How to dispose of your bamboo toothbrush

This is a question that comes up a lot. Especially for all you eco-conscious warriors out there. We know this is always a key concern when transitioning to an eco-friendly lifestyle, as we consider the impact of an item over its entire lifecycle. That involves production, use and disposal.

That is why it is good to know that bamboo toothbrushes are fully compostable. However, there are some other things to consider as we outline how to responsibly dispose of your brush.

Step 1: Get yourself some pliers to remove the bristles

The charcoal bristles are made of nylon and cannot be composted, so they should be removed. Pliers help you get a good grip, because you will not be able to remove the bristles with just your fingers. You are of course welcome to try ;)

Step 2: Pull out the bristles one tuft at a time

It is best to do this on a clean surface, because the bristles can go all over the place when they come out and you can lose sight of them. You will also notice metal pieces coming out, these are what hold the bristles in place. These also cannot be composted.


Step 3: Eco-brick the bristles and metal clamps

Simply place the bristles and metal clamps in a 2 litre plastic bottle along with any other non-recyclable waste and once full, you can bring that to a local eco-brick facility.


  • Khuthaza Foundation – Located in Diepsloot, Johannesburg – Facebook
  • Roots & Shoots – Located in Gauteng – Facebook
  • Wot-If? Trust – Located in Diepsloot, Johannesburg – Facebook

Western Cape

  • Ecobrick Exchange – Located in Newlands, Cape Town – Facebook

Step 4: Compost the handle

You could of course just break off the head and be done with it if you wish. Remember that you will not be able to compost the head.

As we continue to prioritise sustainability in our daily lives, let's embrace the opportunity to rethink how we dispose of everyday items, including our toothbrushes. With conscious choices and innovative solutions, we can make a positive impact on the environment and inspire others to join us on the journey toward a world without waste.

Bonus: What do I do with the packaging?

Our packaging is made of kraft paper, which is derived from wood pulp. The packaging can simply be added to your regular paper recycling or even your compost. It will contribute to the mulch used to feed your garden.

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