Sunday, February 16, 2020

Bamboo Toothbrushes - My Road to Sustainability

Bamboo Toothbrushes

For most people, the first thing they think of when you tell somebody you are eliminating plastics in your life and trying to be more sustainable is: reusable grocery bags, reusable water bottles and bamboo toothbrushes. Whoever is doing the marketing for bamboo toothbrushes is a genius.

Quote from the Zero Waste Cartel website about plastic toothbrushes "In the USA, over 850 million toothbrushes are discarded and end up in landfill every single year. And once in landfill, the plastic toothbrush will not break down. The microplastics will often reach rivers and end up in the sea. It's estimated that 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes are used worldwide every year, with the average person using 300 in their lifetime."


Week 2: Bamboo Toothbrushes

I purchased my first bamboo toothbrushes last July, but was waiting for my old plastic toothbrush to wear out before opening the new ones. My oldest son needed a new toothbrush, and is very interested in sustainability also, was the first to try the bamboo toothbrushes. He really likes his and was telling all his roommates at college about it and talking them into purchasing their own when needed. He is such a advocate for things that he believes in.

My old plastic toothbrush was getting gross, and I made the jump to the bamboo one the second week in January. But what did I do with the old toothbrush? Garbage? Recycle? Keep it in my drawer? Sort of, it got banished to the kitchen cleaning brushes drawer. I used it to scrub off all the food particles on my stove grates that were leftover from the holidays. Something about the new year makes me want to clean my whole house....deeply. Baking soda, water and elbow grease was all that was needed to clean both stove grates.


switching to a bamboo toothbrush


So what did I think of using a bamboo toothbrush? At first I was a little skeptical. I do not like wood utensils in my mouth, they feel weird and I don't like it. We had all wood silverware at my oldest son's high school graduation party, and I just could not eat off of them. The leftovers are still at my parents cabin, and I refuse to use them there also. So I wasn't sure how this was going to go. I had also seen reviews by people who are having bristles fall out of their toothbrushes. If there is one thing I hate more than wood things in my mouth, it is a hair. Agh, I am gagging just thinking about it. So I was concerned about that also, but I went for it. 

bamboo toothbrush reviewI purchased a 10 pack from Zero Waste Cartel for $14.99 because I liked the two different bristle colors so I would know which toothbrush is mine. But, I will admit, I don't really care for the wood feeling against my cheek, but it is quite a smooth wood and I have learned to get used to it now. I have only had two bristles in my mouth, that I know of, and yes, it did make me gag, but at least I knew it wasn't a hair. The bristles are actually quite soft and don't feel like they are scraping the crap out of my teeth. They are easier on my gums and therefore I am actually getting better at brushing my gums because of it. The first few times using the new toothbrush, I needed to get used to rinsing the toothpaste off really well, and I am tapping it on the edge of the sink to remove the excess water better. I am not sure if water sitting on the wood is ok or not, but I am trying to remove the extra water just in case. I have not noticed a better or worse cleaning with the bamboo toothbrush, but I think that is a good thing. They can be swapped out for a plastic brush without any complaints then.The real challenge will be getting hubby to switch over when his toothbrush has reached the end of it's usefulness. 

I think I am going to stick with the bamboo toothbrushes. I have been using it for a month now, and I have gotten used to the wood feel in my mouth. I am better at brushing my gums and have one of my kids on board with it also. I purchased mine online, but am starting to see them pop up in retail locations. I actually spotted one at the local Dollar Store! What an easy way to do something good for the planet for only a dollar, and the same price as a plastic one. They are becoming more main stream, which will help to eliminate some plastics in our landfills and possibly change some minds about how easy it is to become eco-conscious with the products that we use everyday.



Summary:

CompanyZero Waste Cartel
Why sustainable: bamboo & compostable
Packaging: cardboard box and plastic free shipping
Price: about the same as plastic, but shop around
Advantages: softer on your teeth and gums, use old plastic one for cleaning
Company Mission: partnered with One Tree Planted and Bare Vida
My Implementation: I waited until my old brush was shot, then switched and never looked back
Coupons: enter your email and there is a 10% off code that will be emailed to you

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐





Up next week: Reusable Grocery Bags




I am not receiving any financial or product compensation for this post, the opinions are my own.



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