The devil in your bathroom!
Don’t you just love that fresh pearly white feeling? There is nothing better than waking up in the morning and heading straight to the bathroom to freshen up your smile, but did you know that your seemingly innocent standard plastic toothbrush is causing all kinds of devastation across the world.
We may immediately think that a little toothbrush doesn’t have that much impact but consider it a small part in the very big problem.
Why is my plastic toothbrush so devilish?
1 billion toothbrushes are thrown away each year in the US, that’s enough to stretch around the entire world 4 times. “But isn’t plastic recyclable” I hear you say? Let me tell you more….
Plastic toothbrushes handles are made from a mouldable, thermoplastic material known as polypropylene and polyethylene. These plastics are sourced non-renewable fossil fuels and while they are recyclable, many, if not all recycling plants do not recycle them and then they end up in landfill.
In the US alone 85 million pounds of toothbrushes hit landfill each year and with the ever increasing size of toothbrushes that number will only increase.
The average toothbrush takes 400 years to decompose and are not fully biodegradable, leaving behind micro plastics to wreak havoc across the world.
Our seemingly innocent toothbrush ends up in landfill and finds its way to the ocean and various habitats as trash is moved from place to place in an effort to control a never-ending issue. Here is where our toothbrush can cause our most visual damage. It was reported that a female albatross had been seen trying to regurgitate a plastic toothbrush to feed to its chick and science is finding more and more lost birds with bellies full of various plastics, toothbrushes among them. Marine mammals and fish also end up feasting on micro plastics, leading to declining numbers in marine life. This is just a few examples, imagine the true devastation.
What are the other effects on the environment?
The plastics used in making standard toothbrushes are made from a combination of rubber and crude oil. Crude oil, is a non-renewable resource and for it to be produced big league companies are destroying ecosystems and habitats causing further devastation to wildlife and our precious planet.
A toothbrush undergoes various chemical processes before it is packaged and makes its way into our home. Once that toothbrush hits landfill and starts to decompose it leaks a slurry of toxic chemicals into the air and ground. These chemicals also make their way into waterways. So not only does the consumption of plastic by wildlife cause concern but the chemical damage alone is enough to make us think twice.
Due to the fact that many of our marine life are feasting on micro plastics and living in toxic water, it is now well known that those plastics and chemicals are ending up back in our bodies after consuming fish and causing an increase in human health issues – one good reason why a vegan lifestyle promotes life. So you see, our seemingly innocent toothbrush is actually quite the villain.
What can we do about it?
We know that plastic toothbrushes are causing damage to our beautiful planet but there is an another way and Its easy to make the change. Bamboo toothbrushes are a renewable alternative that is 100% biodegradable. Bamboos include some of the fastest growing plants in the world, some species grow at almost 4cm an hour. Because of this it is incredibly sustainable. Toothbrushes like the Bamboo ones that we support here at Project Love Back have coconut fibre bristles and are naturally antimicrobial.
It’s time to take a stance and make a small change that can mount up to something big that could help our planet regain some of what she has lost. Do your bit for the planet and switch to a sustainable, recyclable toothbrush just like the Bamboo toothbrushes we sell in our store today.