Have you ever wondered what happens when you throw away your old used plastic toothbrush? The impact of plastic toothbrushes is much bigger than you would expect. Most beach clean ups involve picking up between 20-100 toothbrushes. 
Did you know?!
  • Every year we throw away more than 4.5 billion plastic toothbrushes 
  • 50% of the total ecocosts for plastic toothbrushes are incurred during the manufacture and distribution phase 
  • Toothbrushes made from polypropylene plastic are sourced using non renewable fossil fuels 
  • Plastic toothbrushes find their way into waterways and oceans where marine creatures can mistake them for food 

It was shocking to recently find a female albatross in Hawaii regurgitating a plastic toothbrush which was then eaten by a chick! These plastic parts have been known to seriously damage animal organs and also cause suffocation. The number of plastic toothbrushes being produced, used and thrown away each year is increasing and the impact on our environment is catastrophic. 

There is no time like the present, to swap to an environmentally friendly toothbrush. The average person uses 300 toothbrushes in their lifetime and we would love to see a plastic free future.

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Written by Tongue's Club

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