Brushing our teeth is a big part of all of our daily routine. Can you remember the last time you changed your toothbrush? Do you give the planet a second thought when throwing a couple of new toothbrushes in the trolley for you and your family? Thanks to the rising awareness of plastic pollution, more of us are reconsidering our everyday choices.
It’s estimated that 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes are used worldwide every year, with the average person using 300 in their lifetime. Unfortunately, roughly 80 per cent of these end up in the sea, where they pose a risk to marine life and habitats.
Each toothbrush takes up to a thousand years to decompose, so it’s little wonder that by 2050 it’s predicted that there will be a higher volume of plastic in the oceans than fish
I’ve recently been looking into eco-friendly alternatives for our toothbrushing needs.
During my research I found The Good Brush Company. The Good Brush Company are an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic toothbrush, without compromising on style or substance. I spoke to Rachel at The Good Brush Company who told me that working with dental professionals they have created a wave-shaped brush head, which is designed to give a fantastic, more effective, clean. What’s more, the bristles are BPA-free.
Brush handles are bio-degradable and, being ergonomically designed, comfortable to hold and use.
The toothbrushes are biodegradable bar their bristles, which are made from nylon which is free from BPA (a chemical used to make certain plastics that can seep into drinks, possibly leading to an increased risk of health problems such as increased blood pressure, heart disease and impaired brain development in children). The bristles just need to be plucked out with pliers before throwing your brush onto the compost heap.
I recommend that once you finish brushing, rinse the bristles for 30 seconds to wash away remaining toothpaste or food debris, and avoid leaving your toothbrush in a warm, damp case or holder as this encourages the growth of microorganisms.
There is no written down rules on how often you should replace a toothbrush, it is recommended that changing yours every one to four months depending on the frequency of use. When the bristles start to splay outwards , it’s time to get a new one.
At The Good Brush Company their ethos is to make a difference, to help protect the land and sea for future generations – the leaders of tomorrow. But they also recognise that some people need help now, which is why they also donate one toothbrush for every one sold! How amazing is that!
Let’s do what we can to look after our beautiful planet and keep our teeth happy at the same time!!!
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