National Geographic released this interesting short documentary that tells us how our toothbrushes are causing an international plastic waste crisis.

Brushing your teeth first thing in the morning and last thing at night is second nature to most people. You do it without even thinking. But people also aren’t thinking about what happens to that toothbrush after they’ve finished with it. Dentists recommend replacing a toothbrush every 3-4 weeks. So, over the space of just one year, 1.2 billion toothbrushes are thrown away in the United States alone.

How Toothbrushes Are Causing A Plastic Waste Crisis image of toothbrush

Since first becoming popular in the early 20th century, the modern toothbrush has hardly changed in over 100 years. They’re not built to last and because of that, they’re a massive contributor to the global plastic waste crisis. Water bottles are often called the biggest contributor to plastic waste, but toothbrushes are almost just as bad. the video tells us ways that we can reduce our dental plastic waste and examines some of the other options that we can take. It tells us what the (less wasteful) future of the toothbrush might be.

Plastic Waste|National Geographic|Documentary

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