Whether it’s for the dishes or your wellies, switching to a wooden scrubbing brush is a great way to reduce the amount of plastic you use.
What’s wrong with plastic brushes?
Plastic scrubbing brushes are often manufactured with different types of plastic. For example, HDPE (high-density polyethylene) or PP (polypropylene) for the main body of the brush, silicone for the grip, and nylon for the bristles (see image below). This, therefore, makes it difficult for the different plastics to be separated for recycling after use.
Why use a wooden brush instead?
Wooden brushes are only really made from one material… wood. Maybe with the addition of some metal, which can be removed for recycling. The wood can either be composted or turned into something new after use (for example a pencil or shredded for a different use). As for the bristles, the brushes on Born-Eco use cactus to avoid the use of nylon, pretty clever ay?