Here are a few ideas for reusing your old bamboo toothbrushes:
Cleaning bathrooms and tile grout: Everyone knows just how difficult it can be to get to those hard to reach spots with a conventional sized scrub brush. Toothbrushes make the best scrubbers for small or difficult to reach areas, such as tile grout lines behind your toilet.
Our Bamboo Toothbrush handles and cases are all-natural & biodegradable. Unlike most other bamboo or wooden toothbrush brands, our bristles are made from a plant-based material which utilizes over 60% less plastic and the little amount of nylon-4 that it does still use can degrade within only a few months and leaves less, if any at all, toxins behind than the traditional other nylon materials. These bristles are recyclable if you remove them from the brush handle and sprinkle them inside a plastic bottle or other container you are already going to recycle. The bristles on their own are far too small to just throw in a recycling container and will easily get lost. For more information on the biodegradability of our products, visit our Biodegradable page.
Composting A Bamboo Toothbrush:
If you just throw a bamboo or wooden toothbrush into your garden or yard, it could possibly take up to 3+ years to fully disintegrate into nothing. (Depending on your climate and situation of course, dryer the climate the longer it could take). This is no different than any other tree branch or untreated chunk of wood that's left outside in the elements. Composting is designed to speed up the decomposition process quite a bit and it should take approximately only 4-6 months or so, much the same as any other yard waste material would require.
If you don't already compost or you think its too difficult, please take a look at the following information.
JESSI DEVENYNS POSTED AUGUST 6, 2019
Let's start by dispelling a crucial myth about compost: compost is not smelly! Truly, if you are properly tending your pile, you should have nothing but a deep, rich earthy smell wafting off of your compost. Besides having a pleasant smell, compost is one of the most valuable additions to any garden. With its high nutrient density, it helps alter the natural structure of your garden soil and convert it into something that friable and fertile.
And a little bit goes a long way! Any addition of the composting process to a garden will introduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium to make a balanced, pH neutral soil in which to plant. Plus, adding backyard composting to your garden helps with water retention, suppresses plant diseases, and promotes the health of animals within the environment.
For a quick refresher, compost is decayed organic material that becomes plant fertilizer. You can compost everything from eggshells to coffee grounds to food scraps that easily break down in the composting bin.
So now the question is, how do you find this magical finished compost? Well, the good news is that you can easily and cheaply make it yourself at home.
Namely, they are aesthetically more pleasing if you have nearby neighbors and they make it easier for you to contain your pile in one place. Perhaps the best argument in favor of using a bin, however, is that it helps prevent critters from rooting around in your compost materials while the bunch is still decomposing and tracking scraps all over your yard.
On the other hand, if none of this concerns you, you can opt for an "open" compost pile that is built directly on the ground. This method, although not beautiful, is dirt cheap (pun intended) and makes it easy to turn over your compost pile to monitor its progress.
Outside of a spot to store your compost you only need four things:
CARBON ORGANIC MATERIAL (BROWN MATERIALS)
NITROGEN ORGANIC MATERIAL (GREEN MATERIALS)
For compost, you need approximately an equal ratio of nitrogen to carbon to create a healthy mix. Everything from grass clippings to tea leaves to wood chips are excellent compost starters. Nature will help direct you as to whether or not you need more of either at any given time. You will just need to pay attention to how your garden beds respond to your composting materials.
Besides carbon and nitrogen, the only two other ingredients you need are water and oxygen. If you add these two essential ingredients in the right proportions, you can have an active compost pile that can be ready in as little as four weeks.
To guide you in your watering efforts, make sure that your compost pile doesn't get any wetter than a wrung-out sponge. If you are able to squeeze a little drip of water out of the compost at the center of your pile then you're right on track.
You'll know, however, if your pile gets too damp as it will begin to smell. To fix that, simply turn over your oxygen starved pile to aerate things and you'll be good to go.
MY COMPOST IS TOO WET
Compost can become soggy if you over water of add too much nitrogen. Thankfully, this is an easy fix. All you need to do is add some brown (carbon) and turn your pile to allow oxygen to circulate.
Once your pile is back to 40 percent moisture or about the dampness of a wrung-out sponge, you're good to go.
1. I HAVE POCKETS OF NITROGEN.
You'll know when you have a pocket of nitrogen when your compost begins to stink. Take a pitchfork and break up the clump and add in some extra carbon-rich material.
2. I ACCIDENTALLY THREW IN THE WRONG THING.
If you accidentally threw in an undesirable organic material like meat, fish, or grease, it's not the end of the world! Fish it out if you can. If you can't, cover it with brown material and turn it into the compost pile where it will break down.
My Old Brush
Your first decision after you've settled on the idea of making compost is to elect whether or not to use a fully enclosed compost bin for home composting. Although bins aren't necessary, they do have their upsides for collecting kitchen waste and yard waste.
Yes, it's as simple as that because compost is created from basic organic matter, which is essentially a composition of carbon and nitrogen. The key is simply to know how much of each to use. To start off, understand that "brown" means predominantly carbon and "green" indicates materials that are heavier in nitrogen.
Aside from using pig hair, which has its own set of issues, this is by far the cleanest technology known to man at this time for producing toothbrush bristles. As the tech grows, so shall we. For now, just know each time you reach for that new brush, you can feel good knowing it was the cleanest choice available, and you did your part for the future of our planet.
Clean kitchens: Definitely don't get your bathroom and kitchen cleaning brushes mixed up! .. Toothbrushes are ideal for cleaning in those hard to get to spots like baby bottles, strainers, grates etc.
Detail car or shoes: Remove mud, dirt, splattered bugs and more from your outdoor possessions. Nothing gets in those tight spots and treads like and old toothbrush.
Garden markers: The perfect way to separate out your seedlings. Simple write the name of your plants on the side and stick the brush down into the soil bristles first. Remember, unlike other companies, our bristles are plant based and do not necessarily need to be removed in order for the brush to be upcycled or repurposed.