Let’s Do Little Things is an inspiring blog where Chiara from Germany documents the steps she takes towards a more sustainable life. This week she shares with us her plastic-free tooth care solutions.
Finally, I have taken another step towards a plasticfree bathroom and purchased a bamboo toothbrush and made my own toothpaste.
But why choose a wooden toothbrush when plastic ones are so much cheaper and easier to purchase? I know, reading a blog called “Plastic-free Tuesday”, you might already have a clou about why plastic is bad for us and our environment. Nevertheless, let me explain why we all should consider buying and using wooden toothbrushes.
Firstly: They are always biodegradable and do not produce any waste. Secondly: Using a plastic toothbrush means letting substances like BPA plasticizers into your body. Those substances are suspected of several health effects like causing breast cancer, infertility and so on. We don’t want that!
I had searched for a reasonable possibility to purchase wooden toothbrushes for a long time until I found an offer for 12 bamboo toothbrushes on Amazon. The brand is called “pourmoi” and they sell 12 fully biodegradable toothbrushes for € 39,95. And the best thing above all: The toothbrushes are packed in no plastic! Imagine how happy I was.
So how does it feel to brush your teeth with a wooden toothbrush?
It feels good! Even better than with a plastic one I think. The bamboo toothbrush is smooth and dries very fast – I loved it from the start! And once you need a new one, you can compost the old one, or use it to give your plants some stability and just put it in a flower pot, for example.
But as I also wanted an alternative to toothpaste out of plastic tubes (even metal tubes do always have a plastic coating on the inside), I searched for simple recipes to make my own toothpaste. So I stumbled over xylitol. Xylitol is a tooth-friendly, diabetic sweetener (such as stevia for example) and it is known for its antibacterial and anti-caries effect. You find Xylitol in every health food store. I took a little screw-top jar filled in some xylitol and added some essential oil for the peppermint taste.
In order to brush my teeth, I put a small amount of this “toothpaste” in my hand and dip my tootbrush into it – here we go! Those of you who are already used to bio-toothpaste will not feel any diference. The toothpaste frothes a bit but not as conventional toothpastes do. After all I’m very happy to be brushing my teeth without plastic and I find it quite esthetic.
Did you already try plastic-free toothbrushing? How did you find it?