Why are plastic toothbrushes bad? How long does it take for plastic toothbrushes to decompose? It is crazy to think how a toothbrush, a small item that we use every single day can affect our environment. Here are 7 reasons why you should think about switching to an eco-friendly alternative.
1) Over a billion toothbrushes end up in landfills every year in North America!
This is just in North America, now imagine all other countries contribute to that! On average, 300 million tons of plastic are produced around the globe each year. Considering dentists recommend that you replace your toothbrush once every two months, most people go through a couple toothbrushes per year. That may not seem like a very large impact at first glance, but consider how many people live on this planet and if everyone is throwing out a few brushes a year it adds up very quickly.
2) Electric toothbrushes leak toxins into the environment!
Electric toothbrushes too are typically made of plastic and rubber but that also have the added negativity of requiring batteries that when not disposed of properly cause terrible damage to the environment. Even rechargeable batteries end up needing to be replaced over time and these batteries often get discarded into landfills where the battery acid leaks into nearby oceans and waterways harming wildlife and the environment.
3) Plastic toothbrushes are a toxic soup of chemicals!
Plastic toothbrushes are made from a combination of plastic material derived from crude oil, rubber and a mix of plastic and cardboard for the packaging. It's not just the disposal of the brushes that are the issue. The manufacturing process for plastic toothbrushes contains a myriad of harmful plastic by-products as well as petroleum and crude oil!
4) Plastic toothbrushes are draining oil supplies!
Oil, is a non-renewable resource, which means that for it to be produced, oil wells are constantly being created, harming ecosystems and destroying habitats just so that the product can be thrown away.
5) Plastic toothbrushes take over 400 years to decompose!
They remain in landfills indefinitely. Plastic toothbrushes stain the landfills with their presence! As they settle into the landfill, they release chemicals into the air. This results in even more damage to the environment.
6) Plastic toothbrushes pollute oceans and beaches!
They end up in our oceans and washed up on our beaches or consumed by marine life, harming them and potentially killing them off. Our little fish buddies definitely do not appreciate the extra company. A lot of this plastic gets broken down into smaller pieces. These small pieces end up being ingested by nearby marine life. One could even end up in your meal...
7) They cannot be burnt for fuel.
Plastics do not burn easily but when they finally burn they emit some very nasty chemicals. Burning plastic is a nasty business. It stinks; it spews oddly colored flames, and the smoke makes you want to reach for the nearest gas mask. Burning plastic contributes to acid rain...yea, not nice.
An Alternative Is Available!!!
While plastic toothbrushes can be very harmful to the environment, there is an alternative that can help reduce the damage being done. Toothbrushes made of bamboo are a renewable alternative that has the added benefit of being 100% biodegradable.
They are made of moso bamboo. Moso Bamboo is one of the fastest growing bamboo plants in the world, because of how fast it grows it is a sustainable resource. It isn't harmful to the panda population either! Pandas do not eat moso bamboo.
Bamboo toothbrushes are also antimicrobial, this means that your toothbrush won't be at risk for growing all kinds of nasty bacteria.
If you think plastic toothbrushes are a thing of the past and want to move into a greener future, buy a bamboo toothbrush right away.