BIODEGRADABLE BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSH
A soft-bristled bamboo handled toothbrush with painted handle and matching coloured BPA-free nylon bristles in a range of two beach/ocean inspired colours. The toothbrush comes in a recyclable or compostable cardboard box with zero plastic content.
Handle: Designed in England, made from biodegradable & sustainable bamboo in China (where it grows). We painted the base different colours to avoid bedtime arguments and stop it going mouldy! We have two sizes, one adult and one kids
Bristles: We use BPA-free nylon - the vegan & effective option for cleaning teeth, which does not fully biodegrade. With the rest of the brush being plastic free, you are still buying a product with 95%+ less plastic than any mainstream toothbrush. Rest assured, we are researching plastic free, alternatives, but it has to be genuinely eco-friendly, ethical and clean your teeth! These are coloured the same as the handle base, which again helps bathroom identification in a household that has gone 100% for bamboo! Kids toothbrushes are soft-bristled.
Brush care: Rinsing the brush thoroughly then tapping it against your hand to remove excess water will improve performance & lifespan. Dentists recommend toothbrush replacement every 3 months (and who are we to argue)
The Box: Compostable or recyclable cardboard box, no plastic windows or coatings, just a box really… Like the rest of the product, it it doesn’t contain anything to upset vegans.
Disposal: The nylon bristles can be extracted for recycling if your local centres takes it. The handles will break down and can go in with green garden waste, into wood recycling or be reused as a plant marker or similar.
There are approximately 3.5 billion toothbrushes used annually across the world and the vast majority of them are plastic, meaning they hang around for centuries. Strange to think the first ever plastic toothbrush is probably sat in a long forgotten waste tip somewhere waiting for a future equivalent of the fictional rubbish robot, Wall-E to discover it again.
We didn’t want to chew sticks or lose our teeth before we were 40, so we went looking for plastic-free toothbrushes for ourselves we found there were a few out there, but some of them made imaginative claims on compostability etc. We sought an alternative to nylon bristles, but we found the alternatives were either not what they said they were (still plastic or not as compostable as claimed), rubbish at cleaning our teeth or had ethical issues in their manufacture. We are going to keep looking, but unless it works, we won’t use it.
We also found the packaging was not always ideal, with plastic coated cardboard or even a bamboo toothbrush in a plastic blister pack (seriously). So we went with a bamboo brush, because bamboo grows very fast and requires less in the way of chemicals or water than any comparable material.