It’s 2019 and many of us are more environmentally aware than ever before. With a large public and political emphasis on taking care of the environment, a lot of people are taking steps towards reducing the mark they leave on this earth by doing things like recycling, cutting down on single-use plastics and eating less meat.
There are plenty of things that you can do to play your part in protecting our planet, but did you know that the way we brush our teeth could have a huge impact? In the US alone, over 1 billion plastic toothbrushes get thrown away every year, contributing heavily to plastic waste. Toothbrushes are typically made from materials which can take over 400 years to degrade. The solution? Invest in a bamboo toothbrush.
Bamboo toothbrushes are a simple yet effective switch that you can make to play your part in protecting the planet - and Weldricks Pharmacy has an exceptional collection readily available for you to purchase. But what are the specific benefits of bamboo toothbrushes versus the classic plastic toothbrush?
This article will cover why using bamboo toothbrushes is a step in the right direction, what makes them eco-friendly, and how you can recycle your old toothbrushes too.
How long do bamboo toothbrushes last?
When cared for properly, there’s no reason why your bamboo toothbrush shouldn’t last just as long as a standard plastic toothbrush - which is typically around 3 months, or simply when the bristles have frayed.
In order to care for your bamboo toothbrush, ensure that you store it in a dry area and that you wash and clean the bristles as you would a conventional toothbrush.
What makes bamboo toothbrushes eco-friendly?
Bamboo is the fastest naturally growing resource in the world - and not only that but it’s biodegradable, which means that when you’re finished with your bamboo toothbrush you can simply pop it on top of your compost heap where it will degrade naturally without contributing to plastic and ocean pollution. This is a far cry from the non-degradable plastic products which our toothbrushes are typically made from!
Bamboo also has natural antibacterial properties, which makes it the ideal material to craft a toothbrush from. Bamboo toothbrushes are antimicrobial and anti-fungal too meaning they are hygienic.
The fact that you can simply and safely dispose of your bamboo toothbrush when you’re finished with it is what makes bamboo toothbrushes such a positive step in terms of eco-friendliness.
Are bamboo toothbrushes good for your teeth?
The range of bamboo toothbrushes available at Weldricks Pharmacy have soft nylon bristles which are incredibly comfortable on the teeth while brushing.
As with all toothbrushes, you should be aiming to brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day; so, when utilised with a healthy and consistent brushing cycle, your bamboo toothbrush can keep your teeth in excellent condition.
Be sure to replace them regularly (the American Dental Association recommends every three months), and to make sure you’re taking care of your toothbrush by following the aforementioned instructions.
Recycling your old toothbrushes
Your F.E.T.E bamboo toothbrush will arrive in recyclable craft paper and recycled cardboard box so that you can simply pop your packaging in the recycling upon receiving your new brush. When it’s time to replace your toothbrush, the handle of your bamboo toothbrush is completely biodegradable and can be put in compost which will then degrade into the soil within 6 months of disposal. If you don’t have a compost bin then you can throw your toothbrush handle in your recycling bin.
The nylon bristles are only partially biodegradable, so you will need to remove the bristles before you recycle your toothbrush. Pull the bristles out (or carefully snap the head off of the handle) and dispose of the bristles or head in your general waste before recycling your bamboo toothbrush handle.
If you want to make a positive change to help the environment then investing in a bamboo toothbrush for yourself and your family is a fantastic and proactive way for you to help the planet. Weldricks Pharmacy offers a stunning range of bamboo toothbrushes in plenty of different colours and multipacks, as well as children’s toothbrushes and a bamboo travel case too.