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Going back to our roots with bamboo toothbrushes

Posted by Tracy Wade on

Following a dentist’s advice, we’re recommended to replace our toothbrush every three months. That’s four toothbrushes a year per person.

There are nearly 8 billion people in the world. Imagine if every person threw away four plastic toothbrushes a year... The plastic they’re made of won’t break down in our lifetime. Nor within the lifetime of our children. Imagine that on a global scale.

Plastic toothbrush waste
Who invented the toothbrush?

Early forms of the toothbrush are mentioned as early as 3000 BC, when Egyptians and Babylonians used “chew sticks" which were thin twigs with frayed edges used to rub against the teeth. The first bristle toothbrush was invented in China in 1498, where coarse boar hairs were attached to handles made of bamboo or bone. Boar bristles were used until 1938, when the first plastic tooth brushes were born.

When was plastic invented?

The first plastic based on a synthetic polymer was made from phenol and formaldehyde, with the first viable and cheap synthesis methods invented in 1907, by Leo Hendrik Baekeland, a Belgian-born American living in New York state.

The main materials that are used in making plastic toothbrushes are polypropylene, polyethylene and Nylon. Polypropylene and polyethylene is usually used in making handles. Nylon, specifically nylon 6, is the main material of bristles.

Our ancestors were smarter than we think

So it seems after nearly 100 years we have gone full circle and reverting back to bamboo toothbrushes and not a moment too soon.

Every year, as much as 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste are dumped into the ocean. A recent study estimates more than 11.1 billion plastic items are currently entangled on coral reefs.  So far, little is known about how this waste is affecting the health of marine organisms.

Recently, an international study has an answer, and it is bad...coral reefs are getting sick from this plastic waste.

Fortunately today's bamboo toothbrushes are more pleasant and easier to come by, no need to hunt and kill wild boar. Simply click, pay, save (the planet).

Bamboo cleans more than just your teeth

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can grow 3 feet in height in 24 hours under appropriate climate conditions. Unlike other woody plants, bamboo reaches maturity after only 3 to 5 years. So it's an excellent way to replace plastic products whenever possible, for example bamboo toothbrushes.

Bamboo releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared to other plants. Because of these features, bamboo greatly decreases amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and cleans the air.

Every toothbrush you've ever used still exists somewhere on the planet. Make the change to an environmentally friendly bamboo toothbrush today. With FREE delivery to your door there really is no excuse not to use a bamboo toothbrush.