If you've just bought your first bamboo toothbrush, congratulations! We are proud to have you among other like-minded people caring for all of us now but most importantly also for the next generations. Here you can learn what to do with your bamboo toothbrush once you want to replace it for a new one. If you are already a 'droper' maybe you know but take it as a quick reminder. 😉
DON'T TRASH IT STRAIGHT AWAY!
Step 1: Upcycle and re-use your toothbrush
Clean your bathroom with it. An old toothbrush is the perfect size and shape to reach all those hard to reach spots, like in the corners of the counter top, between tiles, inside plug holes, or even inside the toilet.
- Maintain electrical items. An old (dry!) toothbrush is the perfect tool to clean out dust from between the keys on your computer keyboard, or to remove debris from the vents on a hairdryer or filter on a vacuum cleaner.
Clean cooking implements. Ever got annoyed at all the garlic pulp stubbornly clinging to the inside of your garlic crusher, bits of cheese caught up in your cheese grater? Keep an old toothbrush by your sink - it's the perfect tool to clean them out.
- Scrub sports equipment. Got mud caught between the studs on your football/rugby boots, or a dirty bike chain? Yep, an old toothbrush is ideal to scrub them clean again.
- Make garden markers. Just write the name of each plant on an old bamboo toothbrush and push it into the soil as a handy reminder.
Step 2: Remove the bristles.
While our bristles are recyclable, they are also the one part of a bamboo toothbrush that isn't biodegradable (we are talking less than a gram of material here). Oral health and effective teeth cleaning is our nº 1 priority, and as yet no biodegradable fibre exists that does it as well and for as long as the industry standard nylon bristles we use (apart from pig hair, which we won't use, and which has its own set of environmental and ethical implications).
This means you have to remove the bristles and dispose of them separately from the toothbrush handle. There are two different methods to remove them:
Pull them out with pliers (our favored method) or snap the whole toothbrush head off
The bristles can then go into your plastic recycling, but as they are so small and easily lost, we recommend first putting them inside another plastic item you are recycling, like food packaging, a bottle or carton, etc.
Step 3: Compost the bamboo toothbrush handled
We recommend putting it in your bio-waste bin to be disposed of in an industrial composter, where it will break down in a few weeks, but you can also put it in a home composter. Even if you just throw it into your normal rubbish and the toothbrush ends up in landfill, it will still biodegrade in a few years.
HAPPY BRUSHING! 🎉