When your bamboo toothbrush has served its purpose keeping your teeth sparkly clean and you feel it’s time to get rid of it you can do so with a clean conscience. As the bamboo handle is 100% compostable it will naturally dissolve without causing any harm to environment.
The only little catch are the bristles. They need to be removed as they are made of nylon, but believe us, if there was another viable option we would gladly replace the bristles with something else, but as of right now there are no other good options. However, the amount of nylon (plastic) used is still way less than if you would dispose of a toothbrush made of 100% plastic.
How to remove the bristles from the handle?
Removing the bristles is easy, especially if you've got the right tool. A pair of pliers works best or you can also use tweezers. Simply pull out the bristles and gather them in a little pile. Another alternative is to snap off the head of the toothbrush.
Since the bristles are fairly small they can be hard to recycle. Our suggestion is that you save them in a little plastic bag or bottle and once that container is full you can recycle them. This minimizes the risk that the bristles will get lost during the recycling process. However, If you don’t have any recycling for plastic available you will have to throw the bristles in the garbage.
How to dispose of the handle
You can dispose of the bamboo handle in your composting bin where it will safely return to the earth within 6 months. Even if you just throw it in the garbage it will break down within a few years.
Another option is to reuse the handle for something else:
- Use it as a garden marker. The natural handle looks great in the garden to mark your plants and veggies.
- Use it for cleaning. The brush is the perfect size to access those small areas where it’s hard to clean like around the sink and faucet in the bathroom or kitchen.
- Make crafts with your kids. Maybe your bamboo handle can be used to make a fun toy, your child might have the perfect idea for it.