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The toothbrush dates back to 3500-3000 BC when the Babylonians and the Egyptians made a brush by fraying the end of a twig. Their naturally made toothbrushes even ended up in their tombs with them when the died. But in modern times, our synthetic toothbrushes end up in landfill or in our oceans!
The dentists say you are supposed to change your toothbrush every 2-3 months, imagine if everyone followed this rule, the amount in landfill would be even more catastrophic than it is now. As for me, I use my toothbrush down until it is bristle-less and completely unusable... not for any other reason but laziness. However, my plastic toothbrush will still go into landfill!
According to Brush with Bamboo,
Over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes that will never biodegrade are dumped in landfills and oceans every year worldwide.
Well, there are a few eco-friendly alternatives to the typical plastic and nylon toothbrush.
Brush with Bamboo is a great way to to say no to plastic and take a stand. Their website states "The plastic pollution crisis is so severe that 5 gyres of floating plastic, each the size of the United States, have swelled up in our oceans."
These Bamboo brushes are made from.. well... bamboo! The handle is completely biodegradable, however the bristles are still made from nylon, but can be recycled. Their other option was pig hair, in which they opted against. However, if you want a bamboo/pig hair toothbrush check them out here.
The Environmental Toothbrush, made in Australia, is a great place for Aussie's to acquire one of these custom made toothbrushes. Their brushes are BPA Free and Fair Traded and Vegan Friendly! They are also pretty cheap!
As stated on The Environmental Toothbrush website,