Your very first plastic toothbrush that you used in your life still exists. It’s out there somewhere, maybe in a landfill or perhaps in the ocean. In fact, your plastic toothbrushes will remain long after you have left this planet. This is indeed a sad and scary truth.
It’s estimated that over 99% of all toothbrushes we use today are plastic. The major companies still insist on making them, that’s what you see when you go to the store. They are readily available and something we use out of habit. Many probably don’t even realise how this affect the environment. We try to do good by recycling or using our own shopping bags and simply forget about the toothbrush in our bathroom.
The good news is that more and more people become aware of the problem with plastic and plastic toothbrushes. There are many sustainable alternatives out there, like bamboo which is biodegradable. However, I must be completely honest with you. The truth is that the bristles of the bamboo toothbrushes are not recyclable. The only toothbrushes out there today that are 100% biodegradable use bristles made of pig hair. However, since we are animal lovers we do not believe that killing pigs is the answer to this problem. Also, who would like to brush their teeth with pigs hair? We hope that there will be an option in the near future to make the bristles biodegradable. Until then, a bamboo handle brush is a much better option than an all plastic toothbrush.
We will show you in a later post how to remove the bristles from your bamboo toothbrush so you can recycle the handle.