If you’re interested in eco-friendly beauty and the environment (which we’re guessing you are, seeing as you’re here!) then we’re sure that you’ll have already heard the hype surrounding bamboo toothbrushes. But if you haven’t, we’re here to tell you about the benefits a bamboo brush can bring, and why you should definitely consider making the swap from plastic.
We launched the KOHA Beauty bamboo toothbrushes last year, with two styles – one for adults, and a smaller version for children, both with ergonomic handles. Since then, they’ve been flying off our virtual shelves and have rapidly become of one KOHA’s bestsellers, so for those of you who haven’t jumped on board the bandwagon yet, we thought we’d share with you the reasons why you absolutely should. Bamboo toothbrushes have seen a spike in popularity in the past couple of years, as more of us become aware of the damage that excessive plastic waste is doing to the planet. Every year, billions of plastic toothbrushes are found in landfill and in the oceans worldwide, which seems to us like needless waste, especially when you take into account the toxin production and carbon footprint also created by the manufacturing of plastic toothbrushes. A terrifying fact is that plastic toothbrushes will take up to 1000 years to biodegrade (yes, you read that correctly), and scientific research predicts that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish.
Bamboo toothbrushes, conversely, are biodegradable – meaning that it definitely won’t end up in landfill or clogging up our oceans. Instead, you can just throw it on the compost heap and let nature take its course. Buried horizontally in your garden, your bamboo toothbrush should break down and biodegrade fully in around 3 years, although if you have a composter, this can reduce to as quickly as 6 months. Our KOHA Beauty bamboo toothbrushes are made from sustainable MOSO bamboo, making it much kinder to the environment. Bamboo plants grow quickly (it’s rumoured to be the fastest-growing plant on the planet), need little care and can thrive without fertilisers or pesticides, again improving its eco-credentials. We also use super-soft, BPA-free nylon bristles in our brushes, which make them completely cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. Many bamboo brushes use boar or badger bristles, which are not only unsuitable for vegans, but can also pose a risk to health as the natural fibres harbour moisture, making them a potential breeding ground for harmful bacteria. The nylon bristles we use are gentle yet effective, providing a thorough clean without damaging the teeth or gums, and have feathered tips to access even the most hard-to-reach areas of the teeth and gums. And there’s no need to worry about value - our KOHA Beauty toothbrushes cost the same as the average plastic toothbrush, and last just as long. Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 3-4 months and the same rules apply when it comes to a bamboo brush. The bonus we score though? Our packaging is absolutely plastic-free and 100% recyclable, and we use no artificial colourings in the manufacturing process either.
Feeling convinced yet? We’ll just share with you some last top tips before you head off to purchase your brand-new bamboo toothbrush…
Once your toothbrush has served its principal purpose, it’s time to reuse and recycle it, before you commit it to biodegradable burial. Just soak it in freshly-boiled water for a few minutes to sanitise it, and remember to mark it in some way, so that nobody accidentally uses it for their teeth. You can use your brush to clean your bathroom, getting into all of those hard-to-reach spots like between tiles, inside plugs or taps, and around buttons or switches. Or you could use it to clear out dust and debris from your computer keyboard, clean out your hairdryer’s vent, or remove the rubbish from your vacuum cleaner’s filter. You could even start the biodegrading process early and use the brushes in your garden as plant markers, to clearly mark which plants are which – especially handy if you’re a veg grower!
So, there we have it – and if you weren’t convinced by recyclable, eco-friendly and sustainable oral hygiene before, we’re willing to wager that you are now. Head over to our online shop and grab KOHA Beauty bamboo toothbrushes for the whole family, we guarantee you won’t look back.