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Adapting to an eco-friendly lifestyle is a slow process, full of learning. It involves learning to make the right decisions that impact you and the environment. While switching to an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle, there are always a few hurdles and doubts. A guiding hand is always helpful.
These are a few things that I wanted to know when I was switching from a plastic toothbrush to a better option, a bamboo toothbrush. Looking for reliable information on the internet is like going on a treasure hunt. You can certainly find the treasure, but without a map you might lose your way. So here I am sharing all you would want to know before making a significant switch to a healthier lifestyle!
Is Bamboo Toothbrush a Truly Eco-Friendly Option?
The body of a bamboo toothbrush is made entirely of bamboo, which is biodegradable and compostable. Bamboo is quick to grow, requires little to no care, doesn’t need any pesticides or fertilisers, and is one of the most eco-friendly materials available right now.
Although the handle which is made of bamboo is completely biodegradable, the bristles may or may not be. It depends on what material they’re made up of. Nylon bristles are non-biodegradable and their disposal is hence different from the biodegradable bristles. Bamboo bristles on the other hand, are just as biodegradable as the handle.
Bamboo toothbrushes right now are the most eco-friendly option available in the market. One can even choose to reduce their carbon footprint by ordering them in packs or getting bulk bamboo toothbrushes, and hence reducing usage of package materials.
Why Can’t Bamboo be Replaced by Neem Wood
Neem wood is antibacterial and has a lot of medicinal properties, but it is not the ideal material for crafting eco-friendly toothbrushes. Neem wood is more prone to moulding because of high water content. Moreover, neem trees take a long time to grow and hence its usage is limited. Not just that, neem fibres may be injurious, and might hurt your gums if not finished properly.
On the contrary, bamboo is lightweight, comparatively dry, easier to work with, grows fast, and less manufacturing effort.
How effective are Bamboo Toothbrushes?
Bamboo brushes are crafted in the same fashion as their plastic counterparts- just without the plastic! Hence, have the same functionality and effectiveness as that of your regular plastic toothbrushes. They are one of the easiest options to choose if you are looking to switch to eco friendly products in India or any where in the world.
Will the Bristles Hurt me?
Although it depends highly on your choice of bristles and brushing technique, bamboo toothbrushes have the same bristles as your regular toothbrushes, and hence are equally safe to use.
Bamboo bristle toothbrushes are a softer variant available- easier on your gums, as well as the earth!
Are Bamboo Toothbrushes Ideal for Sensitive Teeth?
Bamboo brushes bristles have the same feel as the bristles of your regular plastic toothbrush, and hence they are just as comfortable and harmless as their plastic counterparts.
Although, regardless of how soft the bristles are, we suggest not using a lot of pressure while brushing your teeth.
How do I Care for and Maintain my Wooden Toothbrush?
Apart from making sure to keep it dry, the maintenance and care would be the same as that of a plastic toothbrush.
- Rinse the toothbrush before and after brushing your teeth with running water the same way you would with a plastic toothbrush
- Make sure to shake off the excess water
- Keep the toothbrush in upright position, while making sure that it is not in contact with other brushes or surfaces
Would my Bamboo Toothbrush get Mouldy?
The chances of your eco friendly toothbrush getting mouldy are scarce, given it is taken care of properly. We suggest you keep your toothbrush dry and free from excess water.
What is the Longevity of a Bamboo Toothbrush?
If taken care of properly, it can certainly last for a very long duration. Although dentists suggest you change your toothbrush every 3-4 months to maintain a good oral hygiene.
How to Dispose Off a Bamboo Toothbrush
After using your Bamboo Toothbrush, for 3-4 months, the process of disposal is just as easy as choosing your wooden toothbrush.
Either you can break off the head of the toothbrush. Or you can pluck out the non-biodegradable nylon bristles using a plier, whichever is your preference.
The handle can then be composted.
For biodegradable bristles toothbrushes the entire toothbrush can be composted together
How can you Reuse and Recycle a Bamboo Toothbrush
You can be as creative as you want here, with your used wooden toothbrush. It can be used as a painting tool, or even a handy cleaning brush for smaller objects.
After plucking out the bristles, the bamboo handle can be used for various crafts & decor like pen stands, wall decor, plant markers, or you can help the environment and compost it.
Bamboo toothbrushes are a small step taken in a long journey towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable future. They are practical, easy to manufacture and use, while being economical. Used with a natural tooth powder, it proves to be an even more environment-friendly option, not just that, if you truly wish to reduce your carbon footprint, order your bamboo toothbrushes and other sustainable oral care essentials, in bulk, and help reduce non-eco friendly packaging and wastage of resources.
In the end there can be thousands of reasons to stick to your old plastic toothbrush, but you only really need one to shift to a bamboo toothbrush. So make the shift today and create a difference!