A few months back I decided to track how long toothbrushes around the house would last - my own, my husband's and our son's.
I kept the notes on my phone...
After a few weeks, I realised that my son's toothbrush (a lovely Minions one bought at a supermarket) was basically gone.
I decided then to calculate how much I was spending on toothbrushes for him and guess what?
I was wasting a lot of money and harming nature!
Let me take you through my numbers…
1 regular kid’s toothbrush
A child uses 13 brushes (if each brush is replaced every 4 weeks) at a cost of €3.99. That is a total yearly cost of €51.87. Plus all the rubbish that is produced with packaging and the toothbrush itself which all goes to landfills!
1 bamboo toothbrush
A child uses 8 brushes (if each brush is replaced every 7 week) at a cost of €4.99. That is a total yearly cost of €39.92. Plus the packaging and the bristles are recyclable and the brush is compostable. Landfill who? :-)
** A saving of €11.95 per child **
Yes, I agree those are small amounts but thinking of a household with 2 or 3 kids that is a saving which can go towards school lunch or a treat on the weekend… and we haven't even looked into the adults’ brushes!
Next time you are out shopping, think twice before choosing the “regular” option… as you can see, the sustainable alternative is not as expensive as you may think!