In our household, we’re always looking for ways to cut out more plastic from our lives. You probably know, but I’m going to mention it anyway – plastic takes up to 1000 years to breakdown.
I’ve never really thought about my toothbrush, even though it’s made from plastic. Sure, I’ve seen those alternative toothbrushes at the store but never made the switch. According to Brush with Bamboo, over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes end up in oceans and landfills every year.
A few months ago, I finally made the leap and started to use a Brush with Bamboo toothbrush. I’ll never go back! I’ve even started to politely decline the free toothbrush from my dentist now.
I’m really impressed with this responsibly-made product. Everything used to make the brush is plant-based. The plant-based nylon bristles are made partly from castor bean oil 62% (and 38% plastic) and they can be recycled after use. The bamboo is compostable. The plant-based wrapper is also compostable. And the box can be composted or recycled. It is BPA-Free, Vegan, and Verified Non-toxic. You can get more details from their site here.
So, how does a bamboo toothbrush compare to a conventional one? I have to admit that when I first started to use it, it felt strange because it didn’t have that ultra smooth “slip” you get from plastic toothbrushes. However, that only lasted about the first 3 or 4 days; you get used to it pretty quickly. I have sensitive gums and the bristles have not caused any problems. They offer soft bristles and ones made specifically for children too.
What about the cost? Depending on the type of toothbrush you use, it is about double the price. I just Googled a Colgate toothbrush and it came up as $6. The Brush with Bamboo toothbrushes are around $10 so they are quite expensive. However, it is often suggested by dentists that you get a new toothbrush about every 4 months so that adds up to about $30 a year for one person. It does seem pricey but the cost of continuing to use disposable plastics and supporting the fossil fuel industry on our planet and our future is even more costly. Every little bit that each person does counts:)
PS. I wasn’t paid in any way to write about the products mentioned in this post.