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Your new Eco-friendly Esbamboo toothbrush has arrived in the post so now is the time to say goodbye to the one you have been using these past months. What is the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of a bamboo toothbrush? Because the handle is 100% bamboo it is 100% biodegradable. Great news for the planet!
Although Esbamboo bristles are recyclable, they are the only part of our bamboo toothbrushes which are not biodegradable. We are still working on a durable, sustainable plant based alternative, so our toothbrushes are completely plastic-free but, in the meantime, we like to think that 1 gram of plastic is much better than an entire plastic toothbrush.
So, we need to remove the bristles from the bamboo handle and dispose of them in the most environmentally friendly manner. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Pull the bristles out of the handle. This is very simple to do. Take a pair of pliers and gently pull the bristles out. Our advice is to not pull out too many bristles in one go, but approximately a third at a time. This only takes a minute to do.
  2. Snap the head of the bamboo toothbrush off and recycle the head and bristles. The handle can then be composted safely.

Because the bristles are recyclable, you can put them with your usual plastic recycling ready for the next collection. As the bristles are small, we recommend that you collect them in a small recyclable plastic bottle/container before putting them in the recycling bin.

Because the handle of your bamboo toothbrush is 100% biodegradable, it can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way:

  1. You can put it in your bio-waste bin. It will then be taken to an industrial composter which are much hotter and more active than a home composter so it can break down a bamboo toothbrush handle in approximately 3 weeks.
  2. You can put your bamboo toothbrush handle in your home composter. It takes approximately 4-6 months to compost (depending on conditions). We recommend breaking the handle up into smaller pieces with a hammer or saw in order to speed up the composting process. Learn More
  3. You can bury your bamboo toothbrush handle in your garden – again, breaking it up into smaller pieces will aid the composting process. This will take approximately 5-6 years to break down.
  4. Even if you throw your toothbrush handle into your normal household rubbish bin and it ends up in a landfill, you will know that it will still biodegrade in a few years.
  5. If you are lucky enough to have an open fire, you can throw your toothbrush handle (without bristles) in there, knowing it will burn and not harm the environment.

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