” .. In your lifetime, you will use at least 300 toothbrushes, imagine the difference we can me if every one of us makes one simple swap! ..”
The extreme weather and natural disasters we are experiencing ever more frequently in these last years are the result of decades of unsustainable manufacturing practices of the everyday products that we consume. Faced with such catastrophes, we must stop and think about what we consume and make the changes necessary, whilst we are still in time!
Our consumption dictates what manufacturers produce, when they see that certain products are gaining preference over others, naturally they invest more resources in it. And that is the kind of power that consumers have, they can dictate what products they want companies to make. As consumers, each purchasing decision we make contributes to our future.
It’s time for us to be more mindful of what goes behind the finished product; the manufacturing, transportation, storage, and also what happens to the product at the end of its lifecycle. One small, but impactful change you can make is switching to a bamboo toothbrush. ‘But what difference will it make?’ one might ask, well let’s explore the benefits of using a bamboo toothbrush and how it can create a more sustainable future.
Reduce consumption of fossil fuels
Apart from being an unsustainable and finite energy source, the process of extracting and processing fossil fuels is no stranger to negative news; political turmoil, wars and ecological disasters resulting from the spillage of oil and gasses. By eliminating plastic from your bamboo, we are reducing the consumption of fossil fuels in various ways. Firstly, traditionally toothbrushes are made from petroleum-based plastics i.e made from fossil fuels, removing plastic from a toothbrush one directly reduces fossil fuel consumption. Secondly, manufacturing plastic toothbrushes is an energy-intensive process and currently, countries still generate most of their electricity by using fossil fuels. Therefore, by reducing plastic toothbrush manufacturing we would be contributing to lessening our dependence from it. Moreover, as Rebels with a Cause, we do not package our toothbrushes in plastic, thus further reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
Lowers Carbon footprint
Tying with the above, the fewer fossil fuels we consume, the less carbon dioxide we emit into the atmosphere. Carbon Dioxide, a greenhouse gas, is one of the main pollutants that contribute to global warming and climate change. The extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather we are experiencing, all trace back to CO2. Growing bamboo and manufacturing it into a toothbrush requires less energy when compared to plastic. This means that the carbon footprint of producing a bamboo toothbrush is much smaller than that of a plastic toothbrush. Furthermore, since bamboo grows so quickly, it can be replenished quickly, reducing the long-term impact on the environment.
Microplastic and Plastic Pollution
Most plastic toothbrushes are neither recyclable nor biodegradable. At best the only place they’ll end up in is a landfill in which they will take hundreds of years to break down into tiny plastic particles we call microplastic. More often than not, microplastic finds a way into the environment harming land creatures and marine life. Recently, we started to realize the gravity and seriousness that microplastic poses when traces of plastic were found inside fresh fish which were caught for consumption. In contrast, a bamboo toothbrush (with its bristles properly disposed of) is biodegradable and produces no plastic waste and no microplastic.
As we can see, the impact one has when switching to a bamboo toothbrush is not as small as you might think. You’re reducing global consumption of fossil fuels, reducing your carbon footprint and global CO2 emissions, and reducing plastic pollution and waste. Best of all, you are sending a message about the importance of sustainability and making the right choices.
In your lifetime, you will use at least 300 toothbrushes, imagine the difference we can me if every one of us makes one simple swap! Going back to our starting question, ‘Does one toothbrush make that much of a difference?’ Oh yes, it surely does!
Feeling motivated and want to start making a change? So, what are you waiting for? Make the switch today, choose from our Soft, Medium, or Hard bristled bamboo toothbrushes, and for the young change makers, we have kids’ toothbrushes too!