Bamboo toothbrushes are here to help solve our plastic toothbrush problem

Since the 1930s, Americans and people around the globe have literally tossed billions of plastic toothbrushes, and most of those toothbrushes, including the oldest ones, continue to pollute the Earth today.

Plastic toothbrushes are just another unrecyclable plastic that breaks down really slowly because they are virtually indestructible, decaying little by little and releasing microplastic fibers along the way that contaminate the food chain.

Like toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes are made by combining several different kinds of plastic to make one piece, making it difficult to recycle.

And on any given day, people who are walking along what should be a pristine beach will likely find more than one toothbrush sticking out like a sore thumb in the environment.

For instance, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii founder Kahi Pacarro says a cleanup effort can net 20 to 100 toothbrushes every day.

And for every toothbrush picked up, there’s many more that are still out there laying around in landfills or floating around in the ocean like shoes that have recently been washing up on each side of the Atlantic.

Artist Sophie Thomas, a Hawaii resident, takes daily walks on the beach and ends up picking up over a dozen plastic toothbrushes in just 30 minutes.

“The amount of plastic-to-sand ratio at Kamilo Beach (in Hawaii) is shocking, even to me,” Thomas said. “In my half hour walk along the coastline, I picked up 18 toothbrushes alone.”

And this makes Pacarro wonder how people can live with plastic being such an invasive part of their lives.

“I like to ask people, what’s the first thing you touch in the morning? It’s probably your toothbrush,” Pacarro says. “Do you want the first thing you touch every day to be plastic?”

Clearly, it’s time for us to replace plastic toothbrushes with a more sustainable and biodegradable dental care tool, and reduce the number of plastics that are burying us.

That’s where bamboo toothbrushes come in.

Bamboo is a species of grass that grows quickly. While the brush itself may still be made of nylon, the wooden handle would cut down on the amount of plastic waste we are producing. And it just so happens that many different companies sell them, including EcoFrenzy for those looking for a non-plastic alternative.

As far as sustainable materials go, you can’t do much better than that. Bamboo grows up to two feet a day, and being a grass it’s completely biodegradable and compostable.

That means that the bamboo-based toothbrush industry is totally sustainable. It’s also affordable at just $5.99 for four toothbrushes. Tony Whittingham, the founder of EcoFrenzy, shared “I have always had a deep-rooted interest in conservation and a belief that we must change our habits to help save the future of our planet. Of course, many people understand that we cannot keep removing resources, polluting and using energy at the current rate if we want somewhere for our children to live and enjoy.”

So, every time you brush your teeth with a bamboo toothbrush, you can do so with the knowledge that you are helping the environment and reducing the number of microplastics entering your own body.

Plastic toothbrushes are just as pervasive in our world as plastic bottles and food containers. Now there are alternatives to all three and there are no excuses not to make the switch. The health of our planet and ourselves depend on it.

Here are some other bamboo toothbrush options via YouTube.

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