Beautiful Bamboo Toothbrushes February 8, 2018 – Posted in: News, Product News
Beautiful Bamboo Toothbrushes:
The global issue of plastic pollution has been drawn to the attention of the masses recently. There has been lots of coverage in the media and action plans being put in place by the Government.
For a while we have aware that carrier bags are detrimental to the planet (and now our pocket at 5p each) and more recently the devastating effect that the millions of disposable coffee cups has on the environment each year. This is great news! The more awareness that is raised & the more mainstream recycling becomes, the better placed we are to tackle the problem. However, single use plastic products are everywhere – hiding in every nook and cranny of our homes.
One of the biggest culprits of plastic pollution are manual toothbrushes. Globally, over 5 BILLION toothbrushes end up in landfill each year. A staggering 1 billion of these are from Europe, closely followed 850 million in the USA and 30 million from Australia! This equates to over 3000 tonnes of landfill in the USA and Australia combined each year.
Of the 1 billion disposed of single use plastic toothbrushes in Europe, statistics indicate that a mere 10% are recycled,. A futher 15% are combusted and potentially up to 10% finding themselves in oceans where ingestion by marine life is a possibility. The portion that aren’t recycled end up in landfill where they will stay indefinitely. Plastic toothbrushes are made from a combination of Polypropylene and Nylon – both of which are manufactured from non-renewable fossil fuels. Burning of these materials releases both toxic and greenhouse gases – not idea really is it?!
So what is our alternative?
Bamboo toothbrushes are a sustainable and biodegradable option. We have been investigating Bamboo toothbrushes for a while and have committed ourselves to finding sustainable & attractive options which is when we stumbled upon the amazing Bam and Boo!
Each bamboo toothbrush uses organic and wild bamboo that has been FSC certified to ensure the source is sustainable. As the fastest growing plant on Earth with natural antibacterial properties, it doesn’t require pesticides or fertilizers. Bam and Boo assure their customers that 95% off each toothbrush is made from renewable sources and is biodegradable. This includes the toothbrush head and handle, the cardboard box and the PLA bag. The 5% that is not renewable or biodegradable is the Nylon 6 BPA free bristles. Bristles can be removed when recycling or composting your toothbrush. The natural alternative to nylon bristles is pig’s hair which Bam and Boo feel doesn’t match the ethos of the company nor do they provide optimum performance. They are constantly working on a natural, vegan friendly, sustainable alternative.
Our favourite thing about Bam and Boo is their attention to detail. All of the packaging used is 100% biodegradable. This includes the bag that the made of plant material and is compostable! The bristles in each toothbrush (whether you choose and adult or a child’s version) are soft as recommended by dentists to protect teeth ad gums and are available in a variety of colours – a colour for each family member!
We hope you love them as much as we do & together we can work on reducing those hidden single use plastic items lurking in your home!