Rohit ‘Ro’ Kumar. Three years ago, a bunch of us watched a documentary film about plastic pollution. That same night, when we looked at our plastic toothbrushes, they just didn’t make sense anymore. When we couldn’t find a good eco-friendly alternative, we decided to make one! Today, we manufacture the most eco-friendly toothbrush available. Along the way, we’ve teamed up with some of the leading environmental activists in the world to increase awareness about plastic pollution.
The Kumar Family. Rishi, Manju, Ro, Vinnie. As part of our shift to a more sustainable lifestyle, we converted our tract home in California into an organic farm called The Growing Home that grows 5000 lbs. of food annually and harvests rainwater. The house has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and is the subject of a documentary film called Urban Fruit. We are also sponsoring the construction of 7 gardens in the Pomona School District – the public school district where both our sons were educated. Brush with Bamboo is the result of a natural lifestyle and commitment to service that we have been evolving and building for our family and community for over 30 years.
Over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes that will never biodegrade are dumped in landfills and oceans every year worldwide. Founded on the belief that little changes can make a big difference for our health and the planet, Brush with Bamboo’s goal is to replace plastic toothbrushes with the ecological bamboo alternative.
It is critical for our society to vote against plastic. Purchasing an alternative like Brush with Bamboo is a vote for non toxic sustainable materials. Every piece of plastic ever created is still in existence. The plastic pollution crisis is so severe that 5 gyres of floating plastic, each the size of the United States, have swelled up in our oceans. Your support allows us to develop ever-better ecological options to help reduce plastic waste.
In the photo to the left, notice the large amount of plastic toothbrush waste that is washing up on our shores. Plastic toothbrushes can be found in every plastic waste dump. They can be found floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and have even been found inside the stomachs of Albatross birds.
Plastic recycling is not a solution to the crisis. Most of our plastic waste is landfilled, downcycled, incinerated or exported to other countries. Recycling plastic is costly and does not stop the production of virgin plastic products. This is why toothbrushes made from recycled plastic are not a solution.
Plastic affects human health.. Harmful chemicals leached by plastics are present in the bloodstream and tissues of almost every human being, including newborns.
To learn more about plastic pollution, we recommend the blog My Plastic Free Life by Beth Terry, one of the world’s leading plastic activists. Beth has endorsed our product as her “new favorite toothbrush.”
Brush with Bamboo is the official toothbrush of 5 Gyres – a leading environmental group working to raise awareness about plastic pollution. In this photo, the 5 Gyres crew is sailing the North Atlantic Ocean with their toothbrushes! More at 5gyres.org
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