It goes without saying that Mother Earth has been asking for our help. And with this issue in mind, brands are becoming proactive in coming up with organic and eco-friendly alternatives to everyday items. This is to encourage everyone to start living a plastic-free lifestyle.
One everyday item that we can't live without but isn’t exactly good for the environment would be our toothbrushes. Most of our toothbrushes are made out of plastic, the Earth’s biggest rival. Our conventional plastic toothbrushes take at least 400 years before they decompose. If they are not disposed properly, they end up and settle in landfills. There, they release chemicals that further damage our environment.
As it is recommended to change your toothbrush every three to four months, the amount of plastic toothbrushes that we can accumulate in a lifetime is alarming. This doesn’t even count the disposable ones that we use when we travel!
If you’re ready to take the clean beauty route, here are sustainable alternatives to your plastic toothbrushes:
Outcome Zero Bamboo Toothbrush with Charcoal Fibre Bristles
Its handle is made from sustainable Hisinchu bamboo and recyclable PBT. It has charcoal fibre for its bristles. This brand also carries a Zero Waste Toothpaste that you can refill when you bring your own container.
Outcome Zero Bamboo Toothbrush with Charcoal Fibre Bristles, price available upon request, The Vegan Grocer PH Evia Lifestyle Center and San JuanContinue reading below ↓
Simula PH Bamboo Toothbrush
If you’re looking for a no-frills, basic alternative to your everyday toothbrush, then Simula PH’s Bamboo Toothbrush is just for you. Plus, it comes in a recyclable paper box!
Simula PH Bamboo Toothbrush, P80, The Good Fair Trade, Karton.ph, Simula PHContinue reading below ↓
Pack Light PH Bamboo Toothbrush
Disposable toothbrushes are even worse that the ones we use at home, since these are single-use plastics. If you’re travelling soon, bring this sustainable substitute instead. You can purchase it with a bamboo case that’ll keep it travel-friendly.
Pack Light PH Bamboo Toothbrush, P150 (with bamboo case), Pack Light PH InstagramContinue reading below ↓
Lieu Bamboo Toothbrush with Painted Handle
If you’re convincing the rest of your family to make the switch, recommend the Lieu Bamboo Toothbrushes. These have painted handles that come in different colors to help every member to distinguish which one is theirs.
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Colgate Natural Bamboo Charcoal Soft Toothbrush
This new bamboo toothbrush from one the country’s household names for dental care will certainly keep your smile shining. Aside from its charcoal-infused bristles that will keep your pearly whites glistening, the handle is made from natural, biodegradable, and sustainably grown FSSC certified bamboo. Absolutely an Earth-friendly choice!
Colgate Natural Bamboo Charcoal Soft Toothbrush, P220, WatsonsContinue reading below ↓
If you do decide to start using a bamboo toothbrush, keep these in mind:
- The handle is made out of bamboo, so it is highly recommended that you store it in a dry area after use. Enclosed cups that accumulate water may become a condusive area for bacterial growth.
- Just like your usual toothbrushes, make sure to replace them after three months of use or at least when the bristles have frayed.
- You have to dispose them toothbrushes properly for these to be considered as completely sustainable. Don’t worry; these disposal methods aren’t hard. Here’s what you have to do:
- Disassemble the toothbrush. Using pliers, remove the bristles from toothbrush head. Since we’ve yet to find a more sustainable alternative to plastic bristles, they are not yet biodegradable. The best way to recycle these bristles is by incorporating them into your eco bricks (together with other unavoidable plastic waste!).
- Reuse or compost the handle. The brush handle is completely biodegradable and will return to your soil within six months. You can either bring it to your local facilities or compost it in your own home. But if you can find another use for it, feel free to do so!
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