Today I want to talk about something which is not being discussed at all in India. Infact, we are so busy talking about Padmavati and writing open letters to the PM that we are ignoring our role in what the future holds. Today, I ask everyone to make a small lifestyle change and start brushing their teeth twice a day with bamboo brushes.
With the recommended switching of brushes every 3 months, an average person would use 4 plastic brushes an year, you multiple that with the population of India (a proxy, because I cannot find stats for people who brush in India) and the numbers rise exponentially. This is HUGE environmental cost!
However, there are multiple India-specific issues to consider, which also explains why this conversation is not happening here, while departmental stores in the US have been carrying this product since forever. These are listed below:
- Availability – These brushes are not readily available in stores as we do not have any dedicated green-chain. These are only available online and the packaging can cause just as much harm as using a plastic toothbrush would.
- Cost – Like always, there is a green-premium attached to this product which makes is less viable for a large majority of Indians.
- Bristles – The most eco-friendly bristles available in India are Nylon-4 bristles which are not bio-degradable. BrushWithBamboo has developed a better kind, but even this falls short of the desired level of eco-friendliness.
- Religion – The bio-degradable option that is available is made out of pig-hair which is an extremely controversial medium in India, not to mention the reason behind the revolt of 1857 and an extensive chapter in our history books. We don’t want this again. Plus, we cannot guarantee if these are cruelty free.
All that said, BambooIndia does have a good option where they promise using eco-friendly packaging. I suggest you buy directly from their website as buying from Amazon would lead to extra packaging waste generation.