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Monday, April 11, 2011

Thoughts on a toothbrush

by Francesca @ FuoriBorgo

spazzolino intercambiabile 2

Can you buy this kind of toothbrush in your country? In Italy, it's hard to find.

spazzolino intercambiabile

It's a simple, manual toothbrush. BUT, it comes with interchangeable little heads with bristles, that can be bought separately. When it's time to change your toothbrush, you just remove the old head and clip on a new one. Which means you keep the handle - the bulk of the toothbrush - for as long as the plastic lasts, and just toss out the head.



Many dentists advise changing toothbrushes every three months. That means 4 toothbrushes a year, per person. Which, in turn, means many, many 24 billion of toothbrushes thrown away each year, which work their way into landfills, or get burned in incinerators (and we breathe them).



Problems which would be drastically reduced, of all of us used a disposable toothbrush like this. So why is it so hard to find?

16 comments:

Frogdancer said...

No no no!!!!!

This toothbrush is FAR better!

http://environmentaltoothbrush.com.au/

We've been using them for around 6 months now. The feeling you get when you drop the used brush into the compost is so satisfying.

Joyful said...

Well one of the toothbrushes is plastic and I guess that is why Frogdancer says "no" but hers is made of bamboo. While I love bamboo I've read that it isn't really all the environmentally friendly product due to all the processing involved to break it down. In any case, I don't have access to either of these toothbrushes where I live. I use Oral B electric toothbrush and my first one lasted for many years. I'm on my second one. They have interchangeable heads but sadly they are plastic. I pretty much have to use these as it seems I brush far too hard and injure my gums and they had been wearing down.

glenda said...

I use this one:

http://www.radiustoothbrush.com

Annie said...

Bamboo is a problematic material when it's processed into rayon because it is broken down chemically before it's spun into synthetic threads. Those bamboo toothbrushes look like they're plain bamboo wood so no chemicals needed!

I use plastic toothbrushes made from recycled plastic which I then send back to the manufacturer for further recycling. I'd love a changeable head or compostable one.

dixiebelle said...

http://eatatdixiebelles.blogspot.com/2011/03/brush-your-teeth-green.html

JSchlesinger said...

This isn't earth-shattering, but I'd like to point out that my "traditional" smile shiners make the jump from cleaning my filthy mouth to cleaning my filthy bicycles. Perhaps we should strive to find a brush that 1. Meets our oral hygiene needs/preferences (that is the point of a brush, no?), 2. can serve multiple tours-of-duty, and 3. can be composted. Perhaps I will make the jump to a brush with a replaceable head in the future, but I'm not very impressed by the price of the brushes I've found or their ability to clean the crud off my bike. Here's another compostable option (made in USA, for whatever it's worth to you): http://www.dumoreinc.com/products.asp

Joyful said...

Thank you Annie. You pointed out something to me which should have been obvious (about the bamboo) (blush). Nonetheless I haven't seen any of these around town. I do like my electric one with the changeable heads. The brush takes relatively little electricity and lasts many years.

TeresaNoelleRoberts said...

Impressed by how inexpensive some of these are when ordered in quantity. The last time I looked for something more eco-friendly than the standard model, my frugal side screamed "No way!" to my green side.

Treasures Evermore said...

Very interesting...never heard of any of these kind of tooth brushes.

trashmaster46 said...

I decided to try out the Preserve 5 toothbrush subscription. I like the service and I like the idea of where the brushes come from, but I'm not crazy about the shape of the handle. It's kind of awkward for me to use.
http://www.preserveproducts.com/products/personalcare/toothbrush-subscription.html

Brooke said...

This is a good idea. I just bought the preserve toothbrushes for our family because they are recycled, and I send it back to the manufacturer for recycling. The cost getting the bamboo toothbrushes stops me from doing that. I agree the handle of the preserve brushes is strange, because of the angle, but we all really like it it gets the back teeth really well!

Rosa said...

I wish the various replaceable-bristle brush people would standardize - our coop (and their distributor) have switched two or three times since I started buying toothbrushes there, making my reusable handle non-reusable after a year or two.

nixwilliams said...

what a fantastic post and comments. i'm excited to see that the environmental toothbrushes work out to $3 each within australia - cheaper than buying them from the supermarket!

Sell WoW Accounts said...

Cool! interesting haven't seen this kind of toothbrush here.

Hopewell said...

Never seen such a thing.....interesting.

Anonymous said...

I bought a compostable toothbrush from LifeWithoutPlastic to try. It is made with sustainably harvested wood and sterilized pig hair bristles.My daughter said she'd NEVER use that and the cost was high... fair perhaps but not sustainable for a family of five.
Kika