Our Bamboo Tooth Brushes and other Bamboo Products are hand made from Moso Bamboo. Both the body of the brush and the case are made from 100% solid bamboo. Moso Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet and is perfectly safe to compost or even toss at any moment you wish. One very important feature our product has that most other brands do not, are the plant-based Charcoal Infused Bristles. While there are many Wooden & Bamboo Tooth Brushes on the market, some even with Activated Charcoal Bristles as well, most are still using nylon-6 or worse. Unfortunately, the only real 100% all organic & biodegradable bristles currently known to man are made from pig hair. For many reasons, we have decided to not take that path. We use a Plant-Based formula
Don't Fall for "The Myth Of Biodegradability" Detailed by the NY Times.
Although compostable and biodegradable are often used interchangeably, they do not mean the same thing. Biodegradable means that a product can break down without oxygen and turn into carbon dioxide, water and biomass within a reasonable amount of time.
However, any product—be it a plastic electronic or toxic battery—will eventually break down. Because the definition of biodegradable does not have a time limit placed on it, consumers can get easily confused, and companies can hide behind a vague transparency. It is assumed, however, that a biodegradable product takes way less time to break down than the maximum of 1000 years that it can take to break down some plastics (without recycling them, of course).
The ability of a product to be broken down by microbes and other biological factors is what makes it biodegradable. Other factors in bio-degradation include moisture and air. For a product to be considered “biodegradable,” it must be able to break down into organic matter at a rate similar to that of materials that occur naturally. Textiles and paper are biodegradable products, but petroleum-based plastics are not. The field of green chemistry revolves around creating only products that have minimal environmental impact, which includes creating materials that degrade quickly and safely in the environment. Bio-plastics are one product of green chemistry; these are plastics that are designed to biodegrade.
The Dangers of Using Non-Biodegradable Disposable Items:
Items made from Styrofoam and plastic wind up in landfills by the ton every year. These products take centuries to degrade and when they do, they can leave toxic residue behind. Food service enterprises were once notorious for producing much of that non-biodegradable waste. In recent years, many in the food service industry have switched to biodegradable products made from vegetable matter like corn and sugar cane. Since they are made with naturally-occurring materials, these products break down easily in the soil.
Some data sourced from: https://residentialwastesystems.com
Biodegradable Products and Landfills:
The cost of landfills is high. In addition to paying for the land itself, the expense of preparing the land is also factored into the overall cost of opening a new landfill. That cost eventually gets passed on to municipal budgets and to you, the taxpayer. Waste products that are not biodegradable simply sit in landfills and take up space, essentially wasting your money. To make matter worse, most landfills do not provide the ideal environment for bio-degradation.
Biodegradable products may not be able to break down if there is not enough moisture and air. As a result, some landfills are being injected with water and microbes to enhance bio-degradation. Diverting biodegradable waste from landfills by composting is another way to lower their cost and to make them more efficient. Composting provides the right amount of moisture and air to ensure that biodegradable products break down quickly.
for our bristles made using castor-bean oil. Is this perfect? No, but it's the best available option with current science. As with everything, if consumers keep pushing for a 100% biodegradable product, and continue to purchase eco-friendly products from companies such as ours, more money ends up in the hands of eco-driven companies and ultimately larger budgets allocated to labs for developing better materials. It all starts with you, the consumer, corporations wont waste millions developing a product they don't think you will buy. Every brush counts! Until then, we strive to stay on top of all current technologies to deliver the most eco-friendly products possible! We even go so far as to offer a plant based dye for your color choice on the handle of the brush. It actually takes our manufacturing process an extra 3 days for that dye to dry, but we feel it's well worth every penny to make sure our handles stay officially 100%-Compostable.