Ok so stay with us…green tooth brushing I hear you say, what on earth is this? Put simply it is a sustainable and chemical free way to clean your teeth. Why is this important we hear you ask, well why put chemicals into your mouth if you don’t have to?
And why is there a need for such a small device (the common toothbrush) to be sustainable? Well there are over 7 billion people in the world, most of which brush their teeth with a plastic toothbrush two or even three times every day (some less but let’s not single them out, ahem listen up all your non-oral hygienists!). Given dentists advise that you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, and with almost the entire planet brushing their teeth daily and demanding replacement toothbrushes as much as 4 times per year this equals an enormous amount of plastic waste that can end up in our oceans and in landfills. Are you starting to see the importance of green tooth brushing..?
So now onto the best way to go green when brushing your teeth…we have done a lot of research into this and bamboo seems to be by far and away the most sustainable product out there. Why? Well because bamboo is sustainably harvested. As you may know, bamboo is known to grow over 4 feet a DAY in the right conditions, so it is fast growing, not like old timber etc. Plus as bamboo is grown naturally, without any added chemicals or pesticides of any kind it is good for you and the soil. Furthermore, bamboo is actually naturally antimicrobial.
Our favourite bamboo toothbrush is Grants, they are a family run Australian business who have been providing natural oral care to Australians for over 30 years.
Grants biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes are an eco-friendly way to brush your teeth. Made from 100% biodegradable and environmentally sustainable bamboo. The bristles are made from 62% Castor Bean Oil and 38% plastic which is not compostable but can be recycled. To dispose, break off the bristle head and recycle the rest or compost it back into the soil. Each toothbrush is wrapped in a sealed corn starch wrapper which means they can also be composted and the box recycled.