Just How Much Plastic is in Luminta's Bamboo Toothbrushes?
Our idea to create the Luminta brand was brought about by the high level of waste that we so commonly see in many products sold both in store and online. The decision to focus on providing Australians with a sustainable toothbrush option was a no brainer. There are limited sustainable options on supermarket shelves and even then, the options available still prefer to use unnecessary and excessive plastic in their packaging. This led us to create an easily accessible online store that delivers affordable sustainable bamboo toothbrushes straight to a doorstep anywhere in Australia.
To give you the highest level of transparency possible, we will be outlining just how much plastic is used in our products; from the production of the toothbrushes right up to the delivery of your purchase.
Luminta’s Bamboo Toothbrush
We won’t shy away from the fact that our toothbrush bristles do contain plastic. They are made from a non-biodegradable material called nylon 6.
We thought long and hard about trying to find a viable alternative and at the present time, could not find a comparable option.
There are natural bristle options out there which can be produced from animal hair or corn. There are obvious problems associated with adopting these two types of bristles.
Bristles that are primarily corn based tend not to have long lifespans and on average, need to be replaced at least every two weeks and tend to be more expensive. This compares to the lifespan of up to three or more months with a plastic based bristle. We have also chosen not to substitute plastic for animal hair as Luminta wanted to offer vegan friendly products.
We do hope to introduce fully biodegradable products to our range in time as the technology in this space improves.
On the other hand, the bamboo toothbrush handle is completely biodegradable. By removing the plastic from toothbrush handles, it is estimated that Australians could save up to 1500 tonnes of plastic from toothbrushes ending up in landfill each year.
The best way to dispose of our toothbrush after use is by separating the bristles from the toothbrush handle and disposing the bristles through either normal waste or a specialised plastic recycler near you. The body of the toothbrush can be buried in your garden, composted or allowed to decompose using any other natural agents. Better yet, you could choose to use the handles as a label for your backyard veggie patches.
The Toothbrush Packaging
All of Luminta’s toothbrushes are all individually packed in a neat cardboard container. The good news is that no plastic wrapping is used and the container is completely biodegradable and can be easily be recycled.
Shipping Your Orders
Another area where plastic can be utilised excessively is the packaging that your products come in when you make an online order. To ensure that no plastic is used, we ship our toothbrushes in an envelope slip made from 100% recycled paper. This lower cost and environmentally conscious shipping method also allows us to offer free shipping on every order that anyone makes.
If you have any questions about our products and how we go about minimising waste, please feel free to leave a comment or contact us directly. Alternatively, if you have any ideas on ways that we could continue to improve the sustainability of our product range, we would be more than welcome to discuss this with you.