What is the best bamboo toothbrush?
What is the best bamboo toothbrush?
If like many people you are trying to reduce waste then you’ll almost certainly be looking at the number of single-use plastics you buy and figuring out ways to cut them out. Changing to a biodegradable toothbrush is a great place to start.
Making eco-friendly choices
Not all eco-friendly switches are created equal. Some like washable nappies or even switching to reusable wraps instead of cling film require an initial outlay that is far greater than the weekly cost of buying disposable plastics. And even though you’ll probably save money in the long run not everyone can afford the upfront costs.
Other commitments to reduce plastic waste require time and effort that it can be difficult to maintain, such as shopping at a local farmers market to avoid plastic packaged veggies or making your own homemade deodorant and dishwasher tablets.
However there are some switches that are so simple you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do it years ago and changing to a bamboo toothbrush is definitely on that list. They are cost-effective, last just as long and are just as good at cleaning your teeth. Yet they look better and are kinder to the planet.
Choosing the best bamboo toothbrush
When looking for the best bamboo toothbrush the primary things to consider are the size. Is it for a child or an adult? And the bristles.
When it comes to the bristles you have a number of options both in terms of how soft they are and when they are made of.
Studies have shown that soft bristles brushes are just as effective at cleaning your teeth as medium bristles yet are less likely to do any damage. Softer bristles are generally recommended for children and those who have sensitive gums and dentists tend to recommend soft bristles for all although many people prefer a firmer (medium) bristle.
Once you have chosen how firm or soft a toothbrush you want you can also look at what the bristles are made from.
If you are looking for a brush made from entirely plant-based materials then go for Hydrophil. This company have developed a bristle made from only plant-based material meaning there’s no petroleum-based nylon which is the most commonly used material.
While you still need to remove the bristles before you pop the handle in the compost this is still the most eco-friendly option as all the materials used are renewable and sustainable. The bristles are made from castor oil and contain no fossil fuel-based carbons.
Best for teeth whitening
If you’d like a toothbrush that helps brighten your teeth and disinfect the mouth even before you add your chosen toothpaste then give the Curanatura Carbon toothbrush a try.
This brush features a bamboo handle and soft bristles made using just 10% nylon and 90% carbonised bamboo. The micro-particles of active charcoal help to brighten your teeth and have antibacterial properties to keep your mouth in tip-top condition.
The handles are also carbonised making them waterproof, nicer to hold and more durable in the bathroom.
Alternatives to Bamboo
Not everyone likes the feel of wood in their mouths (bamboo is a grass, we know, buy it still feels pretty woody), and that can be a reason they’re not ready to switch.
Luckily there are some great toothbrushes that feel just like plastic but are actually made from cornstarch Jack N Jill and NFco make biodegradable toothbrushes from non-GMO corn starch with nylon bristles that will turn to a chalk-like stick in your home compost within a year.
Read more about why you should use a bamboo toothbrush here.