• Emmanuel Dean

Here’s why you should switch to bamboo toothbrushes

Updated: Jan 7, 2021


Before toothbrushes were created, people cared for their oral hygiene by chewing on aromatic sticks or by constructing a brush using animal bones and swine hair. Then, the very first nylon and plastic toothbrush was invented in 1938 and people have never looked back since.


A Much Bigger Problem


Nowadays, the average plastic toothbrush is made out of a plastic handle and nylon bristles. Inside the head there are metal staples that hold the bristles in place. For these toothbrushes to be recycled, all these materials must be separated.


However, because of the small size and large quantities of toothbrushes thrown away daily, it would take too much energy to separate and recycle them. Therefore, toothbrushes are more often than not buried somewhere in a landfill or thrown into the ocean.


The plastic and nylon of these toothbrushes are made of petroleum, a non-renewable resource with an abundance of negative environmental impacts. The manufacturing of nylon creates nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas 310 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. The process itself is very energy and water intensive that often causes runoffs that enters the water.


What’s most alarming is that these toothbrushes can take over 400 years to decompose. The plastic waste not only greatly damages the ocean’s ecosystem, but are also consumed by the sea creatures, resulting in the plastic toxins ending up on our plates.


Plastic Toothbrush Waste in Numbers

The environmental impact of toothbrushes is bigger than you imagined. Given that toothbrushes were invented in 1938 and take over 400 years to decompose, this would mean that nearly EVERY SINGLE TOOTHBRUSH since then still exists somewhere out there till this day. And even the very few that do get recycled, can only be recycled maximum once or twice before ending up in landfills and ocean as well.


We throw away around 300 PLASTIC TOOTHBRUSHES in our lifetime, it’s time to change that!


Eco-friendly Options


An eco-friendly alternative to the plastic toothbrush is the bamboo toothbrush, because it is biodegradable. Bamboo trees can grow 2.5 cm every 40 minutes, making it one of the fastest-growing crops in the world and a sustainable resource. Plus, it is naturally anti-bacterial and water-proof.


At BOOMI, our toothbrushes main material is FDA, FSC, and CE approved 100% certified Organic Moso Bamboo. We choose this species because pandas do not eat it. And we ensure that 2 bamboo trees are planted for each one we cut out.

The bristles of BOOMI’s toothbrushes are BPA-free and we deliver it in a cardboard box, making it a fully eco-friendly and recyclable packaging. We also offer adult and kids design, so the whole family have more sustainable options!


The bamboo toothbrushes can be composted after use, only the bristles are thrown away.

It might not be a 100% zero-waste toothbrush alternative, but it is a much better one when trying to reduce the plastic waste in the environment.


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