The bathroom is my biggest waste problem! Everyday we use many disposable items that after a one or few uses go directly into the trash bin. The toothbrush is one of these items! 450 Million toothbrushes are thrown away annually in the USA. A huge amount of plastic waste!
One alternative for plastic toothbrush is an environmental-friendly toothbrush e.g. made from bamboo. The team of BOGOBRUSH creates 100% biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes. Plus, everytime you buy one they send the same high quality brush to you and to someone in need, so both can enjoy a beautiful toothbrush every morning and every night.
A different approach is SWAK. For millennia many indigenous people have used the stranded wood of the Miswak bush, or “toothbrush tree” (salvadora persica L.) for their daily dental routines. The plant is found mainly in East Africa, the Middle East and India. It is not established as a modern dental care option due to difficulties of use. SWAK created an ergonomically optimized handle out of wood or 100 % biodegradable material. The “toothbrush wood” from the “toothbrush tree” is put into this handle and can now be used easily and efficiently and find its way into western culture.
The cool thing is that the “toothbrush wood” has curative and nurturing substances. So you only need water and you can get rid off the plastic packed toothpaste too!
My experience with it: a bit strange at the beginning but once you get used to it, its great! I dislike tooth deposit afer eating, so for me SWAK is a very practical tool to quickly clean your teeth if you are not at home!