Made of organic bamboo. These have a basic handle and medium to firm bristles and are a good option for people on a budget.
Bamboo is a strong material that is naturally bacteria-resistant and therefore does not easily get mouldy.
The bristles are made from Nylon 4 which naturally breaks down in a few months. According to research, Nylon 4 breaks down in seawater by 80% after 25 days.
Brand Story: These bamboo toothbrushes are sourced from a UK company called Plastic Phobia who are carbon neutral. Their bamboo products are made in China out of bamboo mostly harvested from the factory’s local mountain. This mountain is protected by the state so the bamboo forest is maintained in a sustainable way. The factory’s meet local and national labour laws and so the manufacturing of their products boosts the local economy with local labour and local bamboo.
Bamboo Toothbrush (Standard)
Dentists usually recommend that toothbrushes are replaced every 3 months. Average life expectancy in the UK is 80 years old which means over our lifetime, we use and throw away roughly 320 toothbrushes each. Worldwide, that is a massive amount of toothbrushes all ending up in landfill!
Bamboo is considered to be a sustainable resource because it is fast growing so reproduces quickly, and is completely biodegradable. Unfortunately, the bristles of these brushes are still made of Nylon which is a form of plastic although research shows that this breaks down naturally. The handle of the toothbrush makes up the majority of the product so this eradicates a large amount of plastic just by making the handle out of this resource which is a step in the right direction!
Most plastic toothbrushes can be found very cheaply - usually you can find a family pack of 4 in supermarkets for £1, although you can buy the branded ones for anything up to £3/£4. So in comparison, bamboo toothbrushes are quite a bit pricier. Whether you deem it to be worth the extra price or not is down to personal preference. It keeps me up at night, the idea of (7.8 million global population x 320 toothbrushes - whatever huge number that comes out as) being thrown in landfill and left there for 1,000 years so for me, these are totally worth the additional expense.
Some other reviews I've had on these toothbrushes have involved a small adjustment as people have struggled with a form of wood being in their mouth instead of the normal plastic. My personal experience (with a premium toothbrush) - I didn't think it was any different using these instead of my previous plastic ones. I felt they worked well, I didn't notice any difference in how my teeth felt and I have had a couple of trips to the dentist since trying them and they've had no complaints on my teeth and gums, so they must be doing the job okay.
The main difference between the premium and standard toothbrushes is the handle - the premium one has a bit of a sturdier more robust handle, but otherwise, the toothbrushes should work the same.
I have since opted for the electric toothbrush route with the recyclable toothbrush heads as, although the heads are made with plastic (to be recycled), my opinion on the overall environmental impact is that recyclable heads made in the UK have a smaller carbon footprint than bamboo toothbrushes made in the far east and shipped to the UK. But everyone's opinion on this is different. If the recyclable toothbrush heads weren't available, I would happily use the bamboo ones as a second option.
My rating: 8/10