You couldn’t have guessed that, your humble plastic toothbrush which you have been using since your childhood can be an environmental culprit. We have been told that dental hygiene and care is utmost important and brushing your teeth twice daily is essential.
While dentists across the world recommend a new toothbrush every 3 months. So that’s about 300 toothbrushes during our lifetime and just imagine 6.8 billion people wedged in this vicious cycle while each plastic toothbrush taking 400 years to decompose - Now that’s alarming !
From manufacturing unit to the landfills, it leaves a considerable amount of toxic footprint and is killing our planet.
Made from a mix of plastic material derived from crude oil and rubber produces harmful plastic by-products that releases harmful chemicals into the air.
A large amount of these plastic toothbrushes end up in landfills and ocean. With time they breakdown into smaller pieces and wash up on to the shores. A research found that 693 species had been documented as having encountered plastic debris, with nearly 400 involving entanglement and ingestion. Between entanglement, ingestion and ecosystem damage, the threat of plastic pollution impacts marine species both large and small.
These toothbrush isn't only bad for the planet, it's bad for you too. A huge amount of microplastics have contaminated sea salt around the world and are finding their way into the food chain via the salt in our diet.
Your tooth brush also contains a good amount of phthalates and have been linked to diseases like asthma, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, breast cancer, obesity and type II diabetes, low IQ, neurodevelopmental issues, behavioral issues, autism spectrum disorders, altered reproductive development and male fertility issues.
So the next time you buy that plastic toothbrush for your family, consider the amount of health hazards you are exposing them to. Make a wise choice for a better future of your family and this planet. Choose sustainable alternatives like bamboo toothbrush and remember your action counts !