There’s no denying that the Zero Waste movement is gaining a lot of momentum. Thanks to many people turning to blogging about their journey with Zero Waste, there’s been a huge spotlight shone upon our atrocious plastic problem. It’s everywhere. We are literally surrounded by plastic, and it’s been estimated that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans¹.
I’m often asked ‘what changes should we make?’ and there’s one thing that I feel is super easy but important to change; your toothbrush. With 4.7 billion toothbrushes being made annually², which we are advised to change every 3 months, it seems a pretty important item to switch to a more sustainable and eco-friendly option ASAP.
Switching To A Bamboo Toothbrush
Bamboo is a natural plant based material which, at the end of its life, is totally biodegradable and can even be composted. Bamboo is a sustainable material and grows super quick. I think it also looks quite nice, too.
Bamboo toothbrushes have a bamboo handle, and typically bristles made from nylon. Some brands out there use nylon4 for their bristles, which are shown in a lab to be biodegradable. Huzzah!
What To Do With Your Old Plastic Toothbrush?
I am a huge believer in repurposing things into something else once it’s no longer good for it’s intended purpose. Long before I started this blog and before I had my son, I used to work in the motorcycle industry. I also rode motorbikes (I still miss my Honda CB1000R and my Triumph Street Triple R – *reminisces about a past life*), and any biker will tell you how useful old toothbrushes are. I used them for cleaning hard to reach places, drive chain, and other nooks and crannies.
You see, toothbrushes make excellent detail cleaners and make scrubbing at smaller details SO much easier. I often clean my 4 year old’s shoes with warm water and a toothbrush. Here’s a list of other ideas for uses for your old toothbrush:
- Detail cleaner for hard to reach places (esp great for cars, motorbikes and pushbikes)
- Shoe sole cleaner (seriously great at cleaning tread on shoe soles)
- Plant pot label stick
- Stain treatment on clothes (use the brush to help lift away stain with a stain remover)
Where Can I Buy Bamboo Toothbrushes?
They are available pretty much worldwide now at a host of various retailers, or directly from the brand.
Have you or will you switch to a bamboo toothbrush?
- By 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans – BBC
- About 4.7 billion toothbrushes are manufactured each year – The Hindu