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In an attempt to be more green in our home I have been working on reducing my bathroom waste.
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.
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Toothbrushes were originally made of bone which of course is a natural material.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.
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!
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.
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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