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If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I’ve been on the hunt for a good bamboo toothbrush for ages.
Billions of plastic toothbrushes are disposed of annually – the amount thrown away each year in the United States alone weighs the same as 11,500 full grown African elephants!
With reports saying that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2020, it’s time to tackle our destructive plastic habit.
Every toothbrush you’ve ever used is still sat somewhere – in a landfill site or in the ocean. It’s such a simple product, but switching to an eco-friendly alternative could have a big impact if we all did it.
When I started my hunt for an eco-friendly toothbrush I heard horror stories about bristles falling out and greenwashed claims about biodegradable bristles which actually weren’t that environmentally friendly.
So I was really pleased when Woobamboo reached out and offered to let me try their products.
The bamboo used in their brushes is sustainably grown, organic and BPA-free (a synthetic estrogen that is used to make certain plastics and resins – but has been linked to health risks). Plus it’s panda friendly! Pandas don’t eat moso bamboo – and that’s what they use for their bamboo toothbrushes.
Bamboo is natural and biodegradable, so when you’re done with it you can simply throw it on the compost heap.
The bristles aren’t biodegradable but they are recyclable. They’re made from Dupont Tynex nylon, one of the industry’s highest quality bristle materials, which is recommended by dentists. The bristles are tension held (with no glue), so they can be removed with tweezers and thrown in the recycling when the brush is finished.
The problem with most environmentally friendly toothbrushes is that claimed “biodegradable bristles” either aren’t, or if they are they actually start to decompose in your mouth with just a week or two of use. Another alternative would be to use boar hair. Yuck!
Woobamboo have gone for the best possible bristle for your teeth and the best handle for the planet, which is much better than the plastic alternative!
I’ve been using mine for a few weeks now and there’s been no bristle loss. The handle is beautifully crafted and actually feels nice to hold. It’s stylishly designed so it looks nicer in the bathroom than my old plastic toothbrush – plus every morning and evening when I’m brushing I remind myself that it’s one less piece of plastic in the world – and what’s better than that?
I also love Woobamboo’s company mission:
“We’re not about toothbrushes. We’re not even about hygiene. We’re about the fact that every person can make a difference in the world. Many small efforts lead to big change.”
At #EthicalHour we’re all about positive change and taking small steps where you can, which soon add up to a big impact!
If you want to take a small step today and reduce your plastic consumption, enter our competition to win a year’s supply of Woobamboo brushes and floss* – trust me, you won’t go back to plastic!
Win a year’s supply of Woobamboo brushes and floss!
*Open to UK entrants only, competition closes on 30th November. The prize – a year’s supply of Woobamboo brushes and floss, will include 4 brushes and 4 floss.