21 May Our pick of the best eco-friendly toothbrushes
Since you were knee-high to a grasshopper you knew what you were doing when it came to brushing your teeth. Being ingrained since before you can remember, your twice daily routine and regular disposal of a plastic toothbrush has been second nature. But now you’ve gained awareness about plastics, and wonder if there are better, more environmentally sound options. The answer is ‘yes’ and you’ll be pleased to know that there are plenty of other options out there. However, does everything stay the same when you make the switch to an eco-friendly toothbrush?
The plastic toothbrush problem
The vast majority of consumers use plastic toothbrushes. They are easy to get hold of, manufactured on a mass scale. However, plastic uses fossil fuel in its production, and has a nasty habit of ending up in our oceans at worst, or landfill at best, where it doesn’t break down. What’s more, plastic toothbrushes aren’t easy for the average householder to recycle, because of the type of plastic used.
Dentists advise that you change your toothbrush every three months. The maths is therefore worrying. Reports suggest that as a result, the UK throws away around 264 million plastic toothbrushes every year.
Why switch to a bamboo toothbrush?
Creating an eco-friendly toothbrush isn’t always easy. The handle is relatively simple, with a sustainable and biodegradable product like bamboo. However, the bristles are trickier to replicate without plastic. So far, the best solution seems to be pig hair, which raises its own ethical issues in terms of vegan and animal welfare principles.
As such, the majority of environmentally kinder toothbrushes balance all of the ethics to use bamboo for the handle and then bristles which can be recycled. The result is that the toothbrush is as eco-friendly as it can be, eliminating the unnecessary waste associated with a typical toothbrush, without compromising other ethical principles in the process.
In fact, there are lots of benefits of a bamboo toothbrush. Bamboo is incredibly fast-growing meaning it is sustainable. Furthermore, it is biodegradable; you can simply pop it in the compost. On top of this, bamboo toothbrushes usually come in recyclable packaging, unlike their plastic counterparts. It’s also naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, vegan and cruelty-free.
However, what do you need to know about how to use and look after a bamboo toothbrush? Let’s give you some quick answers to our most frequently asked questions.
Bamboo toothbrushes FAQs
Does my tooth-brushing routine need to change with a bamboo toothbrush?
No. Still stick to mainstream dentist advice to brush your teeth twice a day – morning and night.
What advice do I need on how to store a bamboo toothbrush?
Bamboo, unlike plastic, absorbs water. Between uses, you want to keep the brush dry. After use, dry it using a towel and then store in an open holder or wall mount, rather than a cup where water may collect around the handle.
How often should I change my bamboo toothbrush?
As with a standard brush, change your bamboo toothbrush approximately every three months or when the bristles show signs of wear. However, make sure you make the most of the brush by using it for other jobs around the house – toothbrushes are great for cleaning awkward areas and around taps!
What advice do I need about how to dispose of a bamboo toothbrush?
First of all, check out what the bristles on your bamboo toothbrush are made of. In most instances, the answer will be nylon. Therefore, remove the bristles and recycle these if possible. You can usually remove the bristles easily using pliers. You can then put the bamboo handle in the compost.
Best bamboo toothbrushes for your bathroom
If you’re ready to switch out your plastic toothbrush, here we share the best eco friendly toothbrushes available:
Best bamboo toothbrush: the beginner
If you’re buying your first bamboo toothbrush then you can’t go wrong with the Life Brush. Low cost and available as a single item, it’s made from Moso bamboo with nylon bristles and uses recycled card and paper packaging. If you discover you love it, then it’s available in multi-packs.
Best bamboo toothbrush: the busy family
If you’ve got older children or teens, and as such the bathroom can get a little hectic, then you’ll love the Bambooth brushes. A set of four in distinctive colours, everyone will know which belongs to them! Even better, 10p from each toothbrush sale goes to conservation efforts.
Best bamboo toothbrush: the kids brush
We couldn’t settle on an absolute best eco toothbrush for kids, but you won’t go wrong with either the Georganics Kids Beech toothbrush or the Brushd Child’s toothbrush. If you’re looking for multiple colours to help distinguish each child’s brush then the Bambooth Multi-Pack is ideal.
Best bamboo toothbrush: the traveller
The handy bamboo case that comes with the Department of Hygiene brush makes it perfect for popping in your travel bag. The case will protect the bristles in transit, and ensure you get the longest life from your brush.
It’s not just bamboo and it’s not just toothbrushes!
Eco friendly toothbrushes aren’t just limited to bamboo options.
The Tooth aluminium toothbrush kit with replaceable heads has a handle and stand made from 100% recycled aluminium. You can choose between the firmness of the bristles on the head too. If you’d like to stick with your electric toothbrush but want to make a difference, then you may like the Brushd recyclable electric toothbrush heads which use a return scheme, suitable for use with Oral-B electric brushes.
Other green oral care options include floss from Brushd and Organically Epic. You may also like Georganics natural toothpaste tablets in a huge range of flavours including spearmint, orange, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus. Bamboo interdental brushes are also useful oral-care tools for many.
Are you ready to take the plunge and go green with your brushing, flossing and other oral care? Choose The White Teeth Box eco-friendly gift box.