Bamboo Toothbrushes 🌱
Why make the switch?
1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away 🗑 annually in the US, nearly all of which are plastic 🧴. The average person uses 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime. That’s a lot of unnecessary waste 🌍
Plastic takes hundreds of years to break down, whereas bamboo can grow 1m per day 🌳 and composts in ~6 months 🌱. As mentioned in my previous post, even @colgate now sell a bamboo toothbrush!
A bit of dental history: it wasn’t until WWI that dental care became a mainstream concern - driven by the need for soldiers to have healthy teeth 🦷 in order to eat tough, dry military rations. The requirement was 6 healthy, opposing teeth and yet a lot of men failed the test 😫
By WWII however, US troops were instructed to take care of their dental health and these habits stuck. Cultural norms around dental care were changing 😁
In the 1930s, boar bristles b 🐗 were being replaced with Nylon and since then the design of a manual toothbrush has stayed largely the same. But the issues around plastic have caused a shift. Many toothbrushes are unrecyclable because the composite plastics most are now made of are difficult, if not impossible, to break apart efficiently 🔨
While most bamboo toothbrushes, including @simplybamboo_za use Nylon bristles, it still makes a huge difference when the majority of the toothbrush can be composted 🍁. Alternatives on the market include @radius_usa using sturdier bristles so your toothbrush lasts longer - while @goodwellco produce metal handles to last a lifetime. ~
In terms of switches to plastic free living, this is probably one of the easiest you can make - also, bamboo just looks far nicer in your bathroom 🤗
So to help kickstart your switch to bamboo, we are offering 30% off all our Simply Bamboo products until January! 🌱(maybe an idea for last minute unconventional stocking fillers 🎅) 😂