• Bamboo vs Plastic: Is a Bamboo Toothbrush Really Eco-Friendly?

March 18, 2019

It’s obvious when comparing a bamboo toothbrush with its plastic counterpart, that the bamboo option is WAY more eco-friendly. We all know how bad for the earth plastic is, but if you need reassuring then here we go… 

…en guard, it’s time for a dual!  

Bamboo Toothbrushes vs Plastic Toothbrushes

Let's have a look at some of the reasons why if you care about the planet and particularly, the ocean, you should make the change and choose a bamboo toothbrush.

Bamboo Toothbrushes: Why Bamboo?

Organic and Pesticide Free

Bamboo is organic and never needs pesticides to grow 

Helps Our Earth's Atmosphere

Bamboo produces oxygen when it grows and absorbs C02, so the more bamboo we grow, the better for our earth’s atmosphere! 


Bamboo is actually a grass, not a wood. It self-renews, meaning it never needs to be planted, it will reproduce and keep on growing!

Fast Growing & Sustainable

Bamboo can grow up to 3ft (1 metre per day). The species ‘Moso’ in particular outperforms all other types of bamboo and is the ideal species for toothbrush production, while also being panda-friendly as it's not a variety they enjoy eating! 

100% Biodegradable

Bamboo can 100% biodegrade safely into the earth.

Provides Local Villagers with Jobs

Harvesting naturally growing bamboo gives jobs to local villagers in rural parts of China. 

Plastic Toothbrushes: Why Should We Avoid Plastic?

We all know how bad plastic is, whether its a plastic toothbrush or plastic packaging, but just in case you missed the memo, here are some reminders!

100% Not Biodegradable

Every bit of plastic produced since it’s invention is still around today, hence unlike bamboo, plastic is not biodegradable and is harmful to the environment!

It Won't Go Away Any Time Soon

 Due to plastic taking around 1000 years to break down, it will stick around for a long time.

Its Production is Harmful

Factories producing plastic pollute the earths atmosphere, so before you have even got onto its 1000 year presence, it's causing the earth damage.

Not to mention, over the last ten years, we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century. 

It is estimated that 3.6 BILLION toothbrushes enter our ecosystem every year with no chance of decomposing in our lifetime. Imagine that amount of toothbrushes all in one place! Yuuuk! 

The world’s largest floating pile of discarded plastic is called “The great pacific garbage patch.” It covers an area 3 times the size of France. 

Still not made the change? Start your earth-friendly journey and switch to bamboo today for just over £1 per month with our bamboo toothbrush subscription! 


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