Let's keep those pearly whites shining bright, without the environmental fright!
You replace your moisturisers, face creams, and toothpaste regularly. Most of you have also started to switch to more environmentally friendly options where you can. But when was the last time you thought about your toothbrush? Today, a variety of brushes are available on the market. You can buy a bamboo toothbrush, an electric toothbrush, or a generic plastic one with soft or hard bristles.
Before the plastic boom, natural materials were used to maintain oral hygiene. Fun fact: the history of oral hygiene can be traced back thousands of years. Ancient Indians used neem twigs while the Chinese used animal hair on bamboo sticks or bone handles.
Bamboo toothbrush is climbing the popularity ladder!
As awareness of oral hygiene grew, so did the use of plastic in making brushes. Unfortunately, these synthetic brushes are non-recyclable as parts of them tend to get stuck in machinery.
Bamboo is eco-friendly, sustainable and renewable! While other organic materials can also be biodegradable, their environmental impact during farming and manufacturing is huge. Many farmed wood alternatives to bamboo require the use of chemicals and pesticides to grow. Their manufacturing process also involves excess water and electricity usage.
Bamboo is naturally anti-bacterial, grows fast and regenerates, unlike other plants. Since it requires almost no chemicals or pesticides during production, it’s also a toxin-free alternative.
Why bamboo toothbrush, you ask?
Bamboo toothbrushes are not just a boon for your oral hygiene but also for the environment. All the plastic that has ever been produced still exists today. Plastic takes up to 1000 years to break down and doesn’t entirely degrade. Instead, it photo-degrades, meaning they break into smaller toxic particles and invade the environment.
Bamboo is an all-organic material that requires no chemical use during production and degrades or composts easily. Some benefits of using an eco-friendly toothbrush are -
1. Brush away the chemicals!
This toothbrush is free from harmful chemicals and toxins like BPA. One small switch to bamboo, one giant leap to a better environment for all mankind.
2. The Power of Charcoal
Most South Indian households use activated charcoal to keep odour and bacteria from their fridges when fermenting the dosa dough. It can do something similar for your teeth. It removes stains, plaque and mouth odour-causing bacteria.
3. Planet-saving Oral care!
Toothbrushes made from bamboo are organic and environmentally friendly. Since it involves a chemical-free production process, these brushes leave behind no toxic residue and biodegrade completely. Your average bamboo charcoal toothbrush will biodegrade within six months.
Compost it or let it biodegrade. You will never have to worry about toothbrushes piling up in a landfill.
4. Splinter-free keeps your fingers happy!
Bamboo has naturally long finers that are moisture-resistant and durable. This makes the material easy to shape and bend. Many ancient cultures used bamboo in construction for this reason. Its durability and natural height make it a perfect anti-thesis to wood and safer for use without the fear of splinters.
No more pesky little splinters getting under your skin!
5. Sensitive gums? No problem!
A bamboo charcoal toothbrush is soft and gentle on your teeth and gums. They are suitable for people with sensitive teeth and gums and are less likely to irritate.
Beco’s cornstarch bristles are gentler and safer for use for sensitive teeth and gums. Just as strong as your run-of-the-mill nylon bristles, they are a perfect companion to your oral health.
Care, don’t despair!
Using a bamboo charcoal toothbrush is no different from using a normal one. It is imperative to care for it properly to make it last longer. Follow a few easy steps and your new organic toothbrush would be perfect for use for longer -
1. Give it a good bath!
Once your new brush is out of its packaging, rinse it clean. Rinse with water or some toothpaste. Make sure to dry the brush before you leave it in the holder for use later.
Don’t forget to recycle the packaging! All Beco products are packaged using biodegradable and recyclable materials.
2. A dry holder will keep your brush bolder!
Biodegradable toothbrushes made with bamboo need to be stored in a dry place. To ensure the good condition of your brush ensure that your holder does not retain water. Your storage area must be dry and devoid of any moisture. While bamboo is naturally moisture-resistant and anti-bacterial, long exposure to excess moisture can cause them to degrade more quickly.
3. Don’t mince, just rinse!
After use, quickly rinse your brush. Make sure to get rid of any debris or particles to avoid mould from setting in your brush. This is useful for any type of brush. Any leftover food particles in your brush can invite bacteria or mould. That’ll get you sick in no time. And who wants to miss Saturday drinks with the buddies because the toothbrush gave you a soar throat?
4. Keep it happy, keep it dry!
Dry your brush after every use. You can also use a soft, clean napkin to pat it dry. Or you could leave it out to dry before putting it back in its holder. Make sure no excess water is left on your brush after use. This will help it last longer and keep your carbon footprint low.
5. What comes after, will keep away an environmental disaster!
Once your brush has fulfilled its purpose you have two options - upcycle or dispose of it. Upcycling your brush for cleaning can be an effective way to reuse the product. Disinfect the brush with some water and baking soda for 15 minutes before reusing it for cleaning.
The great thing about bamboo? It’s biodegradable. Unlike the nylon bristles most commonly used, Beco’s organic bamboo toothbrush uses bristles made with cornstarch. This makes your Beco brush an entirely biodegradable product.
Make sure to replace your eco-friendly toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles start fraying.
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