This blog isn’t really an eco lifestyle blog as I don’t want to scare anyone away, but if you’ve read it for any period of time you’ve probably noticed by now that I’m a bit of a crazy hippy. So, if anyone was going to experiment with bamboo toothbrushes, it would be me.
I’ve been trying to cut down on the plastic in my bathroom for ages now, and one problem I’ve had is toothbrushes. Everything on the market is designed to be thrown away, and it’s a real conundrum if you’re trying to cut down on waste.
I can’t remember where I came across the idea of bamboo toothbrushes, but I bought a pack of six from Save our Green (and got a free coconut scrubber for the kitchen at the same time). You can try the brushes with either standard nylon bristles, or bamboo bristles. I bought bamboo bristles given that I was testing a green alternative.
The toothbrushes come in one size and hardness. This doesn’t bother me because I hate the amount of choice in toothbrush shopping anyway (I just want to clean my teeth – why is it so complicated?!), but I guess if you like to have this choice it might annoy you.
I haven’t really noticed any difference between these toothbrushes and regular plastic ones. They clean my teeth just the same, and I’ve been using the brush for about a month now without any signs of wear on the bristles. I mostly use them with Lush Toothy Tabs and Sensodyne (I have a filling that’s sensitive – P.S. Sensodyne doesn’t really help with this!). The only weird thing is when you’re brushing you have the feel of wood against your lips instead of plastic. It’s an odd sensation after X number of years brushing with plastic, but it’s not unpleasant.
I’m not a dentist (I assume I should put some kind of legal jargon here!), but unless you have special teeth needs I’d recommend trying out these toothbrushes. They can go a little way to easing your ecological footprint without huge inconvenience, and you can buy the brushes in multipacks for the whole family (you can buy a pack of 12 for £30). If you have a hot compost, you can stick these in your composter when you’re finished. Or just recycle it with your other wood waste. Yey!