At Bare Brush, our philosophy is all about getting back to nature. Our aim is to reduce society’s environmental footprint through the very simple act of offering natural toothbrushes and toothpaste.
We do so in the knowledge small habits, enacted over time add up to make a very real difference. With that in mind, here’s an insight into one of our products that is helping reduce landfill and plastic consumption.
It’s the bamboo toothbrush, and here’s how it helps…
Each year 30 million toothbrushes go to landfill in Australia alone, contributing 1000 tonnes of waste. In the US 1 billion plastic toothbrushes are discarded annually.
Most people brush their teeth twice daily, with the average plastic toothbrush having a useable lifespan of two to three months.
Long after its useable lifespan ends, that plastic toothbrush remains in the environment. The World Wildlife Fund notes plastic toothbrushes have an estimated 500 year lifecycle, meaning centuries after we’ve left this earth the tiny implement used to clean our teeth remains, littering the environment for generations to come.
The fact is humans haven’t always relied on plastic to clean our teeth. Up until the turn of the 20th century in most parts of the world a simple cleaning stick or wooden toothbrush was the go-to choice.
But in the last 60-70 years we have witnessed an increasing reliance on plastic, and the impacts are only just starting to be felt.
It doesn’t have to be this way, and it starts by getting back to bare basics.
Let’s talk bamboo
Technically a grass, bamboos are some of the fastest growing plants in the world. Readily grown throughout South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia, they are used for building materials, as a food source, and as a versatile raw product.
Bamboo has a higher specific compressive strength than wood, brick or concrete, and a specific tensile strength that rivals steel.
It’s also readily replenished, biodegradable and in abundant supply, making it the perfect material to turn to when it comes to a disposable household implement like the toothbrush.
Our bamboo toothbrush
When it came to utilising bamboo for our Bare Brush bamboo toothbrushes, we searched far and wide for a sustainable option that would meet our stringent criteria.
In the end we decided on a toothbrush handle made of MOSO (Phyllostachys edulis) bamboo which is 100% biodegradable and sustainably sourced.
The toothbrush is designed in Sydney, then safely and conscientiously harvested from the bamboo-rich mountain regions of China. It’s also carefully monitored and quality-checked.
The Bare Brush bamboo toothbrush is used in exactly the same way as a conventional toothbrush. Dentists recommend you change your toothbrush every two to three months or when it starts to show signs of wear.
We’ve tested the Bare Brush and it more than meets that recommendation, with the toothbrush handling six months of continued use.
Our philosophy of environmental care extends right through to our packaging. After all what’s the use of having a natural toothbrush wrapped in unnecessary plastic?
All our packaging is made from 100% biodegradable material.
Since the Bare Brush is not made of plastic, there are a few simple things to keep in mind. Any long-term wetness will definitely shorten the life of your brush, so please don’t let your toothbrush sit in water. And brush gently…in the interests of your teeth, gums and the brush!
About Bare Brush
At Bare Brush we have a range of natural toothbrushes and toothpaste offering minimal environmental impact. We also feature chew sticks from the Salvadora Persica Tree. Our aim is to offer the best available oral hygiene tools, while also minimising our environmental footprint. It’s the best of toothbrush history combined in one convenient place.