Everybody already probably knows that it's pretty easy to take care of a regular toothbrush as there's really not much you need to do. After buying it you just throw away the cover and a few months after you do the same with the toothbrush itself. And then rinse and repeat.
But actually caring for a bamboo toothbrush is not that much more complicated either: you just compost or recycle the cover with paper, use your brush for a few months and compost the handle. Very similar steps, but a very different outcome for our planet.
So what exactly should you do with the packaging? Well, one good reason to get TreeBird's bamboo toothbrushes is definitely the compostable packaging. The outer layer is made of cardboard and the inner sanitary cover is made of paper. They are both compostable and recyclable so whichever one you choose is fine.
To make sure your new bamboo toothbrush stays in good condition then you might want to take a few small extra steps though. Because bamboo is a natural woody material as opposed to absolutely 100% water resistant plastic, then it's a good idea to try to keep it dry when you're not currently using it. We suggest to quickly dry it with a towel before putting it back in it's (also dry) holder. It's also fine if you just place your bamboo toothbrush sideways on the toothbrush holder so it naturally dries on its own.
You might notice a slight change in the color of the toothbrush handle as time goes by using it. That's totally normal with bamboo so no need to worry there!
So, you have been using your bamboo toothbrush for about 3 months now. What next? Well, there are a couple of great ways to reuse it. Our family uses old toothbrushes for cleaning out those hard to reach places where one might struggle to get close with only a wet cloth (like wash basins for example). An old toothbrush is also good for washing grout in your bathroom. That being said it's probably a good idea to write "for washing" on the toothbrush to avoid some not so pleasant mix-ups.
Another good way to upcycle is to use the old toothbrush handle as a plant marker in your plant pots or garden. Just write the name of the plant on the handle and stick it in the soil. Before doing that you should pick out the bristles first though. This might seem like a complicated task but in reality, it's pretty easy. Just try it out!
Got some more awesome ideas how to upcycle your old bamboo toothbrush? Let us know by dropping us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org!