Why is it greener than bamboo toothbrushes?
Are bamboo toothbrushes eco-friendly toothbrushes?
The craze for bamboo continues to grow and many people choose this type of toothbrushes thinking they are 100% compostable. Here is some information designed to restore the truth on this subject so that we can make an informed choice! It is not a question of pilloriing bamboo but of pointing out the false marketing arguments that mislead many consumers.
Are bamboo toothbrushes really 100% compostable?
No. Only the handle of a toothbrush is potentially compostable.
The vast majority of sites and brands offering bamboo brushes present it as a 100% compostable object. Unfortunately, this is only a marketing argument. Nylon hairs are not compostable and are often secured by metal rings that are not compostable either. Hair can also be glued by a chemical glue that is no more biodegradable. The upper part of the handle must be cut to compost.
Are the hairs of some bamboo brushes really biodegradable nylon?
No. Today, there is no biodegradable nylon.
Are some bamboo toothbrushes really Made in France?
No. Today, there is no manufacture of bamboo toothbrushes on French soil. This is also true in Quebec and Canada.
ALL bamboo brushes come from Asia – extremely important carbon footprint. Some brands in France (and Quebec)have an engraving or logo, but these are by no means products made in France (or Quebec).
Bamboo brushes are therefore an alternative like any other but are not THE sustainable solution that brands promise. They remain disposable objects. At Caliquo, we offer products that are not destined to be discarded, but are designed to last.
Another important piece of information that is often not mentioned is that bamboo composts very poorly and very slowly. It sometimes biodegrades more slowly than some bioplastics. If, however, you are using products of this type, remember to cut the handle into very fine pieces before putting it in your composter.
Many of you are looking for biodegradable and vegan products, but you often have to know how to unravel the real from the fake before rushing because the organic market is currently a real Eldorado and some marketing practices, under the guise of zero waste, are sometimes dubious.
From our point of view, bamboo toothbrushes are a bad alternative to disposable plastic toothbrushes because instead of throwing plastic you throw bamboo sleeves from China.
Unfortunately, the 100% biodegradable toothbrush does not currently exist. The best alternative is the eco-friendly and rechargeable toothbrush made in France Caliquo!
Source: Caliquo website (Published May 1, 2019). To view the full article, as well as references, visit caliquo’s website.