Introduction – traditional plastic toothbrushes vs bamboo
As far as we know, 99% of us have used plastic toothbrushes, whether manual or electric. Plastic toothbrush heads are derived from petroleum, and so are part of the fossil fuel lifecycle that sees the extraction of carbons from below the ground, to their eventual deposition in a landfill. From the landfill, they start a slow process of decomposing into carbon dioxide equivalent waste products that end up in the air.
Why Bamboo and What Is A Bamboo Electric Toothbrush?
The reason for using bamboo as a substitute, rather than wood or other “natural” plant derived product, is because of special qualities of bamboo. Bamboo is a grass, which after harvesting, recovers quickly by regrowing from the roots left behind. In contrast, trees harvested for wood bounce back much more slowly if at all. In many parts of the world, bamboo is even considered a nuisance. When bamboo regrows, its recapturing carbon from the air and fixing it into a solid product. This is very different from the net addition of carbon into the air when extracting it out of petroleum. Bamboo therefore is much closer to a “closed-cycle” of carbon flowing from plant to product, to landfill and decomposing to air, and back into the plant.
For further validation, look to FSC certification
Any resource, whether wood or bamboo, harvested from forests, has the potential to be certified as being sustainably managed by the FSC. The FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council, and is a non-profit organization developed specifically for the markets. After all, its in the interests of producers of forest derived products to gain the confidence of consumers, and self-police their sourcing in a way thats sustainable for their own industry. The FSC maintains an FSC certification standard so as to make it easier for consumers to understand what they’re buying.
Why Use Bamboo Electric Toothbrush?
Bamboo electric toothbrushes offer all of the same benefits as bamboo manual toothbrushes. When it comes to choosing the right toothbrush, there are many factors to consider. Here are some of the benefits of using a bamboo electric toothbrush:
1. Bamboo is a sustainable and renewable resource. Unlike plastic, which takes hundreds of years to break down, bamboo is biodegradable and quickly replenishes itself.
2. Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial, meaning it resists bacteria growth. This makes it a safer and more hygienic choice than traditional toothbrushes, which can harbor harmful bacteria.
3. Bamboo electric toothbrushes are gentle on teeth and gums. The soft bristles provide a thorough clean without causing irritation or damage to the delicate gum tissue.
4. Bamboo toothbrushes are lightweight and comfortable to use. The sleek design is easy to hold and maneuver around the mouth.
5. Bamboo electric toothbrushes are powered by AAA batteries, making them environmentally friendly and cost-efficient to operate.
6. The sleek and modern design of bamboo electric toothbrushes makes them aesthetically pleasing and stylish bathroom accessories.
7. Bamboo electric toothbrushes come with ergonomic handles that fit comfortably in the hand for a precise and comfortable grip.
8. Most bamboo electric toothbrushes come with a travel case, making them easy to take on the go for fresh and clean teeth no matter where you are.
Here Are 7 Unique Bamboo Electric Toothbrush Heads
Before we start we’ll note here that of the 7 we list below, 6 of them are supposed to be compatible with Phillips Sonicare. For those who don’t know, Phillips and Oral-B are among the top brands for electric toothbrushes and its well known that the Phillips brush head is a conventional oblong shape like a normal toothbrush head whereas the Oral-B is a tiny circular brush head that looks unusually small compared to regular manual toothbrushes. It could be that the more normal oblong shape lends itself to non-Phillips companies purporting that they’re able to make “compatible” brushes. This is really speculation on our part without knowledge of the engineering that went into these products and an understanding of the mechanics of brushing human teeth.
Check out these seven eco friendly electric toothbrush heads on the market today:
1. The Humble Co. Charcoal Electric Toothbrush Heads
The Humble Co. is on a mission to make sustainable oral care products that are good for both people and the planet. Their charcoal-infused toothbrush heads are made with 100% recyclable nylon. It looks like the toothbrush head is designed to fit specifically the Phillips Sonicare Electric Toothbrush. The charcoal bristles work to absorb plaque and bacteria, providing a deep clean without harsh chemicals.
In addition, Humble Co.’s toothbrush heads come with a satisfaction guarantee, so you can be sure you’re getting a quality product. For every purchase of their toothbrush heads, the Humble Co. also donates one toothbrush head to a child in need through their partnership with GlobalGiving. So not only are you getting a great product, but you’re also helping to make a difference in the lives of others.
2. PURE EARTH Essentials Biodegradable Eco Electric Toothbrush Heads
This is a toothbrush head made with natural charcoal-infused bristles that are gentle on teeth and gums. The biodegradable toothbrush head is also eco-friendly and safe for the environment. The replacement heads are supposed to fit Phillips Sonicare brand. It’s interesting that
The PURE EARTH Essentials Biodegradable Eco Electric Toothbrush Heads are infused with natural charcoal that helps to remove plaque and bacteria from teeth. The toothbrush head is also soft on gums and helps to prevent gum inflammation. The toothbrush head is also easy to clean and is dishwasher safe.
3. Isshah Bamboo Replacement Toothbrush Heads
Isshah Bamboo Replacement Toothbrush Heads are made with bamboo, a sustainable and eco-friendly material. In addition, the bristles are set at a 45-degree angle to reach deep into the crevices of the teeth.
The toothbrush heads are also compatible with Sonicare electric toothbrush models. For best results, it is recommended that the toothbrush heads be replaced every three months. With Isshah Bamboo Replacement Toothbrush Heads, you can have confidence in knowing that you are using a product that is good for your teeth and good for the environment.
4. Innovative Life Company Bamboo Electric Toothbrush Heads
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of a clean mouth, and with Innovative Life Company’s bamboo electric toothbrush heads, you can enjoy that feeling every day. These toothbrush heads are made from environmentally-friendly bamboo, and they’re designed to fit Phillips Sonicare brand.
The bristles are soft and gentle, making them ideal for sensitive teeth and gums. And because they’re made from bamboo, they’re also biodegradable. So when you’re done with them, you can simply compost them. Plus, the bamboo gives the toothbrush heads a unique look that will add a touch of style to your bathroom.
5. Clean Eco Friendly Sonicare Heads
These toothbrush heads are made with recycled plastic and are 100% recyclable. The bristles are made from nylon, which is a renewable resource. The Sonicare heads have curved bristles that adjust to the contours of your teeth for a thorough clean. They also have an angled neck that helps to reach those hard-to-reach places in your mouth.
The Philips Sonicare e-Series Standard toothbrush heads are available in three different sizes: standard, compact, and ultra-compact. They also come in two different colors: white and black. Choose the size and color that best suits your needs.
6. booheads Bamboo Electric Toothbrush Heads
These toothbrush heads are made with soft, nylon bristles and have a unique design that helps to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums. The bamboo handle is also eco-friendly and biodegradable. In addition, the booheads Bamboo Electric Toothbrush Heads are compatible with Sonicare and Ordo Sonic brand, making them a convenient option for those who are looking for an upgrade.
7. Eco Friendly Replacement Toothbrush Heads by Envirodental Compatible
Envirodental Compatible’s eco-friendly replacement toothbrush heads are the perfect solution for those looking for an environmentally responsible option. These toothbrush heads are made from biodegradable PLA plastic and have charcoal bristles that are gentle on teeth and gums. They are also compatible with a wide range of electric toothbrushes, making them a convenient and affordable option for those looking to switch to an eco-friendly lifestyle. Upon closer inspection we don’t see that the material is PLA plastic which might be biodegradable and certainly don’t see that these are made of bamboo either.
Bamboo electric toothbrush heads are a popular choice for many reasons. They are environmentally friendly, durable, and easy to find. However, bamboo electric toothbrush heads also have some drawbacks. They can be more difficult to clean than other types of toothbrush heads, and they may not last as long. Overall, bamboo electric toothbrush heads are a good choice for those who are looking for an eco-friendly option. However, they may not be the best choice for everyone.