One of the first environmental exchanges made by many aspiring zero waste people was to replace their plastic toothbrushes with bamboo toothbrushes. But is the bamboo toothbrush really the most sustainable choice, or is there a zero waste toothbrush with a reusable handle? Are there toothbrushes made of other materials that are more environmentally friendly?
Read on to learn more about what makes toothbrushes environmentally friendly, and our recommendations for a zero-waste toothbrush that is more innovative than bamboo brushes.
Bamboo toothbrushes are a reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to plastic toothbrushes. Bamboo toothbrushes can be composted (except the bristles in most cases). They are also natural antibacterial agents, and bamboo grows very fast, making it a universally sustainable crop.
Unfortunately, the bristles of most bamboo toothbrushes are not biodegradable because they contain some plastic-even the most environmentally friendly toothbrushes. On these, you must use household pliers to remove the bristles before composting the handle.
In contrast, no part of a plastic toothbrush is traditionally recyclable. The only common way to recycle any brand of toothbrush is through oral care recycling program.
Therefore, if you want to get rid of traditional plastic toothbrushes that are not environmentally friendly, bamboo toothbrushes are an affordable and popular choice-but there are other zero-waste options on the market.
Post time: Oct-08-2021