Use biodegradable toothbrush

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Instead of buying and eventually throwing away plastic toothbrushes and toothpaste containers, why not use a sustainable option? It is really easy to do, and you may be able to save some money along the way. Oh, and you will also be helping the environment and the climate crisis in an easy step, as plastic production (from oil) and degradation both contribute to climate change.

There are many different varieties of biodegradable toothbrushes and toothpaste options available. Have fun with it and try something new. When we as consumers speak with our choices it shifts the market to more Earth-friendly options.

Tips

• Bamboo toothbrush handles come with a plastic brush attachment, generally, but are a good alternative to all-plastic options. Most of them can be thrown directly into compost. A quick search online will show some of the best biodegradable alternatives and brands. Read the reviews and get the one that suits you.

• As for the toothpaste, you can order toothpaste tablets that help you control your toothpaste usage and are zero-waste.

• For the ambitious, you can also use - even make - tooth powder. A quick internet search should set you on the right path. A really nice bonus to using toothpastes alternatives is that most of them have really simple ingredients, saving you from ingesting synthetic compounds.

• At a minimum, stop buying the small tubes a toothpaste and search out the gigantic ones. Even that helps reduce waste.

• To really go deep, check out the solutions to getting every last bit of toothpaste out of the tube. There are some creative ones and they will save you a couple of tubes a year. For instance, using scissors, you can cut down an empty tube to exposure the remainder of toothpaste; insert your toothbrush, and you have at least another 10 brushings.

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