The Ugly Truth About Plastic Toothbrushes

Ever thought about where your plastic toothbrush goes after you're finished with it?  Chances are it makes it into recycling or most likely into landfill sites. If the latter, these mind blogging statistics are going to compel you to find a more sustainable choice. 


FACT: 3.5 billion toothbrushes are sold across the world each year.  Made from  polypropylene plastic and nylon and can take up to 500 years or more to decompose.

- World Wildlife Fund Australia 


So let's do the's estimated that each adult uses around 300 toothbrushes throughout their lifetime.  There's currently 8.1 billion people in the world....that's an extraordinary impact on the environment. 

This is an intergenerational problem, long after you have gone - your toothbrushes will remain an environmental issue.  Even the very first plastic toothbrushes made in the 1930s are still having an impact on our environment well past their short, useful life.  


So what's the alternative?

Bamboo Toothbrushes are great alternative.  Dental health is incredibly important but it doesn't need to have such a disproportionate impact on our environment (and future generations).  Bamboo is a sustainable choice: it's fast growing, a renewable eco crop & requires no pesticides or herbicides to survive.  Choosing bamboo also helps mitigate annual greenhouse gas emissions.  Bamboo is also a carbon sequestration crop which means it can absorb up to 400 tonnes of carbon per hectare.

Bamboo Toothbrushes can be placed in your home Compost Bin and decompose within 4-6 months (depending on the conditions within the compost).