Bamboo Barter's Goal to Sustainable Living: One Toothbrush at a Time

Bamboo Barter's Goal to Sustainable Living: One Toothbrush at a Time

Back in 2020, the great Sir David Attenborough released a Netflix documentary called ‘A Life on Our Planet’. In this, he issued his most explicit warning of an environmental catastrophe. 

“The natural world is fading. The evidence is all around. It’s happened in my lifetime. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. This film is my witness statement and my vision for the future, the story of how we came to make this our greatest mistake, and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right”.

Sir David Attenborough - A Life on Our Planet documentary.

There is a word that is absolutely key within his statement: ‘Act’.

Making a change towards sustainable living is no longer just about recycling your plastics at the end of the day. It has evolved into so much more than that.

Hence, Bamboo Barter was born. 

Why Bamboo Barter was Created

Bamboo Barter is a sustainable, eco-friendly bamboo toothbrush brand that was created in 2021 by Rishab Dugar. Rishab has a vision that being sustainable isn’t about doing less harm to the environment, it’s about doing more good to create an overall positive impact on our planet.

So instead of buying single-use plastic toothbrushes, buyers can switch out for an eco-friendly alternative with bamboo toothbrushes. Not only that but Bamboo Barter was created with the idea of Take 1, Give 1. With Bamboo Barter toothbrushes, instead of solely taking resources from the environment, we help to give back with our plantable seeds.

Our toothbrushes help to sprout new life for people, with plantable mint and basil seeds. 

How Bamboo Barter Helps the Environment

It is estimated that around 264 million plastic toothbrushes are thrown away every year in the UK alone, in which research says it can take 500 years or more to start decompose polypropylene plastic and nylon brushes (however, plastic never really decomposes).

With Bamboo Barter, we create our toothbrushes entirely from bamboo (so you’re already reducing your plastic waste there), in which our biodegradable handle can be compostable at home or via your local council’s garden waste bin. Also, our plant-based bristles are made from 100% castor oil. Not a single piece of plastic was in sight. 


Bamboo Barter environmental benefits of bamboo toothbrushes.


A standard plastic toothbrush usually weighs around 18 grams, sometimes with an additional 7 grams of packaging. If one person was to make the switch to a bamboo toothbrush, in which they replace their toothbrush every 3 months (as recommended by dentists), then they are reducing their plastic waste by at least 72 grams every year just with a toothbrush. 

It might not seem like much, but let’s say if half the population in the UK were to do this…

Time for some quick maths!

264 million toothbrushes (the estimated number thrown away every year) divided by 2 = 132 million.

132 million toothbrushes x 18 grams = 2,376,000,000 grams.

2,376,000,000 grams to kilograms = 2376000 kgs.

Of course, this is the dream but small changes like this can make a huge difference on the environment. By making the switch to Bamboo Barter, we can aim to reduce the amount of plastic waste just from toothbrushes alone. 

Ethy Accreditation

We are proud to say that Bamboo Barter is an Ethy Accredited brand, an accreditation that is focused on a sustainable future. Our brand and products have been assessed to ensure our brand credibility and commitment to sustainability, in which we have joined a community of leading purpose-led brands that are contributing towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

A Word from Bamboo Barter

It doesn’t take much to make a big difference, a small change can go a long way! Are you ready to barter?

Sustainable Living Made Simple

As we said before, sustainable living and change is much more than just reducing your plastic waste. It should be about educating yourself on greenwashing, buying circular fashion, investing in sustainable beauty products, reducing your food waste, countering your carbon footprint, adding to the environment and so much more. The list can go on and on as to how you can do less harm and start to live a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. 

Our hope at Bamboo Barter is that with our bamboo toothbrushes, you can take from the environment to reduce your plastic consumption, but also ensure that you give back, by recycling and nurturing your seedlings to grow into plants for your own home. 

Do you have some more questions about Bamboo Barter’s products? You can read our full FAQs here.

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