Save the World, One Toothbrush at a Time
We all know how important it is to do our part to help save the environment, use less resources, and do less harm to the planet. That isn’t the issue. The issue is where do we even start? The problem is so huge in scope, and so overwhelming that it can be impossible to figure out where to even begin. I am here to tell you about one simple, small step you can take today that will have a HUGE impact overtime. Something that every single one of us around the world does at least once a day and hopefully twice a day, each morning and night.
First, let me hit you with some knowledge.
In just the United States alone, there are approximately 1 BILLION toothbrushes thrown into the garbage. EVERY SINGLE YEAR. These usually end up in landfills around the country, where they never breakdown and never go away. This results in over 50 million pounds of plastic waste, none of which is biodegradable. These toothbrushes remain in landfills basically indefinitely. They find their way to oceans, beaches, and can even be consumed by ocean life. Now I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t enjoy finding trash on my beaches and between my toes. I definitely don’t want plastic in my seafood either.
Plastic handles for toothbrushes are made from hard plastics created out of crude oil and petroleum, both of which are definitely non-renewable resources. This is not helping wean us off our dependence on this limited, global warming inducing resource. Plastic is also filled with chemicals which are harmful to people. Some toothbrushes contain BPA, which disrupts hormones in humans and can mimic estrogen in the body, leading to hormonal imbalances and weight gain. Phthalates are another ingredient in plastic that can damage the immune system, reduce testosterone, and lead to infertility in men. Many of the chemicals in plastic also disrupt the endocrine system, which is responsible for secreting hormones throughout our bodies. All of this doesn’t even touch on the harm plastics do to wildlife and the environment. Plastic is literally poisoning our world.
So, are we doomed? Possibly.
However, we can never give up. The solution to the issue of plastic toothbrushes, as many of you have guessed, is bamboo toothbrushes. Bamboo is an all natural, renewable resource that makes for some awesome looking and feeling toothbrushes.
First, some benefits of bamboo:
Biodegradable & all natural
It isn’t plastic
The fastest growing plant on the planet
Produces 35% more oxygen than trees
So by using a bamboo toothbrush, you can actually contribute to enhancing the earth and helping drive the bamboo industry, thus indirectly creating more oxygen for the planet!
Here at Millennial Methods, we have come out with our own line of Millennial Methods Bamboo Toothbrushes. Being bamboo, our toothbrushes have all of the characteristics mentioned above and:
They are organic
They have activated charcoal infused bristles
They have ergonomic handles
They last as long or longer than traditional toothbrushes
They have unlimited up-cycling potential
The packaging is recyclable
The bamboo handles can be composted after use
The benefits of the activated charcoal, which is produced from bamboo as well, are also worth mentioning. The bamboo charcoal is also a sustainable product with major benefits, including:
Absorbs harmful chemicals and toxins
Is filled with beneficial minerals
So by using a bamboo toothbrush, you can prevent millions of pounds of plastic waste from entering the environment every year, help produce more oxygen around the world, have superior dental hygiene, keep away from harmful plastics, and brush your teeth in style. Sounds like a win for everyone to me!