Plastic Free July - Day 11: Get a biodegradable toothbrush

What in the heck does it mean to be a biodegradable toothbrush?

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Like everything else, it means that it’s made of natural materials that came from the earth, not manufacturer by humans. Therefore, it will eventually degrade back to the earth instead of sitting in a landfill for thousands of years, or worse - floating in the ocean making our marine life sick.

You also want to be careful when looking at brands that claim to be compostable and/or biodegradable because I’m seeing so many that make this claim but their bristles are nylon!

Remember, we are supposed to swap toothbrushes every 3 months - that means if you stick to the typical plastic, you alone are putting 4 toothbrushes into the landfill every year.


There is Preserve, who uses recycled plastic and accepts the toothbrushes back to recycle. But remember your R’s: Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Repurpose, and finally - Recycle. Recycle is the last thing you should do if there are no other alternatives. Luckily, there are, so sorry Preserve, I choose to Reduce over Recycle in this case.

This is something I only just switched to and I’m still working through brands as I just went to Whole Foods to start and bought the bamboo toothbrush they had there. I don’t love how big the brush is in my small mouth, so I am looking for something with better proportions for me. But natural wood toothbrushes are everywhere these days, so look and you will find! I’d love to hear from you what is working well for you.