The threat of global warming and planet depletion has necessitated the need for companies and the world as a whole to be more conscious of the impact certain materials have on the planet, which is why the world is gradually turning away from the use of plastic materials.
Plastic constitutes a major source of planet degradation as it is a non-biodegradable material and manufacturing it into usable products gives off harmful toxins, not to mention the danger it poses to animals in the event of ingesting a partially broken down plastic substance.
This piece takes a look at why people are choosing bamboo products over plastic and creative ways to reuse your bamboo toothbrushes.
Why You Should Opt For Bamboo Products
There have been quite some popular alternatives to plastic, the most prevalent being bamboo products. As an example, the Bamboo toothbrush has been enjoying widespread use because of its numerous advantages some of which are highlighted below:
Affordability: Because the cost of production of bamboo toothbrush is low, the purchasing prices of most bamboo products are set at a low cost making it affordable and also encouraging eco-friendly practices.
Hygiene: Because the Bamboo tree has antimicrobial properties, it serves as a steriliser to ward off harmful bacteria. The same cannot be said for plastic toothbrushes.
Aesthetics: Yes, sometimes people use products solely for their aesthetic value and the bamboo brush seems to be a welcome decorative addition in most neutral and minimalist themed homes.
- Biodegradable/eco friendly: One of the major appealing features of the bamboo toothbrush is that it is biodegradable. i.e. it decomposes completely back into the earth upon disposal. For those conscious about keeping the planet clean, this is a major reason to opt for a bamboo brush over the plastic alternative.
Creative Reusable Ideas For Bamboo Brushes
So now we know it’s more eco-friendly for the planet to use bamboo toothbrushes along with its other numerous benefits, but what happens when you get tired of using a particular bamboo brush? Or when the bristles are beginning to roughen out and wither? Instead of discarding it, try reusing it in a couple of creative ways.
To give you an idea, check out some of the creative ways in which you can reuse your old Bamboo toothbrush.
If the brush is no longer useful for your teeth, you might as well put it to use around the house.
Because of the thin size of the bristle, it can be more effective in cleaning those hard to reach spots around the corners of your kitchen and even getting crumbs and bits off your toasters and blenders.
For the bathrooms, while cleaning agents like baking soda and bleach help combat tough stains, there are just certain crevices that the regular cleaning brush and sponges cannot get to, like in-between tiles and corners of the tub.
The bristle of an old bamboo brush is just enough to handle those tiny details for an overall sparkling bathroom.
Keep your Shoes Shining
If you’re a shoe lover, the brush will come in handy in polishing your shoes and tackling the stains on the soles of your favourite sneakers, which can sometimes be difficult to get clean.
There's no need to spend money buying a polish brush; just reuse that old bamboo brush!
Make a Cool Kid’s Art Projects
Struggling with ideas on what to do with your kid for their new school project?
Do you have old bamboo brushes you are already planning on discarding?
Can you guess where we are going with this?
Those bamboo brushes can be used to create various art projects for the kids. From using it to make cool paintings and artworks, building miniature objects such as wooden houses and animals, to using the bamboo pieces to make wooden photo frames etc.
There are a lot of fun things that can be done and you just might clinch the parent of the year award for this!
Plant Markers and Holders
Old toothbrushes can serve as garden hacks to make your gardening experience a more enjoyable one.
Take out the bristles from your old bamboo brush and use the holder to make markers for plants or use them as plant holders, especially for creeping plants so they grow in the direction intended.
Another great idea to try out is using old bamboo brushes as an extra fur comb for your Pets.
Treat your pet to a spa date, using old bamboo toothbrushes; gently brush certain areas and corners of your pet such as, under their feet and behind their ears.
The softness of the brush can provide relieving sensations that bigger brushes may be unable to give off.
Try this and watch your pet have the best spa session yet!
We all indulge in the habit of eating in front of our computers from time to time, and, we know how annoying it is when crumbs fall in between your keyboard, making it difficult to get out.
Your old bamboo brushes can be used to fix this. The bristle is thin enough to get in between the keypad spaces and soft enough to scrub out stains without damaging the keyboard.
This may come as a surprise, but your old bamboo brush can serve as an incense holder in your house.
To make it pretty, go ahead and try painting over the brush holders in whatever acrylic paint colour suits you and your home’s interior design.
Personal Arts and Craft
Old bamboo brushes can come in very handy for artists of various works.
A crotchetier can use the bamboo toothbrush handle as a thread spool. For painters, the bristle on your old bamboo brush can be used to make definite markings on your artwork, if you’re a sculptor, you can use the wooden handle to beat some parts into desired shapes and form or make markings.
If you're feeling adventurous, the wooden handles can be used to make fashion statement pieces and costumes for stage plays and movies.
A bamboo toothbrush never really stops being useful.
Just because you cannot or don’t want to use it for the primary purpose of teeth brushing anymore, doesn’t mean it cannot be used for numerous other creative activities.
When you’re truly done with a bamboo toothbrush, it can be offered up for composition which will then be recycled or disposed of properly without harm to the environment.