Bamboo toothbrush is another easy switch I committed to about a year ago. In my years of existence, I had already thrown away 100 plastic toothbrushes... And knowing that those toothbrushes never really go ‘away’, I couldn’t bear throwing away another one.
We call them ‘bamboo toothbrushes’ but they are not entirely made of bamboo. Often, they consist of a bamboo handle and nylon bristles. Bamboo is a great substitute for plastic because it is a remarkably fast growing plant that is rain-fed and doesn’t require fertilisers or pesticide to grow in the wild. Once you harvest a bamboo stalk, another one of the same size will take its place in a couple years’ time. The bamboo handle doesn’t require extra care, simply leave it out to air dry (and avoid placing them in enclosed toothbrush cups).
The only compromise in my opinion is the bristles. Bamboo toothbrushes doesn’t come with a variety of bristles. I personally prefer the ultra soft and fine bristles of conventional toothbrushes but at the same time I believe I’m opting for the better - @brushwithbamboo bristles that is composed of 62% plant-based plastic and 38% petroleum-based plastic. Even though they are not entirely biodegradable, they are certified bio-based and can be recycled at (some but not all) recycling facilities. I’m hopeful that bamboo toothbrush businesses will keep developing better bristles.
Using bamboo toothbrushes is the first step; disposing them responsible is the second. To be honest I’ve yet to figure out how to dispose of my old bamboo toothbrushes. The bamboo handle is biodegradable and compostable - does anyone know any composting facility in Hong Kong? However, the plastic bristles need to be pulled out and recycled separately. The problem is that the bristles are very fine and light weight which makes recycling difficult…
Nonetheless, don’t forget that we can repurpose old toothbrushes or their bamboo handles! I recently used mine to scrub my sneakers clean! Or you can use them for children's arts & crafts projects too!
Where to buy:
HK Delivery: awarestore.com.hk, now-nowaste.com, plasticfreehk.com, livezero.hk