What Are The Benefits of Switching to a Bamboo Toothbrush?
Did you know over one billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every single year? That equates to over 50 million pounds of waste, ending up in our landfills annually.
As more and more research is done on plastic’s lasting negative effects on our environment, it’s time to consider solutions that can protect the Earth.
Brushing teeth may not initially seem like something that would contribute greatly to ocean pollution, but all that plastic adds up. We aren’t meant to keep plastic toothbrushes for very long.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), they’re meant to be thrown out every three to four months. Because most toothbrushes are made of composite plastic materials, they can’t be recycled. Plastic takes a very long time to decompose, sometimes hundreds of years. While we wait for that plastic to decompose, it negatively affects the environment.
Just because plastic toothbrushes are the most common doesn't mean they are the only option!
At Bite, we’re here to provide an alternate, sustainable way to clean teeth and protect the environment. Our natural Bamboo Toothbrush is 100% plant-based and compostable to promote a more sustainable lifestyle.
What Is a Bamboo Toothbrush?
A bamboo toothbrush works just like a regular standard toothbrush, but it’s made of bamboo rather than plastic.
Bite’s Bamboo Toothbrush has castor bean oiled bristles that are soft and effective at removing plaque from your teeth. Because both the bamboo handle and the castor bean oil bristles are plant-based, they can be placed in a home compost bin instead of being thrown out to end up in a landfill.
The Benefits of Switching To Bamboo
A bamboo toothbrush is not dangerous to the environment in the same way a plastic toothbrush is. Plastic toothbrushes don’t decompose when you throw them out. Instead, they gather in landfills and stay there for long periods – sometimes hundreds of years.
The benefits of switching to a bamboo toothbrush outweigh the benefits of continuing to use a standard plastic one. Here’s why.
Better for the Environment
Bite’s Bamboo Toothbrush isn’t harmful to the environment. As an eco-friendly toothbrush that delivers sustainable performance and durability, it’s 100% compostable. Bamboo and castor bean oil break down easier than plastic.
Not only is the bamboo compostable, but the box it comes in is recyclable and plastic-free. Unlike typical plastic toothbrushes that come in bulky plastic packaging, Bite packaging uses materials that are 100% biodegradable.
It’s been reported that a toothbrush can take up to a hundred years to deteriorate, so it’s little wonder that by 2050 it's expected that there will be a higher volume of plastic in our oceans than fish. Yikes.
At Bite, all of our products and packaging are meant to be recycled, composted, or reused. We audit our packaging material regularly to ensure we are using the most sustainable materials we can find.
Bite prides itself in being certified carbon neutral. Carbon emissions come from many daily human activities that consume energy. Shipping contributes to a large percentage of global CO2 emissions.
At the rate we’re going, it’s estimated that by 2050, shipping could represent 10% of global CO2 emissions.
While we can’t avoid the carbon from our shipping processes entirely, we have prioritized making our footprint as small as possible. Our shipments hitch a ride on existing postal routes to avoid releasing additional emissions caused by rush shipping options.
Whereas most bamboo toothbrushes are made with plastic-petroleum-based bristles, Bite's are made with castor bean oil meaning they’re truly 100% plastic-free. The handle is made of Moso bamboo, a renewable resource grown without pesticides and that needs very little water.
Because the bristles on Bite’s Bamboo Toothbrush are made from castor bean oil, they aren’t being created from crude oil (fossil fuels, petroleum) that harm the environment.
When bristles made of crude oil break down, it becomes toxic and poisons our groundwater and soil. When 100% plant-based bristles from Bite’s Bamboo Toothbrush break down, they break down into nutrients that nourish the soil. Obviously, these are two drastically different effects on the environment.
Great for Travel
Not only are our bamboo toothbrushes better for the environment and your body, but they can be brought with you wherever you go.
Bite’s Bamboo Toothbrush is great for packing away quickly when traveling because it has a detachable head, cutting the size of the toothbrush in half. It’s easy to store and not awkwardly long like some other toothbrushes.
Additional Sustainable Features
- Softer bristles
- Bamboo toothbrush handle
- Toothbrush and compostable packaging made from recycled material
- Non-splintering bamboo wood
- USDA Certified
- Reduces plastic waste and embraces sustainable, environmentally friendly materials
Where To Find a Bamboo Toothbrush
Bamboo toothbrushes are popping up all over the place, from convenience stores, grocery stores, to hotels.
But Bite is one of the most affordable: Our Bamboo Toothbrush is available with a $5 subscription. Without a subscription, they’re available for purchase in packs of 2 for $12.
We offer a 30-day guarantee if you are not satisfied with your purchase, but we know you'll love it! When someone buys Bite’s Bamboo Toothbrush, they make an active choice that's better for their body and the planet.
We need to work together to fight the world's plastic problem, and by supporting companies committed to plastic-free, sustainable dental health (like ours!), we can all contribute to that change.
We make it easy to access all the sustainable and natural products you need for dental hygiene. Consider Bite a one-stop shop for clean mouths and sustainable lifestyles.
Buying a Bamboo Toothbrush seems so simple, doesn’t it? How could making such a simple change in a daily routine significantly impact the environment? When we avoid buying plastic products, we’re helping the environment.
This toothbrush is bamboo plant-based and enjoyable to use with soft bristles and a long, smooth handle. Its durable and lightweight qualities make it a great alternative to hardwood products, and it’s made from all-natural material with recyclable packaging,
Bite’s Bamboo Toothbrush is one more way to take another step towards living a more sustainable life. Bite has the perfect eco-friendly oral hygiene products, including our biodegradable toothbrushes with natural bristles and bamboo handles. When someone uses Bite products, they can rest assured they’re helping shape a better future for our planet – one day at a time.
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