Updated: Nov 28, 2021
99% of all the toothbrushes in the world are made from plastic. The US alone disposes 1 Billion plastic toothbrushes per year.
Let’s do some quick math here:
1,000,000,000 / 300,000,000 (approx. US population) = Approx. 3 toothbrushes per person x 4 (dentists recommend replacing your toothbrush every 3 months) = 13 toothbrushes per person per year. Of course, we need to factor in that not everyone abides by our dentists' recommendation. But if we did, could you imagine?!
Given the basic math above, input is equal to output. So, where do these 1 billion plastic tooth brushes end up after you're done with them? Approximately 50 million pounds of plastic tooth brushes end up in landfills.
For those that rent out to tenants. Have you ever had an annoying tenant that you looked forward to leaving after their lease was up? In this context, your annoying tenants are these dirty plastic tooth brushes - the only difference is that their lease only ends after 1,000 years!
Thats right, it takes approximately 1,000 years for your plastic toothbrush to organically and partially degrade. I use the term “partially” since these plastics never fully degrade 100%. They eventually turn into micro-plastics. As most would know, micro-plastics are notorious for harming not just the environment but also wildlife (both land and aquatics animals)!
Now, share your thoughts - why should we keep using plastics?
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