. 99% of all toothbrushes in the world are made from plastic, but with more and more people reconsidering the use of plastic products, bamboo toothbrushes are becoming a popular alternative for a number of reasons.
5 Reasons why you should switch to a bamboo toothbrush:
- The production process is environmentally-friendly
- They are effective and easy to use
- They are eco-friendly
- Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial
- Bamboo is a sustainable material
1. The production process is environmentally-friendly
The handle on a bamboo toothbrush is usually handcrafted with minimal use of electronic machinery, whereas a plastic toothbrush is produced in a factory, which use a number of machines in order to make the product.
Bamboo toothbrushes also don’t contain any chemical products, dye and ink.
2. They are effective and easy to use
If you brush properly, bamboo toothbrushes are easy to use and just as effective at cleaning your teeth than any manual toothbrush on the market. The bristles are generally soft nylon that provide maximum performance to remove stains, tartar and plaque from sensitive teeth and gums.
A natural bamboo toothbrush will also last as long as any plastic toothbrush. We recommend replacing your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months or when the bristles have frayed out of shape. Shop our 3 month toothbrush pack and brush so you can change both at the same time!
3. They are eco-friendly
The bamboo handle of the Brush is also fully compostable and biodegradable, and will safely return to the soil within 6 months. You may also decide to get creative with the high-quality piece of bamboo, for example using it to: fuel your fireplace, clean your shoes, label your plants, clean your keyboards and so much more.
Another key environmental benefit of bamboo is its ability to absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Compared to an equivalent tree mass, bamboo produces 35% more oxygen and research has shown that bamboo can absorb as much as 12 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare per year. That’s a lot of carbon sequestration!
4. Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial
Another advantage of switching to a bamboo toothbrush is that it is naturally antimicrobial. There’s a reason cutting boards and kitchen utensils are made out of wood and bamboo. Unlike plastic, properties inside the bamboo kill bacteria that penetrate its surface, providing long-lasting protection against harmful bacteria.
5. Bamboo is a sustainable material
Bamboo can be a very sustainable crop: a fast-growing grass, it requires no fertiliser and self-regenerates from its own roots, so it doesn't need to be replanted. By contrast, the petroleum used to make plastic is a limited resource.
Brush Fresh Co. is founded and run by a group of UK-based dentists, who specialise in environmentally-friendly and sustainable dental products. From biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes to zero waste toothbrush tablets, our product range has been designed to put both your dental health and the environment first. For more information and dental care advice, head over to our blog page or get in contact with us here.