When you really think about it, what is in a regular tooth brush? You have the nylon bristles, the staple that holds the bristles in, and the plastic handle. How in the world would you separate all of that for recycling. From my research (http://www.earth911.com/living/health/recycling-toothbrushes-and-toothpaste-tubes/), I found out that to recycle toothbrushes, all of those components must be separated before processing. Seems like a lot of work to me.
WooBamboo has really come up with a wonderful solution to this; create a toothbrush that is both earth friendly and dentist approved.
moso bamboo, a naturally occurring bamboo that pandas do not eat. The handles are also naturally antimicrobial, so you don't have to worry about yucky germs growing in your or you little one's toothbrush. Best of all though is, when it's time to replace your toothbrush, you can compost the handle or throw it in the trash knowing it will decompose.
What abut the bristles. No, they are not bio-degradable, they are actually made from Dupont Tynex nylon. That can be recycled, so if you want to take apart your toothbrush, you can recycle the bristles.
Now you may ask yourself why WooBamboo did not use biodegradable bristles. It states on their website that they tried out the biodegradable in their lab, and they found that the ones currently on the market started decomposing after only a week of using them or didn't decompose at all. So the only other option from there was boar hair, and honestly, who wants to put that in their mouth.
Overall, I really like these toothbrushes. They work really well, and are great for the environment too.
If you would like to purchase a kids or adult toothbrush from WooBamboo, you can check out their website for a list of retailers (http://www.woobamboo.com/getwoo/). I have also seen them on Amazon, if you feel more comfortable buying them that way.
|As you can see Goose really enjoys her WooBamboo toothbrush.|
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