Hey guys, happy Thursday! Hope everyone is enjoying their week so far. Thank goodness it’s almost weekend, so stay strong. You can do this! So, for today’s article I will be talking about the difference between a plastic toothbrush and bamboo toothbrush. Not in the mood for reading? Join me on my Youtube channel tomorrow for a quick look.
Let’s get started.
This might come as a shock to you, but did you know that 99% of all the toothbrushes in the world are made from plastic? And what makes it worse is that about 1 billion plastic toothbrushes are used and trashed each year in South Africa. It got me thinking…
What’s the impact this has on our environment?
The problem is that most of these plastic toothbrushes will either pollute our environment or sit in landfill. Once it ends up in the landfill, it will take about 1000 years to degrade. So, it’s safe to say plastic toothbrushes will never fully biodegrade… It will just degrade into smaller micro plastics which is a danger to us and wildlife.
Microplastics are already in our rivers, oceans and drinking water.
If you are having a hard time understanding the consequences of this, let me put it into perspective for you with some shocking statistics…
A recent study done by National Geographic revealed that 90% of table salts in Europe contained microplastics. And World Wildlife Fund (WWF) also did a study that showed: people all over the world are consuming a credit card’s-worth of microplastic every week.
Now I am aware that the majority of this microplastic does not come from our toothbrushes.
Buckle up, this might shock you a bit. Did you know that over 1 billion plastic toothbrushes are being thrown out each year? It’s quite alarming and I would encourage you to politely nudge your friends and family to make a switch for something more natural and environmentally friendly.
Why the switch from plastic to bamboo?
I have spoken to a couple of dentists, and according to them, there isn’t that big of a difference between using a fancy toothbrush, electric toothbrush or just a plain bamboo toothbrush. They reckon that it is more about the brushing technique, than the toothbrush itself. Who knew?
Now some of you might think that buying a plastic toothbrush would be better because it massages your gums, has a tongue cleaner and can reach in places where you can’t normally reach. And, by using the correct brushing technique, a bamboo toothbrush should give you the same results as a fancy toothbrush.
The fact is bamboo toothbrushes are natural and biodegradable products. The great advantage to that is: When your bamboo toothbrush reaches the end of its lifespan, just throw it in your compost heap and it will biodegrade naturally. By doing this you are creating less waste.
Remember: Plastic takes about 1000 years to degrade, as I mentioned earlier. Making the switch to bamboo makes sense for the health of our planet and environment.
That’s it from me for now. Don’t forget to tune into my Youtube channel: Greenish Natural Living and discover the right technique to brush your teeth.
Until next time. Happy Greenish Living!