With the 2 billion plastic and nylon toothbrushes that end up in the world’s landfills every year it’s no wonder we haven’t switched to gargling and flossing to clean our teeth. Instead of plastic, this brand offers the solution of using bamboo, which is the fastest growing plant on earth. Because bamboo contains naturally-occurring antimicrobial agents1, there is no need for use of fertilizers or pesticides during its cultivation. The construction of the brush is durable and it gets the job done effectively. Use of the brush results in a deep-clean feeling without having to resort to battery operation, so another plus is not accumulating additional batteries in landfills. And extending on the theme of less waste, there are also no extra components like replacement heads to worry about or mixed materials within the bristles. The brush has an easy-to-grip, ergonomic handle and does not use animal-derived bristles (most other bristles are typically made with boar or pig hair). Instead it uses nylon, non-BPA bristles which are soft but durable bristles that don’t bend from wear quickly or fall out of the toothbrush. The bamboo handle is biodegradable and can be reused or disposed of in a commercial composting bin. With the attractive organic design of the handle, it is tempting to want to upcycle it for various uses after bristle removal (see handle upcycling tips ). And, the nylon bristles from the brush are also eco-friendly since they can be recycled2. With all these eco-friendly components, the resulting product is bio-based: meaning it is able to be produced without the use of fossil-fuel. If you don’t have a retailer near you, the brushes can cost-effectively be bought in bulk and you can sign up for auto-ship to receive cyclic delivery with free U.S. shipping. All this, and a bonus is the brush’s natural but sophisticated appearance in the bathroom where we can all use less plastic.
Note: for children or small mouths check out our other alternative recommendation, here. Varieties are available in different bristle feel and sizes. Pet toothbrushes also available. Note that this is not our primary recommendation due to the nylon bristle source.
1Though bamboo is naturally antimicrobial, it is still recommended to store your brush in a dry place to keep the brush sanitary and prevent water damage to the handle.
2Using pliers, it is easy to remove the bristles from the brush head. Contact your city about the best way to recycle bristles or visit TerraCycle for pick up options.
Brush with Bamboo toothbrush photo: source Brush with Bamboo
Oral-B Deep Clean toothbrush photo: source Drugstore.com
- Made from renewable source: bamboo versus plastic
- USDA Certified Bio-based product by the United States Government’s Biopreferred Program (no use of fossil fuel to produce)
- Non-animal derived, nylon bristles
- No BPA or toxic chemicals as verified by independent testing
- Biodegradable handle and recyclable bristles
- No batteries required
- No replaceable brush heads
- Packaging consists of biodegradable recycled paper box and compostable plant-based wrapper
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