Pros and Cons of
The only real disadvantage is not with the bamboo toothbrush itself, but with its manufacturers. Dr. D'Amico highly recommends doing your research thoroughly before you purchase.
For example, some companies put their biodegradable bamboo toothbrush in non-biodegradable packaging. Kind of defeats the purpose you know.
99% of the companies out there advertise Nylon-4 bristles, which can, under the right circumstances, biodegrade in as little as 4 months.. Unfortunately, only a handful of companies in the world actually do, the vast majority all use nylon-6 or worse.. There is no such thing as biodegradable brightly colored florescent bristles!
Not all bamboo harvesting methods are equal. If done correctly, bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth by far!.. It requires no pesticides or fertilizers, the plant doesn't die from being harvested, removes more carbon from our atmosphere than hardwoods and replenishes soil rather than destroying it like most farming does.. When old arid farmland is converted to sustainable bamboo cultivation, it benefits everyone and everything in the area. Unfortunately, many company source their bamboo from destroying rain forests, use child labor, chemicals and animals to do the heavy work..
Pros & Cons for Dr. D'Amico's Bamboo Toothbrush
Long before modern plastic toothbrushes and toothpaste were developed, people would use cloth, salt, neem sticks, charcoal or chalk to clean their teeth. Since then, toothbrush technology has come a long way. With all technology though, it begins with good intentions and more times than not, ends in unforeseen negative results, such as plastic pollution and harmful chemicals.
Bamboo and wooden toothbrushes have become popular around the world due to their organic nature and biodegradability. Just as or more effective than plastic & electric, a bamboo toothbrush has a solid bamboo handle and some form of nylon or pig hair bristles.
The most obvious advantage to any bamboo or wooden product over plastic is the biodegradability and the reduction of plastic waste. Plastic TOOTHBRUSHES ARE NOT RECYCLABLE, they contain several composite petroleum based nylon and plastic materials that cannot be separated by current recycling technology.
Over 4 billion plastic toothbrushes end up in landfills or oceans every year. There is actually the same amount of plastic waste in our oceans from plastic bags as toothbrushes. You just don't hear about it as much because toothbrushes sink and eventually break down into microplastics which cause all kinds of destruction from a microscopic level and up..
One huge advantage to bamboo specifically is its natural antimicrobial properties. This is why bamboo doesn't require pesticides or fungi treatment to grow. This is also the reason why cutting boards and many kitchen utensils are made from bamboo. Unlike plastic, properties inside bamboo naturally kill bacteria and prevent it from spreading. This is a natural defense it has developed over millions of years of evolution.
So, in short, bamboo is absolutely amazing and has the ability to seriously change our world.. Just do your research before purchasing. You may not be going as green as you thought.