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I recently read your plastic free dental hygiene post and would like to recommend environmental toothbrushes. They are made from bamboo, a natural cellulose fibre, they are biodegradable, environmentally sustainable, and do not pollute the environment. Bamboo has a high growth rate which means that deforestation is not necessary either. Their packaging is also bio-degradable.
If you can please could you update your post on dental hygiene as all the available options still have a lot of plastic in them.
For $3 a toothbrush (Australian Orders) or $4 for international I think they are definitely worth it. They last for as long as you need and can be chucked in your garden or compost when you are done as they are 100% compostable.
to add on to your post. the pieces missing in the perfect toothbrush:
-made in north america with materials from north america (each region should use materials that it can attain locally). maybe can bamboo grow in central or north america?
-non plastic, non animal product bristles. have no idea what you could use? reinforced form of cotton maybe?
-a worker coop making the brushes. or at least a company that had full time employees with benefits in canada, usa
Seems like bamboo bristles could be done. They make so many other things out of bamboo!
There are varieties of bamboo that grow so well in north america, they're considered invasive. I don't know if one variety is just as good as another when it comes down to harvesting/using them.
After many months debating the options, I ended up purchasing the Environmental Toothbrush from Australia. I live in a small city in Montana, the Preserve Toothbrush is not available here. We do have the radius, but WITHOUT the replaceable heads. I thought okay, so that leaves me with ordering. I prefer to reduce toxins when at all possible and if I am ordering, what ever I order will come from overseas anyway, so go ahead and send for the bamboo toothbrushes.
We got them and we love them. We don't have a garden as we are temporarily living in an apartment, but plan to use the toothbrushes for label rows in the garden when they have exhausted our mouth usefulness.
My husband went to the dentist today. When they dentist finished, he asked "what are you doing differently, your teeth and gums look really good. Better than I have ever seen!" My husband said my wife sent for some "wooden" (he didn't know any different) from Australia! Then he went on to decline the free plastic toothbrush and floss in the little plastic bag! I am so proud!
And I would like to report, initially the brushes are a bit stiff, but they soften up nicely.
Beth Terry said:
There is a toothbrush sold in Europe with bristles from a polymer made from bamboo. I plan to investigate. http://pinterest.com/pin/17500…..489555546/
i can't tell, but seems to be the producing company, plus cuter photo:
here is the little information loveko provided me on the biopolymer when i emailed them:
"The adult brush is made from heatened/ Charocal bambo cellulosa
also called bio polymer, its not always polymer stands for plastic,
its also stand for corn, rice and very small part of cellulosa thats build up.
Byt nylon for children is of course of nylon, but this is biogradable to."
now, we just have to convince a commune somewhere in vermont to grow bamboo and make these (:
I have seen many of these type of dark bamboo toothbrushes, online through a wholesale distributor. Most of them are made in China, and possibly these companies in Europe that distribute them are just having them branded with their company name on them, which many companies do.
So, the bruses go from China to Europe, then here to the U.S. if we order them….ugh, so much mileage for a little toothbrush, no?
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