We previously tried to reduce our share of disposable toothbrushes in the landfills by using bamboo alternatives. Sadly, our experience was disappointing so we reverted back to the plastic ones, all the while feeling guilty with each replacement. But when we came across Colgate’s take on bamboo toothbrushes, we thought to give it another go.
What we like about it:
This is a given, but for those who ask, the toothbrush is made with sustainably grown bamboo and is compostable (except for the bristles). Also, bamboo is generally easy to plant and maintain and so it keeps the ecological footprint at a minimum.
It has slim-tip soft bristles
One of the major turn off for us in our failed sustainable brushing attempt was that its bristles were too hard and nick our gums. We were so used to Colgate’s slim-tip bristles so anything that’s not as soft won’t make the cut. To us, that’s the standard. So we were glad that their bamboo toothbrushes have the same features that are gentle on the gums and teeth while doing a thorough clean even on the hard to reach areas. Plus, they’re infused with Binchotan charcoal, a type of activated charcoal that absorbs impurities.
It’s naturally waterproof
Bad news: bamboo toothbrushes tend to absorb water and serve as a host for molds. The good news is that Colgate’s Bamboo Toothbrush is waterproofed using natural beeswax to repel water and protect it from harboring spores and increase its durability.
It uses plastic-free packaging
You’ll love this not-so-little detail: Colgate uses recyclable cardboard for its packaging as part of its long-term commitment to reduce plastic waste. I’ve seen that some of their other products’ boxes are made with this as well. Somehow, this assures us that they’re true to their vision.
It has a non-slip handle
At first, we thought this etching is just for aesthetics. It turns out that it was intentionally designed to make the handle non-slip. Nice!
What we think
Leave it to the experts to design a sustainable and functional toothbrush. While we had quite a learning curve on getting used to its slightly thicker head, everything else was just as a toothbrush should be.