Living Lightly Upon the Earth: Brushing with Bamboo

There are many different ways in which humans have neglected to take responsibility for the environment, and as I have researched and begun my transition into a more eco-friendly lifestyle, I often question my use of plastic.  As a result, one thing that really began to bother me was the amount of plastic toothbrushes that I used and disposed of.  Then, when I heard that there were places along the beach where discarded plastic toothbrushes were washing up on shore, I began to wonder if there was a better way.   With this in mind, I set off on a search for a healthy, eco-friendly alternative.   After doing a bit of research, I found the answer to my question; bamboo toothbrushes!  Because bamboo is a highly renewable resource and is biodegradable, it provides a nature-friendly alternative to harsh, chemical-laden plastic toothbrushes.

But is it Healthy?

As always with my lifestyle changes, I prefer to do my homework.  As I am dedicated to maintaining my health in a responsible way, I was determined that I would not make the switch if it put my dental health at risk.  For example, I was concerned that a bamboo brush might not clean my teeth effectively.  Would the handle give my mouth splinters?  What if the bristles were too hard and damaged my gums/teeth?  With all these questions in mind, I decided to search for some answers.  To be honest, I was surprised at how difficult some of them were to obtain.  However, with time and patience, I found answers and was pleasantly surprised by the competence of the bamboo toothbrush!

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Satisfied that the brush would be sufficient to aid me in my daily hygiene routine, I felt confident that I could make the switch.  Nonetheless, I continued to stall, as many do when facing some sort of change, and it was not until this past Christmas that I made the switch.  My wonderful family, who supports me in my eco-friendly endeavors, gave me a beautiful set of four bamboo toothbrushes.  I couldn’t have been more excited!  With the brushes in hand, at last I made the switch.  Now, having used the brushes for a little over a month, I am pleased to report my experience:

  • The texture of the brush handle is different, but easily adjusted to
  • The brush is medium/hard bristled, but not damaging
  • My teeth are cleaned effectively
  • The handle has not given me any splinters


My Brand of Choice

My current brand of choice is Mother’s Vault, and I have been very satisfied with the quality of the brushes.  The bristles of the brush are BPA-free and the natural appearance of the bamboo is very aesthetically pleasing.  One of my favorite things about this brand is that even the packaging is biodegradable, making it a guilt-free purchase.  And as if all of this weren’t enough, a portion of the proceeds are donated to charity!

In Conclusion…

I am very pleased with my transition and experience with bamboo toothbrushes.  I have every intention of continuing to use them in the future, and I am overjoyed by the fact that I will no longer be contributing to the massive environmental waste that plastic toothbrushes contribute to every year.



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