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bamboo is a no-brainer: why it’s the best material for your sustainable toothbrush

bamboo is a no-brainer: why it’s the best material for your sustainable toothbrush

The bamboo toothbrush is taking the oral care world by storm. As more and more people hop on the bamboo bandwagon (hey, we’re right there with you), we’re taking a moment to explore exactly why bamboo is the chosen one.

From its antibacterial properties to its ability to grow at shocking speeds, there are so many reasons bamboo is the perfect material for a sustainable toothbrush. Not to mention, did you know that it's stronger than steel? Read on to discover some more surprising facts about bamboo....and how we created the best bamboo toothbrush for you.

bamboo is the fastest-growing plant in the world

What makes bamboo the best material for a sustainable toothbrush? Not only does it grow quickly, but it also grows in a way that promotes soil health and overall healthy ecosystems. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, some species of bamboo can grow up to 1.5 inches per hour (up to 20 feet in one week), making it the fastest-growing plant in the world. Unlike most trees, bamboo can reach its peak maturity within a single growing season of just 3-4 months.

Bamboo grows by channeling its energy to “root” expansion, allowing each stalk to grow at a rapid rate. These stalks do not rely on leaves to generate energy, as they can rely on the energy stored at the core of the stalk. On top of this, once you cut the bamboo stalk, it will simply regenerate without harming the original “mother” plant. In fact, cutting the stalk actually stimulates more growth. So it’s possible to continuously harvest the same stalk of bamboo without disrupting the ecosystem, compromising the soil health, or completely wiping out the forest. This is amazing news when it comes to creating a product that needs to be replaced every 2-3 months, like your bamboo toothbrush!

To take it a step further, bamboo can actually remove toxic substances from the soil, transform the substances into nutrients, and use those nutrients for self-growth. (Hmm, maybe bamboo is trying to teach us a life lesson too?) As you can see, these qualities make bamboo one of the most sustainable, regenerative, and practical materials to use for a product with a relatively short lifespan. No wonder it’s become the most popular material for a sustainable toothbrush!

bamboo efficiently removes carbon from the atmosphere

In addition to all the amazing things bamboo can do for soil health, it can also remove impressive amounts of carbon from the atmosphere (something our atmosphere desperately needs these days). In some cases, it can sequester carbon at 2-6 times faster than other trees. The other piece of good news? Bamboo can draw down carbon even better when it’s responsibly managed and rigorously harvested....another indication that responsibly harvesting bamboo (and using a bamboo toothbrush every single day) is actually good for the planet!

your bamboo toothbrush is antibacterial

Bamboo is known for its innate antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Because you’re likely replacing a (non-porous) conventional plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush, we understand you might want to be assured that the new natural material you’re using has the ability to fight (rather than absorb) bacteria.

Our bamboo toothbrush is coated with vegan wax to add a “buffer” between bacteria and the bamboo (and to give the toothbrush a soft, smooth mouthfeel). This further helps to repel bacteria from building up on your bamboo toothbrush. After each use, be sure to rinse your bamboo toothbrush and give it the space and time to dry. We don’t recommend storing it in a tight space or in a small cup where the residual water and bacteria can build up.

Just like any other toothbrush, we recommend changing out your bamboo toothbrush every 2-3 months....or even sooner if you’ve been sick or your brush has been exposed to contaminants.

your bamboo toothbrush is durable yet biodegradable

Bamboo is a very durable and resilient material, which is why it’s become the go-to for your sustainable toothbrush as well as cutlery, straws, and even housing construction. It has a tensile strength of 28,000 pounds per square inch, which might not mean much to you without us mentioning that steel has a tensile strength of 23,000 pounds per square inch. Needless to say, you don’t have to worry about your bamboo toothbrush “snapping” as you put pressure on it (but not too much pressure for the sake of your teeth and gums).

Although bamboo is extremely durable, it’s also biodegradable. Depending on your compost approach, your bamboo toothbrush can return to the soil in a matter of weeks. Speaking of composting, you have a few options when the time comes to dispose of your bamboo toothbrush. First, make sure you pull out the bristles with some pliers, then:

  • You can send your bamboo toothbrush to a commercial composting facility, where it’ll break down in just a few weeks. (This is our top recommendation.)
  • You can throw it in your at-home compost, where it’ll decompose in roughly 4-6 months.
  • You can plant it horizontally in your garden, where it should break down in about three years.
  • As a last-ditch effort, you can just throw the bamboo toothbrush in your garden. While we don’t recommend this method, it’ll eventually decompose in 5-10 years, which is much faster than the 1,000+ years it takes for plastic to decompose.

Once you get the hang of using and composting your bamboo toothbrush, you’ll see it’s the best sustainable toothbrush option out there.

what makes the Davids bamboo toothbrush different?

There are quite a few reasons we call ours the best bamboo toothbrush. First, the handle is made of 100% natural bamboo, and it’s coated in a smooth vegan wax for a gentle mouthfeel. It also uses soft, high-performance, BPA-free bristles that are derived from plant oil (specifically castor oil, which is known to be anti-inflammatory and antioxidant). This is an important note because many toothbrush bristles are made of plastic derived from petroleum oil which can introduce unnecessary toxins into your oral care routine.

Last but certainly not least, our bamboo toothbrush comes in FSC-certified sustainable packaging, meaning it’s harvested responsibly without contributing to deforestation. This packaging aligns beautifully with the bamboo toothbrush itself, championing healthy forests, soil, ecosystems, and agriculture practices around the world.

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