The toothbrush is one of the most important items in the bathroom, although swapping the plastic one for a more planet-friendly option can seem daunting where your family’s dental care is concerned, and product information can often be sparse or difficult to navigate.
Each of our wooden toothbrushes contains a bamboo handle, and biodegradable packaging which adheres to zero waste principles. Bamboo is a popular choice for plastic-free toothbrushes. These dental care products are usually made from Moso bamboo, which takes less time to grow than any other plant in the world and has been certified carbon neutral.
Another popular ingredient for people who choose dental products which will minimise their plastic waste is charcoal, which can help to whiten teeth naturally. Our charcoal bamboo toothbrush by Curanatura has charcoal bristles, which are made from bamboo-derived plastic and infused with charcoal, which beats the synthetic bristles on your old plastic brush any day! Curanatura have also created the ‘whole’ bamboo brush. This bristle toothbrush has a head made from brush bamboo, with a handle made of…..you guessed it, bamboo!
Our Truthbrush range of bamboo brushes also boasts toothbrush bristles which are made from 62% castor oil and 38% nylon. These create a considerably smaller carbon footprint than a fully synthetic plastic toothbrush. The company’s FAQ section explains that the only totally biodegradable alternative is a brush made from pig hair bristles, which would be “unacceptable to many people.” They also state that although dentists recommend a soft bristle for best care of the teeth, high demand for medium bristles in adult size has led them to expand their range of products accordingly.
Another way to cut down on the plastic pollution generated by bristle toothbrushes is to opt for a corn-starch handle, as boasted by our NFco range. Although these products contain nylon bristles (the brush heads should be snapped off before composting or disposal of toothbrush handle), they are BPA-free (Bisphenol A, an industrial chemical) unlike most plastic toothbrushes, and the nylon bristles are recyclable. NFco offers a medium nylon twin family pack in several elegant colour options as part of their range.
Our range of Jack N’ Jill toothbrushes also contain 100% corn starch handles, shaped for easy grip in small hands, and soft nylon bristles to cater for the sensitive gums of babies and children. Even that clear display window on their pack isn’t made from plastic – it’s actually 100% corn starch!
Dental experts recommend brushes should be changed every 12 weeks, although when using corn starch and bamboo products you may wish to change yours every 6-8 weeks. Some companies even offer a toothbrush subscription service which ensures a new tooth brush gets automatically sent to you at regular intervals, decided by you, throughout the year.
So now you’ve almost completely removed those pesky plastic products from your dental care regime. What better way to celebrate than to treat your bathroom to a beautiful ceramic rainbow toothbrush holder from Shared Earth? We know you want to!