How is nylon produced?
Nylon is a synthetic polymer that is produced using a manufacturing process that typically begins with petroleum and is melt-processed into fibers, films or shapes. It was first used in toothbrushes in 1938, and the invention helped to propel modern toothbrushes into the 20th century.
Prior to the introduction of nylon, bristles were made from the back hairs of a boar, as it provided a stiff material that allowed for the brushing of your teeth. Can you imagine brushing with a boar’s hair 🐷? The invention of nylon helped to propel many modern-day inventions, such as clothing, hosiery, and ropes and nets.
The introduction of nylon allowed for toothbrushes to be mass-produced inexpensively and provided better brushing performance overall in comparison to boar bristles.
Ultimately, the production of nylon toothbrushes helped improve dental hygiene habits for all, and the industry isn’t looking back.
Will your nylon brush head be eco-friendly?
Our brush heads will be designed with nylon bristles on top of a silicone base. Silicone is recyclable and can be remanufactured to produce silicone oil, which serves as a starter for many silicone-based products.
While nylon previously could not be recycled, modern-day technology allows manufacturers to repurpose nylon. Now,, nylon can be reused in many different scenarios for household cleaning.
There’s a couple of ways you can get rid of or reuse nylon:
Recycling Nylon: If you live in a city that is able to reuse nylon material to repurpose for other manufacturers, then all you need to do is to remove the nylon from our brush heads using a pair of pliers and contact your local recycling center. You can also recycle the silicone base of our brush head.
Reusing Nylon: If you’d like to reuse nylon, it can be repurposed to be used for cleaning as nylon provides excellent surface cleaning for many tight-to-reach spots. You can use our brush heads to fit the contours of tight-to-fit corners, or you can use pliers to remove the nylon bristles to repurpose them for cleaning using any type of bamboo handle with some hot glue or metal staples to bind the bristles on the handle.
At AutoBrush we’re committed to offsetting our carbon footprint, and with our recent partnership with Pachama, you can rest assured that every shipment you receive from us is completely carbon offset!
Additionally, we’re looking into a recycling solution for our brush heads to make it easier for you to be able to send in your brush heads to a recycler from the convenience of your home.