Small yet highly polluting, toothbrushes are one of the most dangerous things for the planet. It’s an everyday object that we don’t necessarily suspect of being among the most polluting things. Indeed, not only does it take up to 1000 years for a toothbrush to decompose, but every year more than 4 billion toothbrushes end up in landfills and into our oceans.
A hidden pollution
According to a study, one toothbrush represents 1.5 kilograms of “hidden waste” which is linked to its manufacture. Moreover, unlike bamboo toothbrushes, regular plastic toothbrushes can’t be recycled because they are actually made of several types of plastic. And, as we saw in a previous article, not every type of plastic is recyclable or can be easily recycled.
Not to mention that while toothbrushing, you need to save water and avoid leaving the tap running while brushing your teeth. So, the easiest thing is to fill a glass with water that way you will avoid wasting water. Especially, when every time we brush our teeth, we use about 10 liters of water.
Some eco-friendly alternatives
The first thing that comes to mind is to swap your plastic toothbrush with a bamboo one. Bamboo has many advantages: it grows easily, helps fight the greenhouse effect since it produces about 35% more oxygen than other plants. Moreover, it contains no toxic substances, unlike a plastic toothbrush that may contain bisphenol-A.
And, above all, it’s biodegradable and compostable.
But, you can choose a replaceable-head toothbrush. Or, you can even opt for a toothbrush made from wood or recyclable plastic. Speaking of wood, a natural alternative is the miswak stick, pretty used in India or Africa.
What about toothpaste?
You should opt for 100% natural, zero waste toothpaste. You are wondering if it exists. Yes, it does! A solid toothpaste is the solution you’re looking for. And, guess what? It doesn’t contain microbeads nor petrochemicals.
See it’s super easy to be eco-friendly and not only will you preserve nature but you will also take better care of your teeth. You just have to follow these super easy steps!