Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Plastic Free Bamboo Toothbrush - Environmental Toothbrush

While writing my blog post on going Plastic Free (here and here) I reviewed My Plastic Free Life's 100 suggestions to go plastic free. One of these suggestions was to switch to a plastic free toothbrush.  

I figure that on average, Canadians replace their toothbrushes at least once but sometimes 3 or 4 times per year.  It's recommended that you replace your toothbrush after having illnesses as well, so this number could be even higher for some.  Statistics Canada tells me that Canada has a population of 35 749600 people. That would mean that  between 71 499200 and 142 998400 (and maybe more) toothbrushes get disposed of every year! 



Image Source: Google Images

Every night and every morning while I brushed my teeth with my plastic toothbrush I was reminded that my toothbrush was nearing the end of its useful life cleaning my teeth. I would look into the mirror at my plastic toothbrush and think about the fact that I had absolutely NO desire to replace it with another plastic toothbrush.  This launched me into my search for a greener alternative.  

I did find several several of different shapes, sizes, construction, and of various prices.  Some were made of recycled plastic; others wood and boar bristles.  After quite a bit of research, I settled on The Environmental Toothbrush, constructed of sustainably farmed bamboo and BPA free polymer bristles.  According to the Environmental Toothbrush, this brush is fully compostable/biodegradable in soil, without creating pollution. Two thumbs up!  The only drawback I could see was that it is manufactured in China, and ships from the company which is based out of Australia. I would have loved to have found a comparable toothbrush manufactured closer to home, but thus, it was not.  



I have been using this toothbrush for a little more than a month and fell in love with it from the moment I opened the package (which was completely plastic free I might add).  

It is a simple. Yet, elegant in its simplicity.  No fancy lights, music, rubber do-thingys. No bells and whistles. It gets my teeth clean, comfortably. It isn't made of plastic. It will go into my green bin when I am done with it and biodegrade into the soil.  It is a fair trade product. I love it.

One dilemma we faced was how to identify which tooth brush was whose.  The plastic ones come in a multitude of plastic colours that helped us with this issue in the past.  This brush is simple, bamboo, and colour free.  So I figured I had a couple of options: 1) rubber bands  2) use a sharpee to write our names on each one, 3) use separate glasses on the counter to hold our toothbrushes.  At first I did the separate glasses.  I felt like that was too much clutter, so then I wrote our names on the handle in different colours.  Problem solved.

And yes, for those of you who want to give one a test drive without jumping into a 12-pack (as it is sold from the manufacturer in Australia),  Glorious Life has added these bad good guys to our store shelves

I am soooo very pleased that I didn't replace my toothbrush with a traditional plastic one. I had no desire to continue to be part of the disposal of  more than 35 749600 plastic toothbrushes. 
In my opinion, when there is an affordable, effective, environmentally friendly alternative, there is no need for that kind of waste and pollution. 

Image Source: environmentaltoothbrush.com.au

Next time you replace your toothbrush, will you replace it with plastic or a more environmentally friendly alternative?

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