Switching to a Bamboo Toothbrush

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In an attempt to be more green in our home I have been working on reducing my bathroom waste.

I’ve made several successful switches including making my own Homemade Reusable Face Wipes using an epilator and safety razor for shaving and Switching to Reusable Sanitary Pads.

Bamboo Toothbrush

If you read my Zero Waste Beauty Routine post then you’ll remember that one switch I wanted to make was to start using bamboo toothbrushes. I managed to find some in our local zero waste store in Totnes.

The brand I bought is called Hydrophil. They are eco-friendly, vegan-friendly and BPA free. You can buy soft, medium and children varieties.

Hydro Phil bamboo toothbrush

Why Make the Switch 

Toothbrushes were originally made of bone which of course is a natural material. Modern toothbrushes are made from a variety of different plastics including high-density polyethene and nylon. Both of which are not biodegradable.

The majority of our plastic toothbrushes go to landfill or worse still end up in our oceans and washed up on beaches. In the US it’s estimated that around 850 million toothbrushes end up in landfill every year.

Sorry, I can’t seem to find any UK figures. If you know of any please do let me know.

It’s no secret that we are starting to drown in our own waste, by switching to bamboo you’re making a good start in creating a solution to that problem.

toothbrush waste

The Good Bits 

I started using my new toothbrush a month ago and I’m really happy with it so far. My teeth feel as clean as they did with a plastic brush. However, unlike the plastic ones the bamboo brush can be composted.

Someone mentioned that it took them a while to get used to the wood taste in their mouth but I honestly haven’t noticed it. Unless of course, you stick your tongue onto the brush, which I don’t.

You can get ones with different coloured ends like the one I have. This makes it easier to know whos is whos.

They look awesome in your bathroom!

Bamboo toothbrush

The Not So Good Bits

Unfortunately, the bristles are nylon so they need to be put in the bin. To do this you can either snap or cut off the head or pull the bristles out with pliers. A bit of a faff but I feel it’s worth it for the reduced waste I produce.

The bamboo brushes do cost slightly more than their plastic counterparts which again is annoying. I guess it’s a case of supply and demand if more people used them the cost would come down.

Bamboo toothbrush

Where Can You Buy Them

The *Ethical Superstore has a small selection. Amazon has a *larger selection including the option of buying in bulk which makes it cheaper. It’s also worth checking out your local organic/ natural living store to see if they have them.

I’m really glad I made this switch and I will continue to use them. It’s another thing I can tick off my list. Yay!

If you are looking for a simple zero waste bathroom switch a bamboo toothbrush is a great place to start.

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Bamboo Toothbrush

Gina Caro


Green Rosie Life

9 thoughts on “Switching to a Bamboo Toothbrush

  1. I started switching a lot of my products to bamboo but I have not found I toothbrush that I think works really well and has all the features I need for my mouth. I do love my bamboo kitchen utensils though. Tweeting and pinning. Visiting from #GoingGreenLinky!

    1. Hi Carol,
      I know it’s certainly not ideal although I’m not sure what could be used as an alternative for the bristles?
      I do like the fact that I can compost the handle though

  2. I have yet to find a alternative toothbrush that works for me – I much prefer a hard bristle and it seems counter productive that the bristles on this brush are made from nylon. Other options I have seen are brushes made from recycled plastic where you remove the head when necessary (I am not sure what it is made from) and add a new one. This would certainly tick the box that says reduce consumption as it would take some plastic away from landfill and I would hope they would be more local than bamboo ones. So my ideal toothbrush would have a handle you keep for ever and replaceable (hard) bristles made from something biodegradable. And I have not found this yet! However this brush has huge improvements over all plastic/nylon ones. #GoingGreenLinky
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