Have you been considering ditching the old plastic toothbrush for a more sustainable option? If so, bamboo has become an eco-friendly alternative for many personal care products, especially toothbrushes and floss. If you are on the fence as to whether or not to officially make the switch, we listed a few reasons why it may be the better choice for you!
More Environmentally Friendly
It is estimated that 23 billion plastic toothbrushes get thrown away each year. This means that 23 million pieces of plastic end up in landfills, unable to decompose, and eventually end up polluting many of our ecosystems. Plastic toothbrushes are made up of a combination of tiny pieces of plastic, making them un-recyclable and prone to shed tons of microplastics that contaminate water sources. This harms both us and wildlife as we end up drinking the plastic contaminated water.
Bamboo offers an eco-friendly alternative to plastic as it is both recyclable and biodegradable. Bamboo is a very fast-growing plant, needs little care to grow, and does not require the use of pesticides or fertilizers. It also is considered a renewable resource since it continues to grow once it is cut. More importantly, bamboo does not contain microplastics, making it a more eco-friendly option compared to plastic toothbrushes.
Another benefit of a bamboo toothbrush is that they are naturally antimicrobial. This means that a bamboo toothbrush is less prone to bacteria growth than traditional plastic toothbrushes. Bamboo wards off bacteria as it must protect itself against bugs and diseases while growing. These properties extend past its lifetime and help protect against harmful bacteria that can grow on your toothbrush, making it a cleaner and natural oral care option!
Long Lasting and Decreases Waste
Bamboo toothbrushes also last just as long as traditional plastic toothbrushes. However, the American Dental Association recommends swapping out your toothbrush every 3-4 months regardless of long lasting qualities. Bamboo toothbrushes help decrease the waste associated with swapping out your toothbrush every 3-4 months since the bamboo handle can be recycled or composted. Just make sure to take out the bristles before tossing it in the compost!
ORL is committed to producing eco-friendly and natural oral care and just released new bamboo oral care accessories. The ORL toothbrush boasts a safely-sourced bamboo handle that promotes all the qualities listed above. While the bristles are made of nylon, it still offers a more environmentally friendly option compared to the traditional plastic toothbrushes. ORL’s floss is 100% natural and biodegradable with the floss being made of natural silk. It is zero waste and a great way to keep your gums naturally healthy and remove any bacteria build up. Make the eco-friendly switch today!