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Plastic –Free July—Nix Plastic Toothbrushes

By Fredrica Syren:

Its amazing how significantly the items we use every single day impact our environmental. Take toothbrushes, for example. Each year, 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are produced, and most likely they are packaged in plastic. You probably will use a toothbrush for only a month or so until it gets old and not so fresh. So, then you throw it away. What else can you do, right?

Most plastic toothbrushes will end up in the trash eventually. These plastic items represent more than 50 million pounds of waste that ends up in landfills every year. Since they are made from plastic and are not biodegradable, they will remain indefinitely in landfills or — worse — in our oceans, nature or beaches, where they will add to greenhouse gasses and cause more global warming.

So, what can we do to change this? Its simple: swap plastic toothbrushes for biodegradable ones made from bamboo. They are the most environmentally-conscious toothbrush on the market because bamboo is a sustainable raw material since it can grow up to 4 inches per day with little water and does not require pesticides or fertilizer. And, of course, it’s natural and can be composted.

However, not all bamboo toothbrushes are equal, so make sure to buy only bamboo toothbrushes with bristles that also are biodegradable. Brushes made from nylon-6 are not biodegradable, while brushes with bristles made with castor bean nylonare biodegradable.

My belief is that that any little change can make a big difference for our health and the planet. Nixing plastic for a better, sustainable option is a step in the right direction.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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