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01 February 2022
Reusing our plastics

Toothbrushes form a part of our daily routine. If you change your brush every three months as recommended, you should only use each one 180 times, for a total of six hours over a period of three months.

This means that in the UK, around 256 million toothbrushes are bought and discarded every year. That's a very big pile of plastic, so what can we do about it?

According to the dental charity, the Oral Health Foundation, four-in-five (80%) of us use our old toothbrush for an alternative purpose, which is great for the environment.

Scrubbing bathroom tiles is the most popular use (40%). Not surprisingly, cleaning is the most common theme. Almost a third (28%) of us use our past toothbrushes to assist in cleaning various kitchen appliances, more than a quarter (26%) to give an extra glimmer to our jewellery and roughly one-in-five (18%) use the oral hygiene product to shine our shoes.Other popular uses include cleaning bike and car wheels, computer keyboards, toilets and toilets seats, fish tanks and fingernails.

A toothbrush can perform many functions around the home after its time cleaning teeth and gums is over. More toothbrushes now have ‘end-rounded', nylon bristles, which have been preferable to natural bristles for some time due to better quality and size control. The grip of the handle is another factor which makes the toothbrush a formidable cleaning tool. Unlike scouring pads, which can be tricky to get hold of, particularly when wet, the toothbrush's handle should be comfortable to hold.

Something to think about next time you decide to change your toothbrush! Being better at reusing our old plastics is an easy and effortless way to extend the lifespan of our old toothbrushes and be a bit more environmentally friendly.

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