This #BluTipTuesday, we have something to smile about:

Bamboo toothbrushes.

Think how many plastic toothbrushes the planet goes through each year. At least 14 billion plastic handles, into our oceans.

While a plastic toothbrush will release toxic chemicals as it decays at an extremely so rate, a bamboo toothbrush will naturally decompose after it’s been disposed of.

Bamboo is organically grown, sustainable, and bio-degradable. It’s the primary food of the giant panda of China, the red panda of Nepal, and the bamboo lemurs of Madagascar. Mountain gorillas of Central Africa also feed on bamboo, as do chimpanzees and elephants.

Why Bamboo?

Toothbrushes aren’t the only things made of bamboo. Many cultures use bamboo to make chopsticks as well as other eating and cooking utensils. In India, people used to make pens from thin bamboo sticks by peeling one side, making a nib at the end, and dipping it in ink.

  • Bamboo fiber has been used in China to make paper since ancient times. A high-quality, handmade paper is still produced in small quantities.
  • While biodegradable, bamboo is also strong! In China and India, bamboo was used to hold up simple suspension bridges. One bridge in Qian-Xian dates back to 960 AD and may have been standing since the third century BC.
  • In the Philippines, the nipa hut is a type of housing where bamboo is used; in the U.S. and France, there are houses made entirely of bamboo, which are earthquake- and cyclone-resistant.
  • Chinese bamboo furniture has been a distinct style for thousands of years and is also used for floors because of its hardness and natural look.
  • Due to its flexibility, bamboo is used to make fishing rods, especially for fly fishing. There are also bamboo bicycles, surfboards, snowboards, and skateboards.

As for bamboo toothbrushes, some are 100% plant-based: bristles, handle, wrapper, and box. Not to mention they look super cool.

Join us as we make the switch to bamboo!