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- The bristles are made from a polymer resistant to microbial growth during normal use, to ensure safety and durability
- Handle is made of sustainable bamboo
- Fully compostable 100 percent biodegradable
- Environmentally sustainable
- Do not pollute the environment
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In Australia, over 30 million toothbrushes are used and disposed of by Australians each year, amounting to approximately 1000 tonnes of landfill each year. The plastic they’re made of won’t break down in our lifetime. Nor within the lifetime of our children. Imagine that on a global scale.
Invented by a Brisbane dentist, The Environmental Toothbrush is a simple solution. Made from bamboo, a natural cellulose fibre, they are biodegradable, environmentally sustainable, and do not pollute the environment. The amazing growth and self-renewing ability of bamboo means that deforestation is not necessary either. Even our packaging is bio-degradable.
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While I do still love this toothbrush I did find one issue and that was mould. My brush sits in a clear glass holder. With it being clear I tend to make sure it doesn't look gross and keep it clean and dry as much as I can, however, even though I keep the glass clean and dry there tends to still be some wetness from the toothbrushes as they're popped back in once we brush our teeth - this has been enough to make the ends of this toothbrush turn mouldy and for anyone who has an allergy to mould will know it's not exactly a great feeling knowing that you're brushing your teeth with something that's got/had mould growing in and on it.
Also once you receive this and read the packaging you'll find it's made in China, shipped to Australia who then ship it here (UK) - not very environmentally friendly is it? So if your main aim is to purchase a toothbrush that's a little more environmentally friendly I'd reconsider.
Now, as a toothbrush, these things are just fine. They are pretty plain, which I like. "Normal" in shape, ovoid, with white bristles that are all the same length, neither too long nor too short, and in the normal configuration of small bunches. I have a relatively small mouth and sometimes have trouble with "adult" toothbrushes, but this fits me just fine. The wood texture takes a bit of getting used to at first, you feel as though you might get a splinter any second, but I've been using it for four months now in perfect comfort. I also have very tender gums; I purchased the soft bristle version of the brush and have actually seen some improvement in my tendency to bleed when I brush. My dentist has had a look recently and is very happy with both tooth and gum health.
The handle is made of bamboo which is carbonized, giving it a finish and making it durable and water and microbe resistant. The bristles are made of anti-microbial and BPA FREE polymer. I have had no trouble with keeping either of them clean, though I do recommend hanging the toothbrush rather than keeping it in a cup or holder where it can stand in even a small amount of water, mainly because of external water stains. (Not a proven risk, just something I choose to avoid.) I also prefer to soak my toothbrush in vinegar or hydrogen peroxide once a month and rinse it with boiling water, but I do this with plastic toothbrushes as well.
As I said, I've been using this toothbrush for about four months now, and it looks just as good as it did the day I bought it. It pretty much stands up to any other toothbrush for effectiveness and durability.
It may be a bit pricey for some, for such a plain and basic household item.
Also, I'm not sure how environmentally friendly I'm really being when I buy this. They ARE produced sustainably, and are purportedly 100% biodegradable (even the bristles? I'm not sure) but cheaper regular plastic toothbrushes are recyclable. These are produced in Australia, so the carbon footprint made shipping them outside of that country may counteract any effect of owning a wooden toothbrush. Still, the extra cost may be worth it to you to know you are supporting a company with a really noble cause.
Also, the toothbrush is, in my opinion, /very/ attractive, and I have had several people ask me (both visitors to my home and when I bring it with me when traveling) where I got it.
I do recommend it for both its environmental and aesthetic qualities, as well as simply being a perfectly functional toothbrush, but urge you to consider your own opinion on the carbon footprint aspect, and overall cost to your wallet.
The toothbrush provides a different experience than all the plastic ones we're used to, but you get used to it quickly and it's like any other brush. Haven't had any problems with bristles falling out, splinters or "molding" like I've seen in previous reviews of bamboo brushes. I always dry mine off after use with a towel.
Despite being generally happy with them there are a few downsides. The first and maybe the biggest is that they are imported from Australia. Given that most of our toothbrushes are probably made in China these days, there's still not much progress there. This also may contribute to the second issue of cost - they are fairly expensive for such simple brushes. Given that there are only a handful of small manufacturers of bamboo toothbrushes there isn't really any way around that at this point.
My final and much less bothersome issue is that the bristles are still made of plastic, but this is understandable as they need to be hygienic and not fall apart in your mouth.
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