Bamboo Toothbrush with bioplastic bristles by Hydrophil

Bamboo Toothbrush with bioplastic bristles by Hydrophil

Plastic Free
Vegan Friendly
Supports good causes

Alternative for: plastic toothbrush

Hydrophil toothbrushes are the first we have found to have bristles made only from caster oil (a vegetable oil pressed from caster beans). This makes them free from petroleum-based plastic and instead use a bioplastic. The handles are made from Moso bamboo. 

Packaging: recycled paperboard box 

End of Life:

  • Remove the head of the toothbrush and put in general waste. The handle can be put in the compost bin.

Advantages...

  • Unlike most bamboo toothbrushes the bristles are made from a bioplastic derived from castor oil. This is a vegetable oil pressed from castor beans and means they are free from BPA and petroleum. 
  • Water neutral as the Moso bamboo used to make these toothbrushes is grown without artificial irrigation
  • The range includes brushes with medium and extra soft bristles as well as a kid-sized brush (recommended for age 3+)
  • 10% of Hydrophil's profits go to proving safe drinking water in the Southern Hemisphere 
  • Suitable for Vegans

Disadvantages...

  • Made in China - where the bamboo is!
  • The bristles are made of a plant-based bioplastic however they are still not biodegradable. The castor beans used to make the bioplastic are a sustainable source unlike petroleum (a fossil fuel), but bioplastic as a pollutant can still cause damage to wildlife so please dispose of used brushes carefully. 

Costs...

~£4 per toothbrush

Where to Buy...

Available online in the UK from &Keep

Also available online direct from Hydrophil (prices in Euros)

Tips...

  • To reduce risk of mould, store your toothbrush in a stand or hooks rather than a pot so that the handle can dry out between use
  • It's time to replace your brush when the bristles start to curve (every 1-4 months)
  • For more ideas on what to do with your old bamboo toothbrush see Bamwoo Bamboo Blog

Image from brand website.

This information is provided as a guide only and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

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