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6. Choose bamboo for your next toothbrush purchase.
One of the easiest swaps you can make as you transition into zero waste is switching to a bamboo toothbrush. Why? Because this requires absolutely no change to your daily routine, and it’s not necessarily going to cost any more money! This set of toothbrushes on Amazon averages out to $1.60 per toothbrush, which is comparable in price to a set of 4 Colgate plastic toothbrushes bought at Walmart. It’s a solitary exchange that’s just as good for your teeth and better for the environment. Literally the only thinking involved is purchasing the toothbrush, and then you’ll use that piece of bamboo just like any other toothbrush you’ve ever owned. Just brush.
Pro Tip: If you’re feeling especially ambitious, you can swap out your dental floss at the same time! Here is a plastic-free alternative: biodegradable natural silk floss in a tiny reusable glass bottle.
Lifestyle Benefit: Something about the natural bamboo on your bathroom counter looks SO much cleaner and Instagram-worthy than a blue and purple plastic stick. I’m probably beginning to sound like a broken record on these tips, but switching to zero waste products just looks so much classier!
Earth Benefit: According to this National Geographic article, “A billion toothbrushes will be thrown away in the U.S. this year, most of them plastic.” That’s a lot of unrecyclable plastic! The great thing about bamboo toothbrushes is that they can be composted except for the bristles!