We all (should) have one, we all (should) use one, but it’s an item that may sometimes get overlooked when thinking about green products. Unless you have an electric model, you are more than likely to buy a run of the mill thermoplastic toothbrush. But what eco-friendly alternatives are there to be housed within your lean, green property project?
Not just a favourite with the Pandas, this strong and flexible material is being utilised in the dental industry. Bamboo is used for eco-friendly toothbrush handles, which are both biodegradable and extremely renewable.
Nylon is used for the bristles, which is also a biodegradable material, meaning far fewer brushes will be sitting in landfill for 1,000 years. It is also anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. No wonder those furry guys love it so much!
Who Wood have Thought it?
Yep, you’ve guessed it. The world’s favourite building material and all-round versatile resource is also used for the manufacture of toothbrushes. Beechwood is a common favourite, which can be sustainably harvested and put to good use as a dental product. It is well known that Queen Victoria had dentures made of the stuff, so surely it’s good enough for the humble, modern day consumer?
Although our reasons for using wood might differ to those of Her Majesty, they are good reasons all the same. The obvious benefits of wooden products full stop is to prevent the build-up of waste plastic on land and in the oceans and waterways. If your new green project is filled with non-recyclable products then it certainly defeats the object.
Reuse and Recycle
It’s not always possible to purchase or even get on with the material substitutes, so what about reusing old plastic products to create new ones? You can buy 100% recycled brushes, complete with recycled packaging. You might want to stick to your beloved polys, but you needn’t buy one which is brand spanking new.
Efficiency is the key to any eco-friendly building project, and even astronauts need to brush their teeth. So to counter your carbon footprint (a space shuttle burns around 11,000 pounds of fuel per second, for example) you might want to use a recycled plastic toothbrush instead.
Ditch the Brush; Chew Instead!
Your bathroom might resemble a field of grazing cows, but there is an alternative to the trusty toothbrush. Natural chewing sticks are certainly not a new phenomenon – they’ve been used for thousands of years in fact. They are popular in the Middle East and are fast catching on everywhere else as an environmentally friendly way of neatening your nashers.
As the fibres within the stick get more and more worn out, you trim it off and start again. You can get your teeth clean and also practice your gardening skills – all without harming the environment in any way, shape or form.
If you’re running out of ideas as to how to change your dental habits and purchases, there is a whole world of information in the form of professional advice and reviews. Sites like the Toothbrush Talk blog give you a whole raft of stuff to get your teeth into, whether it’s looking for an improved product or ways in which to reduce your environmental footprint.