If you want to brush your teeth as environmentally friendly and sustainable as possible, you want a 100 percent plant-based, compostable, and plastic-free bamboo toothbrush. The whole thing isn't as simple as it sounds, because unfortunately, not all that glitters is “gold”! A 100 percent perfectly environmentally friendly toothbrush does not yet exist and every sustainable buyer has to make a compromise. Nevertheless: All manufacturers of sustainable brushes act out of conviction, are committed, and want to make our world a little better.

Every toothbrush consists of a handle and bristles. Environmentally friendly toothbrushes have a bamboo handle. This material grows back in large quantities and has antibacterial properties. A few manufacturers use local wood for the handle instead, and this has short transport routes that are environmentally beneficial. The bristles are undoubtedly the more difficult part. A combination of the properties vegan and compostable (or at least biodegradable) and a sustainable material is unfortunately not so easy to achieve.

It is a difficult endeavor with the toothbrush fibers. Many solutions are not yet 100 percent ideal, but they do go in the right direction. Regardless of whether the toothbrush bristles are made of bamboo viscose or classic nylon, the proportion of plastic due to the wooden or bamboo toothbrush handle is significantly lower than that of a classic toothbrush.

In the past, toothbrush bristles were not made of synthetic materials; animal bristles were used instead. These are compostable, 100 percent natural, but unfortunately not vegan. Nevertheless, toothbrushes made of wood and with animal bristles are currently the only biodegradable and compostable toothbrushes on the market.

According to the world's largest and best-known toothbrush manufacturer, the majority of the bristles come from China and are imported. Unfortunately, the conditions under which the animal bristles are “won” are unclear. It looks very different from the hygiene aspect: The animal hair is hollow inside and has a large surface. The bacteria can multiply on this without any problems. If you want to use this for daily tooth cleaning, you should disinfect your toothbrush under boiling water at least every few days.

A bamboo toothbrush generally costs the same or little money as a conventional plastic manual toothbrush. Therefore, in terms of costs, there is nothing against using the ecological variant. In some cases, bamboo toothbrushes are even cheaper because they can be bought as an inexpensive value pack.

Bamboo toothbrushes are made of natural materials and therefore have a major disadvantage compared to an artificially manufactured toothbrush: mold. To prevent this, you should always dry your bamboo toothbrush thoroughly after brushing. In general, you should treat a bamboo toothbrush more carefully than a plastic toothbrush. Under no circumstances should you neglect regular cleaning and correct storage, as this is the only way you can use your bamboo toothbrush for several months.

You can easily dispose of your bamboo toothbrush. Depending on the model, we recommend that you dispose of the brush head separately from the rest of the toothbrush. Brushes made of nylon take much longer than bamboo wood to completely biodegrade. You can either easily burn the handle of your bamboo toothbrush or dispose of it on your compost.

We hope that with the information we have provided, you can find the best bamboo toothbrush for you.

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With proper care, our ecological bamboo toothbrush will last just as long as a conventional plastic toothbrush.