Sustainable biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes from GreenPanda and other eco-friendly no-plastic toothbrush alternatives

While toothbrushes might appear like a minor concern in the list of modern lifestyle habits that negatively affect the planet, they are actually a HUGE issue for our environmental habitat. In the US alone around 1 billion plastic toothbrushes get thrown away every year (source) and about 50 billion pounds of used toothbrushes in the US end up in landfills (source). That’s a LOT of waste. Even worse, of the estimated 4.7 billion toothbrushes that get thrown away every year, a substantial amount ends up not only in landfills, but becomes a part of the vast amounts of waste in our oceans.

On a scale of 1-10 for environmental friendliness, I’d rate my former toothbrush habits at about a 2. I had been using a Phillips Sonicare electric toothbrush and regular plastic toothbrushes. The big plastic brushes are the WORST, and the Sonicare isn’t much better – they don’t even provide any info on whether their plastic heads can be recycled… In short, I really needed to make a change.

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