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For an eco-friendly plastic alternative, lots of people are turning to bamboo products, like a bamboo toothbrush. Bamboo is biodegradable and good for the environment, and often it can also be ethically-sourced.
Bamboo products are great to have because when their product life is over in your home, they can be disposed of easily. We’ll go over how to safely dispose of bamboo products without harming the environment. With a few simple steps, you can make sure you’re putting your bamboo product in the right place when disposing of it.
Most Bamboo Can Be Composted
If you compost your waste through your local municipal system, bamboo can simply be put in the compost bin. If you have a compost at home, bamboo is a great addition to your compost. It has a high silica content, and when it breaks down, it’ll release that silica in the soil. Silica can help plants be more resistant to drought and increase yields and overall crop quality.
Eco-friendly company Bamwoo highlights here how long it takes for bamboo to break down depending on environment:
- “If you just throw a bamboo toothbrush into your garden, it might take as long as 5-10 years to fully break down.
- Buried horizontally in the soil, it will take around 3 years
- A home composter should take around 4-6 months (depends on composition). You can speed this up by breaking the toothbrush down into small pieces with a hammer or saw.
- An industrial composter should break a toothbrush down in a few weeks (they are much hotter and more active than any home composter).”
How to Throw Out Your Bamboo Toothbrush
Bamboo is also naturally antibacterial, so you don’t have to worry about disinfecting it as often as you would a plastic item. Plastics can hold bacteria and dust for days and when it comes to something like a toothbrush, you’ll want the safest substance possible for your dental health. A bamboo toothbrush is a great alternative.
To throw out your bamboo toothbrush, simply use a pair of pliers to rip out the bristles and throw the bristles in the garbage. The bamboo handle can be composted, as well as the packaging it came in. These instructions vary by company, so check with the place you bought it from to make
Toothbrush company Brush with Bamboo explains how to dispose of a bamboo toothbrush or other bamboo product:
“You may remove the bristles from the head of the toothbrush – this will also remove the metal staples holding the bristles into the handle. Aluminum is not biodegradable but it will break down through chemical reactions in the environment. Aluminum is also highly recyclable. 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today.”
Preserve Your Bamboo for Longer
It may be compostable, but you can still try to preserve your bamboo product for longer to avoid buying a replacement. When bamboo is made into a consumer product, it’s meant to be stored in a dry and cool place. Try to keep it out of humid areas that could cause it to decompose.
If you have a bamboo toothbrush or other bamboo bathroom product at home, The Humble Co has this recommendation to preserve it for a longer time:
“Bamboo is a material that will keep best when stored dry, which is why enclosed toothbrush cups that may collect water are not recommended. We recommend that you keep your toothbrush in an open-air toothbrush holder or other dry area.”
Using bamboo is just one of many ways to live a greener, waste-free life. If you’re looking to dispose of other goods and materials, contact us to see what waste disposal services we can offer you.
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