Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Bamboo Toothbrush Review

Independent product review by JOLI

I was reading the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of G Magazine – Green Living Made Easy, about toothbrushes and how modern toothbrushes are not recyclable due to being made with a number of different types of plastic.  These plastics are recyclable separately however once joined together on the toothbrush the plastics cannot be separated.  The article also talked about electric toothbrushes vs hand held toothbrush – which is better for the environment.  The general consensus is that bamboo tooth brushes have the least impact on our planet, with regards to manufacture, materials and waste.

After reading the article I purchase a box of bamboo toothbrushes from The Cruelty Free Shop online.  I did wonder how well the toothbrushes would clean since they don’t have all the bells and whistles of the fancy toothbrushes available these days.  I have to say they clean just as good.  I don’t feel as though areas are being missed even though the bamboo toothbrush doesn’t offer flexi grips or build in tongue cleaner, with extended bristles to reach those ‘hard to get’ places.  My teeth are still coming out clean.

Bamboo toothbrushes last as long as other toothbrushes and as an added bonus come in recyclable packaging.  The toothbrushes cost $3.50 each, though when you buy a box of 12 they cost $38 which equals $3.16 per toothbrush – which is much the same as the cost of other toothbrushes.

Unlike other toothbrushes they come in only one colour so to tell our toothbrushes apart I write our names on the brush handles or attach coloured hair elastics to the handles so we know whose brush is whose.


  1. We have been using bamboo toothbrushes for the past few years, I see no reason to use plastic ones...just one way to reduce our carbon footprint! We tell ours apart by using suction cup toothbrush holders in different colours :)

    1. Thanks for your comment Kyra. That's a good way to tell them apart :)