Bamboo toothbrushes, bamboo straws, bamboo hair brushes – we talk about bamboo quite often here at Beauty Binge, and we do so for a reason!
Not only are they a cleaner replacement for plastic tools, but they are also just as durable, and completely biodegradable if cared for and disposed of in the right way.
Bamboo has been referred to nowadays as the ‘green gold’, basically foregrounding its highly renewable and antibacterial properties, making it heaps better than your conventional plastic self-care tools. Here are some tips to ensure that your bamboo tools last longer along with a detailed guide on how to properly dispose of your bamboo toothbrushes.
Thoroughly rinse your bamboo tools with water before use.
We are so used to immediately using plastic toothbrushes straight out of their packaging, but we need to break this habit when it comes to bamboo tools. There might be some left-over bamboo dust on the toothbrush handles after manufacturing, but don’t worry, these are harmless. Just be sure to rinse them properly before use.
Air-dry your bamboo tools after it gets exposed to water.
Unlike plastic, bamboo is a natural material that retains its durability when kept in dry areas. It is best to avoid storing your toothbrushes and straws in closed containers that may collect water and trap in moisture. Placing them in an open-air holder is ideal, as the water will simply trickle down and dry before your next use.
Color might be fading? That’s natural!
Bamboo is a natural woody material that will fade over time. Does this mean it cannot be used anymore? Absolutely not. The top portion of your toothbrushes may begin to lighten and fade with use, but this will not affect your brushing experience at all!
“I’m better off with plastic toothbrushes as they last longer.” The truth is, with proper care, bamboo toothbrushes and other tools will last just as long as any conventional plastic toothbrush. Having said that, it is recommended by Dentists to replace your toothbrush every 3 months!
How to properly dispose of our bamboo toothbrushes:
Step 1: Once your bamboo toothbrush has reached the end of its life, use a clamp to remove the bio-based bristles at the head. You will notice metal staples that once held the bristles into the handle. Worry not! These staples are aluminum and will break down through chemical reactions in the environment.
Step 2: One the handle is bare, you can actually dispose of it in a commercial composting bin, or if you have the extra time, you can compost it in your own home. All you have to do is include them in your compost bin and watch it gradually break down after a few weeks.
Step 3: The outer box packaging is made out of paper and is 100% biodegradable. So you can find creative uses for them, or simply dispose of it in a green waste bin.
Swapping your plastic toothbrush with cleaner alternatives might be the easiest way you can initiate your conscious lifestyle. Shop for bamboo toothbrushes, straws, combs, and many more only at Beauty Binge.