It is World Oral Health Day on Saturday, reminding us the risks of not brushing our teeth regularly.
While the importance of brushing is clear, can we choose more carefully what we do with our toothbrushes once we’ve worn through their bristles?
While recycling products we use every day is a simple way to help the environment, it’s occasionally a complicated process. Indeed, toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes are often a mix of materials that make them more of a challenge to recycle than you might expect.
What are toothbrushes made from?
Toothbrushes are difficult to recycle as they usually contain several types of plastic. Meanwhile, the nylon bristles – another form of plastic – and are not yet recyclable.
Manufacturers are exploring alternatives. Using bamboo for handles (see below) is growing in popularity, but compromising on a more environmentally-friendly bristles substitute is proving tricky.