We looked hard to find a plastic-free wooden toothbrush you could just toss in your compost or throw in a campfire once it has served its purpose. The plastic toothbrush market is HUGE and a large majority of plastic toothbrushes end up in landfills or the oceans. Because toothbrushes need to be replaced three or four times a year. All that plastic really accumulates over a lifetime.
We found the perfect toothbrush. It is made of sustainably harvested wood, in this case beechwood. Its handle is preserved with beeswax. Its bristles are all natural. They are made of pig hair. The bristles may seem hard the first time you use the brush, but you will find that they soften quickly when moistened. So you can actually adjust the bristle hardness to your preference based on the moisture level. If you want them really soft, just soak the brush in warm water for a minute before brushing.
You might think "yuk, pig hair!", but worry not, the pig hair is completely cleaned before being used to make the brushes. And it is sustainably sourced...
The German manufacturer obtains the pig hair from China, which is currently the only place in the world from where these long-haired pig bristles can be sourced. The bristles come from a domesticated race of long-haired pig that is bred and raised for meat. When the animals are harvested for the meat, the skin and bristles are normally discarded because the meat industry has no use for them. Here the bristles are being used for a positive purpose, rather than simply being thrown out as waste.
Click here to read a blog post about this toothbrush by a BBC journalist.
It is a good idea to let the toothbrush dry thoroughly between teeth cleaning sessions. The toothbrush is treated with beeswax for long lasting protection.
The head of the toothbrush is wrapped in a small piece of compostable cellulose cellophane held with a metal/cardboard clip that is 100% recyclable.
|Dimensions||Each Toothbrush: 16.7 x 1.2 x 1.7 cm / 6.5" x 0.5" x 0.7"<br>
Bristle Length: 1 cm / 0.4"<br>
Weight (each brush): 0.045 kg / 0.1 lb
|Materials||Sustainably harvested German beechwood protected with linseed oil; bristles made of thoroughly sanitized and naturally bleached pig hair.|
|Care Instructions||Allow toothbrush to dry thoroughly between teeth cleaning sessions. Rinse periodically with very hot water to deep clean. Should last about 2-3 months with regular use.|
|Packaging||Toothbrush wrapped in a small piece of compostable cellulose cellophane held with a metal/cardboard clip that is 100% recyclable.|
|Country of Manufacture||Germany|
|Health & Environment||BPA-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free and lead-free. Compostable.|