Some reasons why you should ditch plastic toothbrushes
Here are some great reasons why you need to switch from plastic toothbrushes to environmentally, plastic free alternatives.
Did you know that you ever-so-innocent looking toothbrush, sitting innocuously in your bathroom is actually a culprit of environmental damage? There is no getting out of it, brushing your teeth twice a day, every day is a must, but using single-use plastic toothbrushes is not.
Every year, humans throw away billions of toothbrushes, discarding them without a second thought and most definitely not considering where they go when they depart with the trash.
Our toothbrushes are most commonly made of plastics such as polyethylene and polypropylene and whilst some of them are recyclable, more often than not they just end up in the general rubbish followed by landfill or the incinerator. If they end up in landfills, they would take around 400 to 500 years to decompose and even then, they would result in microplastics polluting the earth, water, and being devoured by wildlife.
But these microplastics are not just bad for the planet and wildlife, they are bad for you too. A large amount of these minuscule plastic particles have contaminated sea salt around the world and are finding their way into our food chain. Plastic toothbrushes also contain phthalates which have been linked to a number of unpleasant health issues and are definitely best avoided.
In addition to this, when these plastic toothbrushes are made, the raw ingredients are derived from rubber and crude oil, meaning lots of harmful by-products and chemical nasties are released into the environment during the whole process.
But, there is another solution. We have brought together a great selection of eco and environmentally friendly toothbrushes made from bamboo and beechwood and with bristles made from castor oil and nylon bristles. These clean your teeth just as well as conventional brushes, come in a variety of bristle strengths, and even come in children and adult sizes.
The only real difference between one of these brushes and the ones you buy from your supermarket, is that these are safe, sustainable, vegan, BPA free, biodegradable, and come in plastic-free packaging.