I couldn’t believe 30 million plastic toothbrushes are thrown out in Australia every year! And the plastic won’t break down in our or our children’s life time. This led me to do some research and buy a 12 pack of compostable bamboo toothbrushes. They come in children and adult sizes, and soft and medium bristle types. Bought online they are only $3 a brush. You can find them in some Gippsland stores if you look hard enough but they can cost anywhere from $4 to $7.
We have been using our first brushes for almost three months and we love them! We cannot fault this product. Normally we would have to change toothbrushes every few weeks because of how quickly the bristles splayed and hurt our gums, but these ones are still going strong!
We wrote our names on the handle, which is kind of a nice touch and the kids decided to colour theirs in. Unfortunately they used washable textas. Next time we’ll look for more lasting ways to creatively personalise the brushes.
Before these brushes go in the compost I use them in my garden for labels. I found this idea on the web and I love it.
You can buy The Environmental Toothbrush here. If the adult medium brush is sold out, scroll to the bottom of that page to find other toothbrushes for sale.
UPDATE from The Environmental Toothbrush:
“The bristles are made from a BPA FREE polymer resistant to microbial growth during normal use, to ensure safety and durability. We have tried to find a biodegradable bristle but as of this time there is nothing available – apart from boars hair (don’t want to go there). No they are not Nylon 4 (as far as we know there are no bristles made from Nylon 4 on the market today).
We have tried to bring you a toothbrush that is better for the environment- over the years we have been misled by our manufactures about our bristles being made of Nylon 4. We still believe that our toothbrush is a better alternative to a full Plastic toothbrush.”
This suggests that we need to bin the bristles before composting the handle.
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