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Biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes

What our customers say

Great brush, glad I had a few as they keep finding their way to other people's bathrooms!

Laura Quirke

I've tried several brands of bamboo toothbrush and BAMWOO are the only ones that have longevity - where the bristles don't fall out.

Caroline McGuinness-Brooks

It's a simple toothbrush that does its job well.

Maxine Hayes

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BAMWOO uses bamboo toothbrushes to plant 17,590 trees in 2018

BAMWOO uses bamboo toothbrushes to plant 17,590 trees in 2018

Great news! Thanks to all our amazing customers (that's you, dear reader!) and our partners at Eden Reforestation Projects, we managed to plant a whopping 17,590 new trees in 2018!
How To Dispose of a Bamboo Toothbrush Properly

How To Dispose of a Bamboo Toothbrush Properly

Buying a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush means one less plastic toothbrush clogging up land fill, but they should still be disposed of properly. This step-by-step guide will show you how to do it quickly and easily.
Reforesting Indonesia with Mangroves - the World's Most Carbon-Absorbent Ecosystem

Reforesting Indonesia with Mangroves - the World's Most Carbon-Absorbent Ecosystem

Mangrove forests are the most carbon-absorptent natural system on the planet. Here's how and why our 1 Brush = 1 Tree mission is helping to reforest Indonesia with mangroves, and how that helps heal the climate and our oceans.

The 1 brush = 1 tree mission

We've partnered with The Eden Projects to plant trees in Ethiopia, Madagascar, Haiti and Nepal. By working with local villagers we're restoring healthy forests AND lifting people out of extreme poverty.

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Why should you use a bamboo toothbrush?

The problem with plastic toothbrushes

Wondering why should you switch to using a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush?

Every year BILLIONS of plastic toothbrushes are thrown away - in the US alone approximately 23 MILLION KG of plastic toothbrushes are dumped in landfill annually, where they sit around for about 1000 years before finally breaking down. And that's not counting those that wind up in rivers or the oceans, choking our beautiful planet, nor the effects of drilling and refining oil to produce them in the first place!

This environmetal damage is entirely preventable! The bamboo handles of our toothbrushes are completely biodegradable, and they clean your teeth just as effectively. Moreover, they take far less resources to produce, feel great in your mouth, and look really stylish in any bathroom. There just really is no good reason to use plastic toothbrushes any more!

Holding a bamboo toothbrush in Glen Coe, Scotland
Using a biodegradable bamboo toothbrush

Is bamboo a good material for a toothbrush?

Bamboo really is the perfect sustainable material to make toothbrushes from!

To start with, it's a grass, and one of the fastest growing plants on the planet - so it's not going to run out any time soon. It also grows really well on steeply sloping land unsuitable for most crops, is very hardy and doesn't need fertilisers or irrigation, and absorbs a huge amount of carbon dioxide which it turns to oxygen.

We use a species called mosu bamboo. In a toothbrush, it is naturally antibacterial so it doesn't go mouldy even when used in water twice a day, and is nice and smooth so it's comfortable in the mouth. Oh, and pandas don't eat mosu bamboo, so we're still on good terms with our monochromatic friends!

How long does a bamboo toothbrush last - and how long to biodegrade?

Bamboo will break down entirely in time, but it's a robust and rot-resistant material (which is why it's so great to make toothbrushes from). We've tested them for over 6 months of twice daily use, but we recommend you follow dentist advice and switch to a new brush every 2-3 months.

How long a brush takes to biodegrade depends on where you dispose of it and the conditions there - whether it's in or on the soil, and how warm, wet, cold or dry it is.

Generally a bamboo toothbrush will biodegrade within a few weeks in an industrial composter, but can take up to 5-10 years if you just throw it in your garden. We recommend you dispose of them in your normal bio-waste bin for collection (they get taken to a composter), but if they do end up in landfill they break down MUCH faster than plastic alternatives.

BAMWOO bamboo toothbrushes in a bathroom in bali

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