It has probably never crossed your mind. How many plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill every year? And how long does it take those toothbrushes to break down?
In Australia, it is estimated that 30 million toothbrushes end up in landfill each year – which actually seems a little low in my opinion! There is almost 24 million people in the country. The recommendation is to change your toothbrush every 6-8 weeks. There SHOULD be 144 million toothbrushes added to landfill in Australia each year. Either people are hoarding their old toothbrushes for keepsakes, they are coming up with fanciful ways to reuse them, there are a lot of toothless folk amongst us OR people are not changing their toothbrush as often as they should!
But the real problem is that plastic toothbrushes may not break down in a natural environment EVER. That’s 30-144 million toothbrushes just in Australia going into landfill EACH YEAR that will still be there 50 years from now. And 100 years from now.
The solution? Well, I am glad you asked! Bamboo toothbrushes are one option. They have actually been around for 400 years – originally being made from bamboo and pig bristle. These days they are made from a bamboo called Moso, which pandas to not eat due to its tough texture. Bamboo is an incredibly sustainable product due to its ability to grow up to 1 meter per day. It absorbs up to 30% more carbon dioxide and emits up to 30% more oxygen than the equivalent area of trees. There are no genetically modified varieties and there is no need for pesticides due to its resilience and fast growing nature. The bamboo in the toothbrush is coated with an edible wax to give it a smooth finish. The best part about bamboo toothbrushes is the disposal of them. Once you are done, simply cut the bristles off and hammer it into the ground where it will break down naturally. No waste, no landfill.
So now that you know the impact, what are you waiting for? Switch to bamboo today!