A toothpick is a small stick of wood, plastic or bamboo that can be used to remove detritus from the teeth usually used after a meal. They can also be used for picking up small appetizers (like cheese cubes or olives) or as a cocktail stick. All toothpicks used in Zimbabwe are imported.
Raw materials for toothpicks production come from pine trees, gum trees and bamboo trees.
Types of Toothpicks
Why use exotic trees
These types of trees grow more rapidly than local soft wood trees. Plantation requirements are not of high cost and also rests on already available plantations within the country. Exotic trees are ideal for making toothpicks as they are relatively soft. Toothpicks are low-value products and the additional value imparted by processing into toothpicks is less than for many other products, such as woven items or flooring boards. The market for toothpicks is very large and they are widely used throughout the world.