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Bamboo Toothbrushes Best option for Planet Health say Researchers at Trinity College Dublin and Eastman Dental Institute

Bamboo Toothbrushes Best option for Planet Health say Researchers at Trinity College Dublin and Eastman Dental Institute

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The bamboo toothbrush had the lowest impact in all categories. The climate change potential of the electric toothbrush was 11 times greater than the bamboo toothbrush.

The bamboo toothbrush used just 11 g of plastic over the five years, the lowest of all products (97% less plastic than the plastic manual toothbrush).
Fertilisers are used in less than 5% of industrial bamboo plantations as the fallen bamboo leaves provide sufficient nutrients for new shoots.

Bamboo cultivation is currently assumed to be carbon-neutral, as bamboo ecosystems are carbon sinks.

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The Irish Times, 17th February 2017, Virtuous Toothbrushes, by Manchán Magan

The Irish Times, 17th February 2017, Virtuous Toothbrushes, by Manchán Magan

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Virtuous Toothbrushes. Eventually every bit of petroleum-based plastic in our homes will need to be replaced with something more sustainable. Dylan Regan from Dublin has begun the process with a bamboo toothbrush with bristles infused with charcoal to help fight plaque. For every VirtueBrush sold, three trees are planted. Bamboo is a renewable resource that matures in three years compared to over a century for oak. It’s rapid growth (up to three feet a day for some species) makes for impressive carbon sequestration, about 70 per cent more than an acre of hardwoods.

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crowdfunder.co.uk, 10th February 2016, Virtuebrush want to disrupt the plastic toothbrush industry with a symbol for sustainable living - a plant based toothbrush

crowdfunder.co.uk, 10th February 2016, Virtuebrush want to disrupt the plastic toothbrush industry with a symbol for sustainable living - a plant based toothbrush

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Shocked by the level of plastic waste going into our environment we want to do something about it. We brush our teeth first thing in the morning and last thing at night with plastic which is an unsustainable act. Our mission is to disrupt the plastic toothbrush industry with a symbol for sustainable living - a plant based alternative that makes for a better toothbrush as well. By providing a plant based alternative made from Bamboo we believe this will remind people every day just how easy and beneficial making small planet friendly lifestyle changes can be.

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