Healthy, pearly whites are a standard part of good hygiene in western cultures. However, the dental industry has gotten SO bogged down by waste from plastic toothbrushes: almost a billion brushes in the U.S. thrown away each year = 50 million lbs. of waste annually (read this post). To combat this waste, I’ve listed my Top 3 Eco Friendly Toothbrushes!
If you’re already a fan of electric toothbrushes, you may be reducing waste slightly. They often last longer and their parts are interchangeable which makes less waste. However, depending on the brand you may not be significantly decreasing overall waste.
I would highly recommend you make the switch to a more minimalist brush like Quip. Although their products still use (and consequently throw away) plastic, they are aware of their responsibility to create sustainable products. This is a great option if you want a sleeker, low maintenance electric toothbrush that’s good to travel with.
This is a non-electric toothbrush that you can change just the head (bristles) section! What I love about this brush is it’s a minimalist design with simple color options. Sadly, it’s still made of plastic, but it is antimicrobial and recyclable, so when you do switch the heads, you’re creating less waste than throwing out a completely old toothbrush. This is a great lower cost, lower waste option!
This is another non-electric toothbrush that’s made with a biodegradable bamboo handle. It comes in a pack of 4 (they’re numbered for differentiation) with no plastic wrapping. When it’s time for a new toothbrush, you can simply remove the bristles with some pliers and toss the handle in a compost bin!
If you choose this option, try to find an eco-friendly store nearby first. Even though the company’s packaging is recyclable, Amazon will still send them to you wrapped in a plastic bubble mailer.
Also, if you click the link and scroll down to “sponsored products related to this item” there are many more bamboo brush options! If your teeth are sensitive, it’s worth taking the time to read some of the reviews for approximate bristle strength (soft, medium, hard).
If you don’t live in the U.S., make sure to check out Wasteland Rebel’s post on some other eco friendly toothbrush options!
I hope this short post gives you a quick guide to some more eco friendly toothbrush options and encourages you in your zero waste journey! It’s a simple reminder that being kinder to the earth doesn’t mean compromising on being kind to our bodies!
If you have any comments about brushes that work better for you, let me know in the comments below!