The need for waste management: why it is essential to switch to eco-friendly toothbrushes

Plastic use is so rampant these days owing to how cheap, versatile, and durable it is, completely disregarding the fact that single-use plastic is the highest contributor to plastic pollution. The amount of plastic that is washed away into the ocean is alarming. Current statistics show that at least 8 million pieces of plastic are washed into the ocean every single day weighing 269,000 tons.
These plastics washed into the water threaten marine life exclusively. For fish, dolphins, seagulls, and seals, and other creatures it can be life-threatening as a lot of this plastic gets broken down into smaller pieces and they may suffocate in it, or choke on it as they mistake it for food.
In the name of convenience, we have garnered a very disposable lifestyle over the years which in turn hike our use of single-use plastic at staggering rates. 50% of plastic is just used once and discarded. These single-use plastic items are eventually washed away into the major water bodies dumped into landfills, where they sit for years and years as they take anywhere from 400 to 1000 years to decompose.
Plastic toothbrushes are a silent contributor to those statistics, as the handles for the toothbrush are made out of polypropylene and the bristles are made out of nylon, both of which are harmful non-biodegradable entities sourced from non-renewable fossil fuels.
I get what you are thinking right now, why don’t we just organize mass incineration for the single-use plastic rather than have them occupy landfills indefinitely or dumping them in the ocean. Plastic gives out odious chemicals and gases that are released into the atmosphere contributing to air pollution.
So evidently the only thing we can do right now that directly helps reduce our massive carbon footprint is reduced and refuses. Reduce and refuse the use of single-use plastic in its entirety and find other ethical alternatives and make a valiant effort to incorporate them into our daily routine.
Starting with our toothbrushes, a single individual swaps out their toothbrush for a new one every three months and while 4 toothbrushes a year sounds like a small amount, the number increases significantly when you multiply it with the human population across the planet. Now, approximately 28 billion toothbrushes sound like a lot, doesn’t it? While we cannot do away with brushing our teeth entirely, we sure can keep up our oral hygiene using an eco-friendly toothbrush as an alternative.
One efficient alternative to plastic and electric toothbrush are bamboo toothbrushes. Toothbrushes made from bamboo are almost completely biodegradable (apart from the bristles). Also, new bamboo toothbrushes are developed where the bristles are made from 62% castor bean oil and while they may not be biodegradable, they are bio-based and contain less petroleum-based plastic comparatively.
Healthy gums, healthy environment. Bamboo brushes are not only good for your oral health but also simultaneously decrease the amount of plastic waste and help you take a step towards reducing your carbon footprint. The switch from a plastic toothbrush to an eco-friendly toothbrush is small and may seem insignificant at first, but trust me. It makes all the difference in the long run.

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