We consider our flagship product the bamboo toothbrush. Traditional plastic toothbrushes come with a pretty nasty environmental impact, and almost everyone uses them. They're not recyclable (except for Preserve toothbrushes) and people go through many in a year.
"Over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes that will never biodegrade are dumped in landfills and oceans every year worldwide." According to the Brush with Bamboo website.
What's the solution to this environmental waste stream?
The biodegradable toothbrush made from sustainable bamboo!
We get very excited about this. This is as sustainable as it gets right now. The brand we selected has committed to a deep environmental conscious.
According to their FAQ page, they source their bamboo from a sustainable farm in China. It is a type called Moso Bamboo which is a bamboo timber. It's NOT old growth bamboo. There is no need for pesticide use as bamboo has natural antimicrobial properties. Their toothbrushes are made and assembled in China sustainably. Here are some photos and information regarding the facilities.
The bristles are made of nylon, which is a plastic, but it is certified BPA free. Currently, there are no biodegradable plant options for toothbrush bristles that will withstand the use and time frame many people are used to. There are pig and boar's hair bristle toothbrushes but if you're vegan, this may present an issue. This is still a great step in the right direction, and technically, the bristles are recyclable. Check with your local facility.
The compostable wrapper is made from a cornstarch plastic (Polylactic Acid -PLA). They are aware of the issues surrounding the use of industrial corn and the possibility of the corn being of a genetically modified crop. They are currently looking into a cellulose based wrapper, not from corn, and will hopefully have that in production soon. The compostable wrapper is compostable in city or commercial facilities as it requires the heat generated to break down.
Overall, this is the best toothbrush option we've found out there and are so excited to share it with you!
What product do you use repeatedly that gives you a guilty environmental conscious? We are obsessed with finding more sustainable replacements for you!
Thanks for reading!