The Natural Benefits Of Switching To A Bamboo ToothbrushWiebke Venter
Today, let’s chat about toothbrushes.
Did you know that in South Africa, approximately 212 million conventional plastic toothbrushes are thrown away and sent to landfill each year, if not ending up the ocean? They can´t be recycled and they are not really biodegradable. They need at least 450 years until they decompose fully – yes, you read that correctly. 450 YEARS. That means, if you throw them away, they are not actually going “away”. They are only ending up in landfills and our oceans.
However, Bamboo toothbrushes are a GREAT and CONVENIENT alternative for conventional ones. Plastic toothbrushes are not only bad for the environment, but they can actually be harmful to your health. Remember, you are rubbing this plastic for a minimum of twice daily for 3 minutes at a time onto your mucous membrane. As a result, tiny pieces of plastic come loose and get into your system. Even if the consequences of micro plastic in the body isn´t fully researched, it is easy to see how this can be unhealthy.
Here are the advantages of going “woody” with the bamboo toothbrush:
1. Bamboo is an eco-friendly resource
It is one of the fastest growing plants. It grows about 10 times faster than other representatives do. Bamboo is biodegradable and decomposes in a short period of time and can easily be put into your compost bin. Most of the brushes are made from “Moso” bamboo. This is a very common species of bamboo in China. It´s shoots are edible; the wood is used in the bamboo textile industry for furniture and other goods like décor items or toiletries. To make a toothbrush from bamboo, there are no additional ingredients needed as it is very robust.
2. Bamboo is antibacterial
Additionally, bamboo itself is antibacterial. Its properties are beneficial in protection against bad bacteria.
3. Bristles may have additional health effects
The bristles are made from nylon. This is a flexible form of plastic and must, therefore, be eco-bricked, but this is far better than throwing the whole toothbrush away. You can simply remove the whole top part of the brush or remove the bristles with tweezers. If activated charcoal-infused, bristles of some toothbrushes may have additional health effects. Activated charcoal is said to neutralize negative ions and bacteria in your mouth and, therefore, helps prevent damage to the teeth, inflammation and more.
4. Stylish and cool
Last but not least, a bamboo toothbrush is quite stylish and looks really good in a beautiful, well-sorted bathroom. They are simple but elegant. Every brush is unique, and they bring a natural feel to the overall look of the bathroom.
The bottom line is: Bamboo toothbrushes are in no way inferior to conventional models. On the contrary: The positive sides definitely predominate compared to plastic brushes.
How to care for your beloved bamboo brush:
It is important to swap your toothbrush regularly. With a bamboo toothbrush, you can avoid feeling bad about throwing it away after 2-3 months (this is the recommended time to use your toothbrush). If you want to extend the life of your toothbrush, you can simply boil it for at least 3 minutes to refresh and kill any bacteria present on bristles. This helps the bristles line up again, and you can care for your handle by rubbing some olive oil onto it.
Important to note: The brushes should be put in a place where it can dry fully, so don’t put it in a cup, as the water will accumulate at the bottom and the handle will remain wet. Rather lay them down on the side of the sink or anywhere else where it can dry properly.
We started using bamboo brushes, approximately, a year ago. I think it was the first thing that we changed in our bathroom to go towards a plastic-free lifestyle. Bamboo toothbrushes are an easy and simple way to make a change without really making a change, just a better choice. Shop and order yours from our online store today! 🌿