Do you know how many plastic toothbrushes are out there? BILLIONS! and every single one of them is still out intact somewhere polluting the planet. You can help fight this problem by switching to a natural bamboo, beechwood or cornstarch toothbrush instead. These sustainable alternatives are made from renewable resources so they won't last forever like those made from plastics.
Plus, these brushes have been proven to be just as effective at cleaning your teeth as their plastic counterparts! Shop the best eco friendly toothbrushes here at Baba Me!
Environmentally Sustainable Toothbrushes
If you’re looking to swap your plastic toothbrush or electric toothbrush for something more eco friendly then we suggest checking out our eco toothbrush range which is made from Moso bamboo. We also have other eco friendly and sustainable toothbrushes that are also made from natural materials like biodegradable beechwood and cornstarch. Cornstarch and bamboo toothbrushes will biodegrade in either your home or commercial compost. You can choose between soft-bristle or medium bristles from our range of eco friendly toothbrushes. And they are just as good at cleaning your teeth. We have a wide range including a great range of childrens, a kids toothbrush can also be zero waste so win-win!
We have some of the best bamboo brushes from popular brands like Truthbrush, Curanatura, NFco and Jack N' Jill so we have a great range of toothbrush options. These toothbrushes are eco friendly, plastic free and feature a bamboo handle with nylon bristles mixed with bamboo dust whilst some have castor bean oil on the bamboo brush. Some have charcoal bristles or bristles made from castor oil which are just as effective in removing plaque and food debris from teeth and gums. They are completely waste free because most of them come in recyclable packaging.
Remember, there is no planet b! All of our brushes are vegan and none have boar hair or pig hair! Whilst boar bristles in toothbrush heads as toothrbush bristles may be eco friendly, we've opted for the vegan brushes route.
Zero Waste Bathroom
Having a zero-waste bathroom is a good start to sustainable and eco friendly living. And that's why we at Baba Me HQ love the best brushes with a bamboo toothbrush handle and using a biodegradable toothbrush! They're the perfect sustainable alternative to plastic toothbrushes as at the end of life they will biodegrade down, no need for a special recycling program (though the bristles might). You can also get a bamboo case for when you are travelling.
What Can I Use Instead of a Plastic Toothbrush?
Bamboo is quick growing so it is a sustainable source of wood. Our bamboo toothbrush collection is proving to be popular. Charcoal infused bristles will help remove stains and protect against bad breath.
When you are finished with the brush, snap off the biodegradable bamboo handle and it can be composted, used in the garden as plant support or name marker or repurposed for use as a small scrubbing brush until the bristles are no longer usable. Our toothpaste also comes in tablet form or in natural form in a glass jar. We also have zero waste dental floss and many other plastic free household products.
Most people don't realise it, but billions of plastic toothbrushes are thrown away and never recycled every day because they can't be broken down into their components for reuse. In fact, In the UK alone there are 200 million plastic toothbrushes are discarded every year!
And while some may argue that disposables are recyclable, the thing is that a major reason they're not recycled in the UK today is that most of them are made from polypropylene (PP), which can't be broken down into its basic components and reused.
A plastic toothbrush with plastic handles or bristles will end up clogging our landfills for eternity. Whilst a wooden toothbrush is made from a natural, sustainable resource that biodegrades in soil.
Why Should You Switch?
There are so many reasons to ditch plastic toothbrushes for their biodegradable counterparts like a bamboo toothbrush. The first and very obvious reason is plastic pollution. Plastic takes a hundred years to break down which means every toothbrush you owned still exist.
Making eco friendly swaps can be difficult for others which is why the bathroom is a good place to start ditching plastic products for their zero-waste alternatives. Unlike their plastic counterparts, eco friendly toothbrushes like a bamboo toothbrush are biodegradable and sustainable.
Bamboo is often the go-to material by eco-brands because of its sustainability and renewability. Bamboo as a tree does not require artificial irrigation and chemicals like pesticides. Once your eco friendly toothbrush made from sustainable bamboo reaches the end of its life, you can simply toss the bamboo biodegradable handle into your compost bin. Make sure to remove the bristles beforehand.
In addition to this, the manufacturing process for traditional disposable brushes requires a lot of resources and toxic chemicals are created as waste products during the production phase.
On top of all these negative aspects about plastic toothbrushes, they're even more damaging when it comes down to the health of humans and animals, as they often contain BPA (a chemical that mimics estrogen) which is known to cause a wide range of different types of adverse effects on our endocrine system.
If you like to buy packs of toothbrushes, the NFCO twin pack of brushes is a good set for you. The handles are made of cornstarch, this is biodegradable and will reduce to a chalk-like stick within a year of being put into a home compost. This reduces to 90 days in commercial compost. Nylon is the material for the bristle and nylon is recyclable so make sure to put it into your recycle bin.
Personal care products that are made from natural and sustainable materials and ingredients are becoming more popular each year because many people want to reduce their plastic waste. Some of these products even come in plastic-free packaging, which helps reduce plastic waste even further.
For Adults & Little Kids
The best bamboo toothbrush is not only for adults, but it's also for little children and the whole family. It has a nice balance and is easy to use when you have to clean your children's teeth. For children's oral care, their toothbrushes should have soft bristles and a small brush head to fit around their growing mouths. It is recommended you should change your toothbrushes every 6 weeks so it is vital to make the switch to a sustainable alternative.
It is recommended that parents clean their children's teeth until around age seven. This is easiest done if you sit with your child on your lap and their head is resting on your shoulder. You can easily reach around their whole mouth with their toothbrush. They can finish the job or start it but you are responsible for getting all of the surfaces completely clean for them.
If like many people you are trying to reduce waste then you'll almost certainly be looking at the number of single-use plastics you buy and figuring out ways to cut them out. Changing to an ecofriendly toothbrush is a great place to start.
Not all eco-friendly product switches are created equal. Some like washable nappies or even switching to reusable food wraps instead of cling film require an initial outlay that is far greater than the weekly cost of buying disposable plastics. And even though you 'll probably save money in the long run not everyone can afford the upfront costs.
Other commitments to reduce plastic waste require time and effort that it can be difficult to maintain, such as shopping at a local farmers market to avoid plastic packaged veggies or making your own homemade deodorant and dishwasher tablets.
However there are some switches that are so simple you 'll be wondering why you didn 't do it years ago and changing to a bamboo toothbrush is definitely on that list. They are cost-effective, last just as long and are just as good at cleaning your teeth. Yet they look better and are kinder to the planet.
Choosing the best bamboo toothbrush
When looking for the best bamboo toothbrush the primary things to consider are the size. Do you need a child toothbrush or an adult bamboo toothbrush? And the bristles.
When it comes to the bristles you have a number of options both in terms of how soft they are and when they are made of.
Studies have shown that soft bristles brushes are just as effective at cleaning your teeth as medium bristles yet are less likely to do any damage. Softer bristles are generally recommended for children and those who have sensitive gums and dentists tend to recommend soft bristles for all although many people prefer a firmer (medium) bristle.
Once you have chosen how firm or soft a toothbrush you want you can also look at what the bristles are made from.
Eco-credentials of bamboo toothbrushes
If you are looking for a brush made from entirely plant-based materials then go for Hydrophil. This company has developed a bristle made from only plant-based material meaning there 's no petroleum-based nylon which is the most commonly used material.
While you still need to remove the bristles before you pop the handle in the compost this is still the most eco option as all the materials used are renewable and sustainable. The bristles are made from castor oil and contain no fossil fuel-based carbons.
Teeth whitening power of bamboo toothbrushes
If you 'd like a toothbrush that helps brighten your teeth and disinfect the mouth even before you add your chosen toothpaste then give the Curanatura Carbon toothbrush a try.
This brush features a bamboo handle and soft bristles made using just 10% nylon and 90% carbonised bamboo. The micro-particles of active charcoal help to brighten your teeth and have antibacterial properties to keep your mouth in tip-top condition.
The handles are also carbonised making them waterproof, nicer to hold and more durable in the bathroom.
Eco alternatives to bamboo toothbrushes
Not everyone likes the feel of wood in their mouths (bamboo is a grass, we know, but it still feels pretty woody), and that can be a reason they're not ready to switch.
Luckily there are some great toothbrushes that feel just like plastic but are actually made from cornstarch Jack N Jill and NFco make biodegradable toothbrushes from non-GMO corn starch with nylon bristles that will turn to a chalk-like stick in your home compost within a year.
Read more about why you should use a bamboo toothbrush here.