Welcome to “Less Waste Wednesdays”.
Lately, I’ve been thinking more and more about what kind of legacy I want to leave behind me. Within that I’m becoming more conscious of the impact my actions have on the environment around us. I want my legacy to be positive, I want my kids to learn good habits. I want my grandkid’s children to enjoy the same natural wonders we do today, and so, I’m making changes.
I’m doing my absolute best to try and get my family as close to zero waste as possible. We are only on the start of this little journey, I’m learning as we go, but I’d love for you to join along and learn along with me, as I investigate ways to make our lifestyle more sustainable and accountable.
This week, I’m sharing something super easy. Also, our family has been doing this for a little while now, so I can share with absolute confidence, this has been a positive environmentally conscious change for our family.
We’ve swapped out our traditional plastic toothbrushes for “Bamboo” ones.
So, why would we do that?
In Australia, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of by Australians each year, amounting to approximately 1000 tonnes of landfill each year. The plastic they’re made of won’t break down in our lifetime. Nor within the lifetime of our children. Imagine that on a global scale. Yeah, that’s pretty horrific.
I’ve started ordering online – Environmental Toothbrushes. (they’re Australian too – Bonus!), we get a 12 pack of brushes for $38 + $2 shipping. That works out to $3.33 per toothbrush, and they last just as long as their plastic counterparts, sold in the supermarket, at an average of $4 a brush.
Here’s an excerpt from their website.
“The Environmental Toothbrush is a simple solution. Made from bamboo, a natural cellulose fibre, they are 100% biodegradable, environmentally sustainable, and do not pollute the environment. The amazing growth and self-renewing ability of bamboo means that deforestation is not necessary either.”
So simple, so much better for the environment.
What other ways have you been able to make simple small changes that help reduce our environmental impact? Leave a comment below, or drop me a line through the contact page on my website.