30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 11: Use a Compostable Toothbrush)

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Zero Waste Challenge – Compostable Toothbrush |Did you know about 50 million pounds of toothbrushes get sent to the landfill each year?

 When your current plastic toothbrush is just too worn out for teeth brushing, add it to your cleaning supplies and get yourself a sustainable toothbrush like one made from bamboo.
They work just as effectively as their plastic counterparts and can be composted when they wear out.
For those of you who use an electric toothbrush, I’m not going to suggest getting rid of it. Use it until it wears out.
There are a few recycling options for the disposable heads. Some participating Whole Foods may have a recycling drop off, @terracycle participates and some brands like Oral B offer recycling options.
For a more sustainable electric toothbrush, check out Georganics.
Also, if getting a more sustainable toothbrush isn’t an option, take care of the one you have.
Use it until it NEEDS to be replaced. I’m not convinced that we should be replacing our toothbrushes every 3 months or after we are sick. Seems silly to me. Just sterilize them in boiling water periodically.
What do you think? Is this something you’d like to try?
Related: Sustainable Toothbrushes; An Easy Zero Waste Swap

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4 thoughts on “30 Days to Zero Waste (Day 11: Use a Compostable Toothbrush)

  1. This is a hard one for me because I use a mechanical toothbrush with rechargeable batteries. We made the switch cuz the replaceable heads are less plastic than replacing entire brush, I had never seen a bamboo brush before!

  2. One issue that I have been concerned about…They all say that the handle is compostable, but they don’t mention what to do with the bristles. I assume they aren’t compostable? So do you break the bristles off?

    • Correct, the bristles are nylon and will need to be pulled out before the handle is composted. Honestly though, old toothbrushes are amazing at cleaning. I keep old toothbrushes for a myriad of tasks. : )

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