Besides going through my waste on a regular basis, I do something else to see where I can improve on zero waste. I look at my daily routines. And the second thing I do in the morning (first is peeing haha) is brushing my teeth. With a fresh mouth I start off a fresh day!
If I have to follow my dentist’s advice, I’d have to buy a new toothbrush every three months. I don’t, I just look at it and when I think it’s done I get a new one. But let’s say I did. That’s 4 toothbrushes each year. Let’s say I get 100 years old (I’m a lucky person but the odds aren’t so small either). That’s 400 of dirty plastic toothbrushes I leave behind til eternity. Well, that’s not exactly the legacy I was hoping to leave behind. What I was hoping for, is a zero waste lifestyle. And so, the plastic toothbrush went out the door (after I used it up entirely of course). But I needed a replacement too, I can’t brush my teeth with my fingers after all.
Zero Waste Toothbrushes
I believe that the toothbrush is a very famous product in the zero waste scene. A bamboo brush! Bamboo is 100% compostable, plastic is not. Amazing, right? But bamboo has even more advantages. It has a long lifespan, is the fastest growing grass-sort and it can often replace wood (and so we won’t need to cut down value-able rainforest any longer, yay!). I bought one when I went shopping for day in The Hague, but these days you can buy them everywhere, online too. I myself buy Humble Brush each time, because for every one I buy, one Humble Brush (or any other type of dental care) is given to someone in need. A humble brush costs about 3,90 euros. The hairs are the only things that are non-compostable. They are made of plastic (since Humble Brushes are vegan), but they do not contain BPA. I cut those off after use and they go to landfill (I hope they will improve this one day too).
I have to be honest here. The first time I tried the humble brush, I did not like it at all. I even found it so dirty that I gave it up for a while. However, after a while I gave the Humble Brush another chance and I thought it was just fine. Maybe it was a dirty batch or something, I still don’t have a clue. Right now, I wouldn’t want to go back to plastic and I would recommend the Humble Brush to anyone (that’s why I am writing this today haha).
Along with my zero-waste toothpaste my whole toothbrush-routine is complete now!