10 Plastic Toothbrush Alternatives:
You will most likely use 4 toothbrushes a year. If you will die with 90 that makes approximately 360 toothbrushes. Made of plastic and are non recyclable in a city recycling facility. They end up in landfill if they won't get burned to energy or get burned on landfills in undeveloped countries. At beach clean ups around the world, tooth brushes get found regularly.
Want to change that? Get a compostable toothbrush.
You can find bamboo toothbrushes in a lot of organic shops and zero waste stores or eco friendly online stores by now. Organic Bamboo is a sustainable source because bamboo is a quick growing plant.
You can even find tooth brushes made of recycled plastic, made of recycled money, some where you only need to dispose the head, etc. I just wait for the first supermarket to get them in stock!
Mostly Bamboo Toothbrushes come wrapped in paper and carton (the recycled ones still come in plastic) or in a compostable plastic bag (not all city composts take these bags though, check with your local compost facility if they take compostable plastic before buying!).
Mostly they are made with plastic bristles. But it is important to have good bristles to make oral hygiene a safe one, so if theres no good alternative yet that suits you, or if you want a vegan one thats what you need to accept.
There are Toothbrushes with natural bristles made of Pig or Boar hair. The bristles feel different to the plastic ones, so you need to get used to them
So it is important to remove the plastic bristles (or the whole head) before throwing the bamboo into the compost. Bamboo is compostable, but some city composts don't take them because the compost too slow. So check with them. You can still use them to label veggies in your garden or burn them, or just cut in small pieces and burry underneath your hedge ;) There are a few with natural bristles too, but they might not be vegan. My boyfriend reacted with bleeding irritations on the tongue and inside cheeks after using a bamboo toothbrush, so we bought a toothbrush for him where you only need to dispose the head. Still plastic (also a little PE in the packaging), but like the Bamboo brushes only the bristles/head will get disposed.
Buy toothbrushes online in big packs and they will become a little cheaper per piece.
If you are looking for a travel toothbrush? Just take your normal one. Theres no need for a disposable toothbrush because you travel. Wrap your toothbrush in a cotton cloth and go!
Work on that eco-friendly smile;)
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