Saturday, 18 June 2016

The 4.7 billion toothbrushes made each year last around 1000 years.

Did you know that there are around 4.7 billion toothbrushes made each year and each of these lasts indefinitely? Imagine in 100 years how many toothbrushes there will be on Earth, buried somewhere, or in the ocean.

I have signed up for the Plastic-Free July. It's still June, but I've started already.

I needed to replace some toothbrushes at home. Rather than buy more plastic disposable ones, I found these 100% biodegradable toothbrushes made from bamboo. When we're finished with them, we'll use them to clean our bikes and taps. After that we'll put them in the compost - fantastic!

Each little step collectively makes a difference.


  1. Hi Morag, I have just received my bentonite clay and will give making toothpaste a go (your recipe) I have been thinking about an alternative toothbrush as well, I found some at Biome.
    Have a splendid weekend.

    1. They should also be at good healthfood stores. I got mine at the Maleny Food Coop. I saw you can also buy a box online - 12 for $36 which seems like a really good price.

  2. Gasp - had never even considered toothbrushes (what was I thinking?). I do like bi carb to clean my teeth with

  3. I just use BiCarb Soda, Coconut Oil and peppermint oil for my toothpaste. Mix the BiCarb and Coconut oil to the consistency you want and add peppermint oil to taste. Sometimes I add a bit of Turmeric as well.

  4. After you have finished with them, you can snap the head off and use the handle as a plant label. You can write on them easily and they look cute.