Bamboo Toothbrushes and How To Dispose Them

Our goal at Salt Tribe is to help make more conscious decisions when purchasing, we can go out and collect plastic from the beaches and our seas but we also need to stop the use of plastic together, one step at a time. Buying a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush means one less plastic toothbrush in our landfills and seas. Plastic toothbrushes still need to be disposed of properly to even be permanently removed from our planet, but destroying plastic is still harmful for our environment. 


So this guide is going to teach you a little about our bamboo toothbrushes and how to dispose of them once you are finished with it. 


Bamboo Toothbrush (Handle)

Our bamboo toothbrushes are made from 100% natural bamboo. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. It can grow 3 feet in height in 24 hours under appropriate climate conditions. Unlike other woody plants, bamboo reaches maturity after only 3 to 5 years. Bamboo releases 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared to other plants.


Bamboo Toothbrush (Bristles)

Our bristles are made from Nylon-4 which is a biodegradable nylon. In activated sludge (sewage) or compost, Nylon-4 breaks down in about 3-4 months.


How to dispose of your bamboo toothbrush


Firstly, you will need to remove the bristles from the toothbrush head, this can be done two ways:

  1. Pull them out with pliers
  2. Break the toothbrush head off


Once the bristles are removed, these will need to be placed in activated sludge or compost to speed up the process.

Secondly, the toothbrush handle itself, our handles are 100% biodegradable, but to speed up the process of breaking down the bamboo toothbrush you can choose from one of these options: 


  1. An industrial composter could break your bamboo toothbrush down within a few weeks.
  2. A home composter could take around 4-6 months to break down your toothbrush completely. This process can be achieved in a much faster time frame if the toothbrush is broken down into smaller pieces.
  3. If you bury your toothbrush in soil this will take up to 3 years.
  4. Finally, if you did just dispose of it like every other toothbrush, this could take between 5-10 years which is still a lot faster than plastic which can take upwards of 400 years.


Got any further questions, or tips on how else to recycle a bamboo toothbrush or re-use please let us know.