A few months ago as a family , we decided to make the move towards a plastic free home. So far i am proud to say, that our kitchen is plastic free. And the rest of the home is pretty close too (the kids toys and storage is the biggest struggle, but i'll keep thats for another post). One item though that had been bothering me for some time was our (plastic) tooth brushes. We go through a tooth brush about every month (especially with small children who insist on chewing on them), So every year that is over 200 tooth brushes that we where contributing to landfill. So after some mad googling i found a Australian site which offered an alternative monumental dental . Bamboo tooth brushes. I purchased a 12 box for $33 a month ago and i have to say I'm pretty happy with them, we have just moved the kids onto there second brush (as i said, they chew), i think I'll replace mine tomorrow. Appearance wise they are very aesthetically pleasing (much nicer then fluro coloured plastic). The bristles feel like a medium to Soft, my 3 and 5 year old have not problem with the on the gums - but they are firm enough to leave you with that "clean" feeling afterwards. The best part is once you have finished with them you can pop the brush (and its packaging into the compost). The only downside is that all the brushes look the same. so don't forget to write you name on them.
I am in no way connected to, or affiliated with monumental dental (and I'm getting nothing out of this), i just think if you find a great product like this, its nice to spread the word.
Here is what the site has to say.
The Environmental Toothbrush was invented by dentist, Dr Natalya Taylor, who wanted to inspire people to create more simplicity and less polution in all areas of their lives.
These fantastic toothbrushes have a bamboo handle and bristles made from polymer, which is resistant to microbial growth during normal use.
They are 100% biodegradable, environmentally sustainable, and do not pollute the environment. The amazing growth and self-renewing ability of bamboo means that deforestation is not necessary either. Even the packaging is bio-degradable.
These brushes break down into compost, leaving no residue, and were a winner in the 2009 news.com.au Green Awards.
To keep your toothbrush in good condition and durability, please be sure to:
* rinse and dry your toothbrush after use
* keep your toothbrush well ventilated to dry
* store unopened toothbrushes in a dry place
For best results, it is recommended you replace your toothbrush monthly.
What a simple, affordable way to help the environment!
In Australia, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of by Australians each year, amounting to approximately
1000 tonnes of landfill each year. The plastic they’re made of won’t break down in our lifetime. Nor within the lifetime of our children. Imagine that on a global scale!