Bamboo Toothbrushes

A few days ago I was walking at the supermarket and my eyes just went on this amazing product.

I realised that I had been using for over 30 years something that couldn’t be reused or composted and most importantly the toothbrushes I used when I was 5 or 10 or 15 were still out there somewhere.

That really woke me up and I decided to buy them straight away.

As usual I went through a deep research and I’m writing this article willing to share with you what I learned and hoping that you will make this step as well.

Bamboo toothbrushes are of course made of Bamboo (DA!). This type of Bamboo is not eaten by Pandas, which means that its use doesn’t put them in any kind of danger.

It is also important to know that bamboo grows super fast, in particular certain species of bamboo can grow 910 mm (36 in) within a 24-hour period, at a rate of almost 40 mm (1 12 in) an hour (a growth around 1 mm every 90 seconds, or 1 inch {2.54 centimeters} every 40 minutes).

The only negative side related to bamboo toothbrushes is their bristles.

Unfortunately it’s the only part that can’t be compostable.

  • The most common are the ones made of Nylon. Before putting them away, remember to remove them and recycle them. It must be said that since they are super tiny, it will be almost impossible to recycle them, but there’s no comparison to a normal toothbrush which is completely made of plastics.
  • Some companies found some more eco-friendly solution which are bristles made up of up to 62% castor bean oil.
    This still means that those bristles are not compostable, so you still need to remove them as the nylon ones.
  • Another option is to use pig hair but as I’m writing, the idea of using an animal to brush my teeth doesn’t attract me at all. In addition, is the source material is animal, it would attract bacteria.

The only option I see at the moment is Nylon. It will take a few minutes of my future to get rid of the bristles, but still better then finding my entire toothbrush in the ocean.

Usually Dentists and Toothbrushes companies suggest to change your little friend after 3 months.
This info is not completely accurate and it makes me think that behind this fact stands a simple marketing purpose. I would suggest to change your toothbrush when the bristles are ruined and they obviously won’t work as expected.

Now the question is: What should I do when I get a new Toothbrush?


Since the goal of this article is to be more sustainable and eco-friendly, I’ll give you a few ideas on how you could use it before compost it.

  • It can be used to clean all those surfaces that can be reached easily
  • to clean small grooves
  • to clean your keyboard
  • to clean your bathroom
  • to remove stains
  • to clean your nails
  • as a eyebrows brush
  • as a pet brush
  • as gardening pegs

If you will follow any of these ideas you will definitely do something great for this planet.

After that, when you will really need to dispose it you must remove the bristles and then you can either burn it or compost it.

I want to share with you the oral care products I personally use. You can find them HERE!

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