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How to Dispose of a Bamboo Toothbrush in 3 Steps
(Zero Waste)

 

So, it’s been 3 months and your bamboo toothbrush is full of bacteria and worn-out? Here’s how to dispose of a Bam&Boo toothbrush in 3 steps without any waste: 

 

 

You already know our motto: Reduce waste and plastic. Go green. Go blue. We also care deeply for reusing and recycling.

So, let’s get you in the mood for some cool DIY eco-conscious steps to a proper disposal of your Bam&Boo toothbrush.

We remind you that our handle is made out of 100% biodegradable bamboo and the bristles are made from nylon 6 bpa free.

The different parts of your bamboo toothbrush can be disassembled. Are you all set to go?

 

Step 1 - Remove the toothbrush bristles

How to best remove the bamboo toothbrush bristles

How to best remove the bamboo toothbrush bristles:

  • Find a nice spot in the kitchen’s table, in a corner of the balcony or porch to carry out this task. Smile all along!
  • Get a pair of pliers or tweezers, a tray or a kitchen towel to better confine the removed bristles and avoid them spreading out;
  • Pull the bristles out of the head.
    TIP: Don’t try to pull too many in one go. We recommend making a slight rolling movement when pulling. Much easier, right?
  • When the removal is complete, you’ll end up with a lightweight pile.

How to recycle the bristles:

Be careful, don't throw them in the mixed recyclables bin

  • The bristles should go into a plastic recycling bin but not in the mixed recyclable bins.
    TIP: The bristles are too small for mixed recyclable bins and they will probably not get recycled.
  • Also, better than throwing the small bristles into the big plastic recycling bin we suggest reusing a plastic bottle (hey, don’t crinkle your face, it’s an ecobrick 😊 ) to keep all the plastic waste tight in one place ready to be correctly discarded.

 

    Step 2 – Dispose of the bamboo handle 

    How to compost a bamboo handle

    Now we want to make sure that your 100% biodegradable handle bristle-free breaks down naturally in the environment.

    How to compost a bamboo handle:

    • Dispose it in your local commercial composter, for a faster decomposition;
    • Put it in your home composting bin, if you have one (if you don’t have one, here’s the permaculture idea of how to create a hot compost 😉);
    • Throw it into your garden or fireplace, if you are lucky to have one;
    • Go for a stroll in your city park and stick it in the soil;
      TIP: Break the bamboo handle into small pieces with a hammer or saw before burying it in the soil. This will speed up decomposition.

    Time to fully compost bamboo:

    You should know that your bamboo handle can take either a few months or some years to biodegrade, because bamboo’s decomposition depends on several conditions: soil, temperature and atmosphere.

    Depending on the type of composting, the bamboo handle can take from 3 years to 4 months to compost.

    But we can guarantee you that it will get back to earth entirely. And you’ll feel your positive impact!

       

      Step 3 – Reuse or upcycle your bamboo toothbrush 

      Ideas to reuse or upcycle your bamboo toothbrush

      If you choose to give a second life to your bamboo toothbrush handle, this might as well be your Step 1. Because there are so many useful and cool things you can do.

      Ideas to reuse or upcycle your bamboo toothbrush:

      • Cleaning tricky spots, like corners, tiles, basins, etc;
      • Marking your herb garden, writing the name in the handle and sticking it in the soil;
      • Using the bristle-free handle creatively in arts and crafts with your children.

      Here are several ways to reuse a bamboo toothbrush. In the meantime, save this tip: boil your worn toothbrush in hot water to sterilize it and make sure you book it for its second life.

       SUBSCRIBE BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH

       

      Last but not the least…

      Just a quick reminder that all our packaging materials are biodegradable, such as envelope without plastic, carton without glue and the toothbrush kraft paperbag.

      So, basically your bamboo toothbrush’s recycling journey starts as soon as you receive your toothbrush subscription comfortably at your door. Awesome, don’t you think?

      Feel free to leave your comments below. We would love to hear your ideas and tips and join our community.

       

      We are happy to welcome our blog readers with a special offer - 30% off your first subscription order. Use code "BLOG30" at checkout.  :)

       

      Bam&Boo

      22 Responses

      Ines Cancela

      Ines Cancela

      September 12, 2020

      Great Post. Thanks for the tips and recommendations 💙🐼

      Nanette C Tanner

      Nanette C Tanner

      September 07, 2020

      Can you put the bristles inside a plastic bottle for recycling?

      Sharon Howie

      Sharon Howie

      August 31, 2020

      Hi

      After the delivery of my next toothbrush I would like to cancel my order so I receive no more orders, can you help? Thanks Sharon Howie

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      goodprizwomen.com

      August 14, 2020

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      Margaret Tranter

      Margaret Tranter

      July 25, 2020

      Great article. I hadn’t thought of some of these ideas. I definitely want to do the plant label one.

      Bam&Boo

      Bam&Boo

      January 06, 2020

      Hey Ally! Our delivery is made trough standard mail and it takes about 8-12 business days inside Europe! :)

      Ally

      Ally

      January 05, 2020

      How long is delivery

      Bam&Boo

      Bam&Boo

      November 28, 2019

      Hey Alicia, please send us an e-mail on info@thebamandboo.com and we will be happy to help you with that :)

      Bam&Boo

      Bam&Boo

      November 28, 2019

      Hello Raul, those are really relevant questions to ask! We invite you to read out blog post: https://thebamandboo.com/blogs/the-bam-boo-blog/we-plant-one-tree-per-day
      In collaboration with Plantar uma Árvore (Plant a Tree Association), we are planting a tree a day. Every time a customer orders from us, he is contributing to a initiative that seek to promote local biodiversity by restoring native forest. Regarding the toothbrush, it always depend on the user and its usage, however it is suppose to last you 3 months :)

      Alicia

      Alicia

      November 11, 2019

      Buenas tardes, me puede alguien decir como anular la suscripción mensual de los cepillos, cuando los compre no vi ninguna pestaña de suscripción mensual y la verdad es que somos 2 de familia y ya tengo 6 cepillas más que no voy a gastar en el mes. Por favor no puedo meterme en la página porque no reconoce mi correo y no puedo anular la suscripción. Alguien me puede ayudar. Gracias

      Raul

      Raul

      October 06, 2019

      In any case it is such a waste to send so many toothbrushes to everyone, how much CO2 are we wasting just to get it comfy at home? And does those toothbrushes really last 3 months to anyone? In less than a month mine is completely worn off. Unless I can get a 12 set in one go shipment for the next time, I am going to stop ordering them and look for local alternatives.

      Bam&Boo

      Bam&Boo

      September 25, 2019

      Hi Ana, instead of 3 you can choose either 1, 2, 3 or 4 months. You can choose it with your 1st subscription or you can ask us through chat or email to change it for you. :)

      Dora

      Dora

      July 10, 2019

      Hey Bam&Boo, can’t wait to receive my very first bamboo toothbrush and give it a try! Being an environmental engineer and fan of #plasticfree approaches I’m a potential fan of your products! 😎✌

      Ana

      Ana

      July 05, 2019

      I whant to order but i dont whant Evry 3 monts

      Diamantina

      Diamantina

      July 01, 2019

      You have fully converted me into a dedicated Bamboo toothbrush lover. I brush my teeth with gratitude knowing it’s contributing to the Earth’s healing process. Thank you ♡

      Valentina

      Valentina

      June 29, 2019

      Hey BAMBOO!
      This idea is amazing!
      I am so happy u exist. And all of your tips and videos are so helpful. Just made my mood and I will sleep happily!
      Thank you!
      I wish more people were like you to create such ideas and more people like us (your purchasers) so we can save our planet!

      Catarina

      Catarina

      June 23, 2019

      I wish you had toothbrushes for braces 🙁

      Fernando

      Fernando

      May 23, 2019

      Thanks Bam&Boo. Nice ideas and easy steps to help turn the world a little bit more green! :)

      Bam&Boo

      Bam&Boo

      May 23, 2019

      Hi Verna! Thanks for your question. :)
      We kindly ask you please to drop us an email to retail@thebamandboo.com
      Happy brushing!
      Bam&Boo

      Verna

      Verna

      May 19, 2019

      Hello!
      I would like to know if you can print on the toothbrush a logo of some company?
      I’m doing a natural/organic cosmetics including toothpaste and I’m interested of a friendly vegan toothbrush but with my logo on. Can you do that? Thank you in advance
      Verna

      Anonymous

      Anonymous

      May 16, 2019

      Wow, great article. I love my bamboo toothbrush :)

      Maria Moura

      Maria Moura

      May 04, 2019

      Great tips! I will definitely try your toothbrush now that I know how to reuse it. Thanks!

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