Today is Earth Day, which serves as a reminder that each of us has a responsibility to protect our environment through the choices we make every day. Many people are concerned about their carbon footprint, but what about their plastic bite mark? One billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away each year in the U.S. alone. These products do not biodegrade and often end up in our oceans, negatively impacting seabirds and marine life. Less than 20% of people recycle their plastic toothbrushes, and recycling does not halt the production of new plastic, but there is a healthy, effective, and attractive solution.
I take dental hygiene seriously. I use a tongue cleaner every morning and floss daily—sometimes twice—without fail. When it comes to brushing my teeth, I typically spend far longer at it than the two minutes recommended by most dentists. I have never purchased an electric toothbrush, preferring to keep things simple and low-tech, but I still used to worry about what happened to all the toothbrushes I had to throw away or recycle every every few months…until I learned about Brush with Bamboo. This plant-based toothbrush has a natural bamboo handle and BPA-free bristles that are made primarily from castor bean oil. While the bristles do contain a certain percentage of plastic, they are recyclable, as is the paperboard box and compostable wrapper.*
Bamboo is a sustainable plant that grows quickly without the need for fertilizers or pesticides. It is also beautiful, with an earthy look that complements my wooden hair and body brushes. The non-toxic bristles of a Brush with Bamboo tootbrush get the job done as well as any plastic brushes I’ve used in the past, but I have greater peace of mind now that I’m using a biobased product to clean my teeth. When it’s time to replace the brush, I pull out the bristles with a pair of tweezers and toss the handle into my curbside green bin. This is a minimal effort to have clean teeth AND a clean conscience.
To celebrate Earth Day, consider making a change in your daily routine by switching to a plant-based toothbrush. Small actions can have a big impact over time, so when you Brush with Bamboo, your teeth are sure to make a good impression.
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*Learn about Proper Care & Disposal of your Brush with Bamboo toothbrush.