What is so good about bamboo toothbrushes?
Around 98 million toothbrushes go into Australian landfill each year. That’s 980 million toothbrushes in waste over ten years. With each toothbrush taking an average of 400 years to break down, it’s easy to understand how harmful these household items really are.
On the contrary, a bamboo toothbrush only takes 4-6 months to fully break down, and can be done in your backyard!
So, why is it important to use a bamboo toothbrush?
Bamboo Toothbrushes reduce pollution
A large number of harmful chemicals are involved in the making of the plastic toothbrush, including elements of rubber & crude oil, as well as plastic by products from the manufacturing process. The packaging is also a factor, with this process usually requiring additional plastic
A bamboo toothbrush handle is typically made from organic bamboo, as the plant rarely needs pesticides or fertilisers to grow (bamboo has often been dubbed as one of the worlds fastest growing plants!), meaning the production process it extremely low waste.
Bamboo Toothbrushes reduce waste
Once it has worn out, a plastic toothbrush is typically thrown into a waste bin, taken to a waste facility, and dumped in landfill to degrade over the next 400 years. There is a huge amount of waste going into our cities thanks to toothbrushes, but the good thing is we have a better option.
Once a bamboo toothbrush is finished with, it can be disposed of in the waste bin, taken to the waste facility, and degrade completely within the year. Or, better yet, a bamboo toothbrush can be disposed of in a backyard compost, where it will likely degrade over the course of 4-6 months.