Day 134 / 365
*please note: this is a re-post of a post a wrote back in December, but I wanted to include bamboo toothbrushes as part of this #GoneGreen2016 series as it is a super important (and easy) sustainable switch to convert to! xx Holly
It was much to my own blissfully ignorant surprise when I discovered the toothbrushes I have long loved and dedicated the health of my teeth to, are as evil as the cleverest of Bond villains.
We've long been told plastic is no bueno, but I somehow didn't connect that information to the object I use at least three times per day. I would have never imagined something we use so regularly could be created with such lasting harm to the planet and its inhabitants. Each piece of plastic ever created is still in existence, which is why it is no surprise multiple gyres of floating plastic, as big as the U.S.A, have swelled up in our oceans.
IT TAKES OVER 1,000 YEARS FOR A SINGLE TOOTHBRUSH TO DECOMPOSE. And that's being optimistic. We tend to replace our toothbrushes every 3 months in the Western world, with additional replacements if we get sick. Which means Billions of plastic toothbrushes reach landfills globally each year, and they will never biodegrade.
Millions more end up in our waterways and pollute our oceans, harming, poisoning or suffocating wildlife and marine life who ingest these plastics thinking they are food. Over a million seabirds and mammals die annually from plastic ingestion or entanglement (that we know of).
To top off all these wretched realities, the chemicals used in making plastic products of any kind (benzene, vinyl chloridexylems, bisphenol A, BPA) are highly toxic and loads of toxic waste is produced. Making plastic also pollutes the air, it releases carbon monoxide, dioxin, hydrogen cyanides and volatile organic compounds. Plastic recycling is not a solution to the crisis.
where to buy ...
Izola (the most aesthetically pleasing)
Woo Bamboo (they do brushes for pets too!)
Environmental Toothbrush (David Suzuki's fav)
These are just a few of many! Just google: "Bamboo Toothbrush, (your city/country)" and plenty of options will come up. You will also find selections of bamboo toothbrushes in your local Bio store!
** If you're concerned about knowing which one is yours in the holder, just D.I.Y your brush with a bit of eco paint / pen / marker and make it your own - you can use Izola as inspiration **