Toothbrush Polution Facts

Most people use about 4 toothbrushes in a year. That means that by the time you are 80 years old, you would have used (and thrown away) about 320 plastic toothbrushes. About 80% of all plastic toothbrushes that are thrown away, end up in landfills or in the ocean where they cannot decompose. That means that about 250 of the toothbrushes that YOU throw away, will probably end up in the ocean ! Are you shocked and wondering how that is even possible ?

You cannot really throw an old plastic toothbrush in the trash.  They end up in landfills or in the ocean where they live forever. They cannot decompose. You also cannot put them in your standard recycle bin. Most standard recycle companies just throw out any plastic toothbrushes they end up with, since they cannot process it correctly.  Correctly recycling a plastic toothbrush is very tricky, because they are made up of at least three different components. There are the nylon bristles, then there are metal staples deep inside the head of the toothbrush that hold the bristles in place, and then there’s the plastic handle, which are usually made of different layers of different plastics. Therefore, plastic toothbrushes have to go to special recycle companies that are able to separate all these different materials so that they can be melted and recycled separately and appropriately.  There are only a few of these special recycling companies.   If the toothbrushes that you throw away, do not end up with one of these special recycling companies, they end up in a landfill or in the ocean, where they cause a lot of harm.