Is it colorful?
Does it have an easy-to-grip handle?
A tongue and cheek cleaner?
Fancy circular bristles that clean even “the inaccessible spaces between the teeth?”
Or even better, charcoal bristles?
Maybe it’s electric and does most of the work for you.
(Not that you couldn’t manage without the electric motor, right?)
And don’t you wake up with it every morning?
And take leave of it every night, before going to bed?
In other words, isn’t your toothbrush a small big deal in your life?
Trouble is, your toothbrush is probably made from plastic.
And it’s not going to decompose in the next 400 years or so.
Or get recycled.
Because, you know, a world in the grip of a pandemic has better things to do than recycle toothbrushes.
Just imagine the billions of toothbrushes we throw away every day.
They contribute to the plastic fever and cough that choke landfills worldwide.
Your toothbrush is a bigger environmental problem than you think.
Part of the problem is that it’s so small and negligible.
It’s one of those little things that we always take for granted.
Like the plastic bottle or the paper cup or the plastic food wrapping.
Some of us may not give our teeth much of a thought
until a tooth or two starts to protest
(after all, appreciating the state of not having a toothache takes some Zen practice)
much less do we care about our brushes.
I certainly didn’t until I realized that there are better alternatives out there.
Meet my first bamboo toothbrush…
A bamboo toothbrush is better than a plastic one because it is biodegradable.
Bamboo is not really a true wood but a plant that grows very fast.
Yes, the bristles are still mostly plastic, but we’re reducing the problem.
My bamboo toothbrush makes me a little happier each morning.
And no, I don’t have any shares in the bamboo toothbrush industry.
I don’t promote a particular brand either–the one I use is just one example.
I just wish I knew about bamboo toothbrushes earlier.
A bamboo toothbrush will make your smile so much more attractive.
Try it and you’ll see.