About a month ago, Brett and I [but mostly Brett] finished remodeling our upstairs bathroom.
All done [hallelujah!]:
Since then, I’ve been anxious to replace the final eyesore – our toothbrushes.
I’ve been slowly replacing other bathroom items with zero waste, sustainable alternatives. I swapped our plastic shower curtain liner for a cloth one that can be washed and reused. [Since plastic shower curtain liners can’t be recycled, we are “upcycling” it as a tarp over our firewood. Other great ideas for old plastic liners can be found here.]
I’ve also traded the typical containers for cotton balls and q-tips for glass jars that I already had around the house.
I still have some plastic stuff waiting to be used up or worn out before being replaced – brush, comb, lotion and detangler bottles…
But the toothbrushes really bothered me. I finally got to replace them with compostable bamboo brushes. The bristles are nylon and though the biodegradability of some types of nylon are being debated, these bristles can be pulled and recycled.
I chose this company because it is based in the US and [from everything I can tell] committed to ethical and sustainable practices. Also they come in 100% cardboard packaging [double boxed]. It is hard to find toothbrushes that don’t have ANY PLASTIC in the packaging.
And it doesn’t hurt that making the bathroom more eco-friendly also makes it look better.
There are lots of great sustainable toothbrush options available now. Just search for bamboo toothbrushes. Also Preserve is a company that partners with Whole Foods to gather and recycle plastics into new toothbrushes which is the best choice if you want stick with plastic. They make it super easy to recycle the brushes when your done by selling you the brush in a prepaid return pouch!
As for your old plastic toothbrushes, read more about recycling them in this article by Recycle Nation [spoiler alert: it ain’t easy].
And more about sustainable toothbrush options in this post by My Plastic Free Life.
AND order your own sustainable toothbrushes from The Green Root here.