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Is Your Toothbrush Sustainable?

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with Eastman Dental Institute at University College London for the first time researched the life-cycle assessment of the toothbrush. Researchers looked into both the environmental impact and human health impact of the toothbrushes.

Four types of toothbrush were reviewed: 

  • Plastic manual: plastic handle with fixed head 
  • Bamboo manual: bamboo handle with fixed head
  • Plastic manual replaceable head: reusable plastic handle (made from a bio-plastic) with replaceable heads 
  • Electric: handle and charging unit, with replaceable heads 

Researchers found the most environmentally sustainable toothbrush is the recycled plastic toothbrush. 

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