Instead of: Plastic toothbrushes
According to Greenpeace, every piece of plastic ever made, still exists. That is hard to visualise when you consider how much plastic you must have encountered in your whole life, but to contextualise this fact, consider how much plastic you come across in your everyday routine. This really hits home when you consider that every plastic toothbrush you’ve ever used is still knocking around somewhere on this planet. And, assuming you replace your toothbrush every three months, around four a year, that adds up to an alarming amount of toothbrushes. Then times that by the number of people on the planet, and it gets even more staggering.
So, instead of buying your standard plastic toothbrush, only to discard it to landfill in three months when it gets a bit tired, consider swapping out for a bamboo toothbrush, an eco-friendly alternative to using plastic.
Why bamboo? It is one of the fastest-growing plants, meaning there is a quickly replaceable, sustainable supply, and it’s also completely biodegradable, so it can be recycled or composted when it has reached the end of its life. Most of the bamboo brushes available on the market are also made with BPA free nylon bristles, which are vegan-friendly as well as being more gentle on your teeth and gums than standard plastic bristles. We love this pack of four toothbrushes from Wild & Stone, featuring a pretty design and enough brushes to last you the whole year. They also come in recyclable packaging, of course. For more options, check out our round up of the best bamboo toothbrushes.