Bamboo Toothbrush for Children - Soft bristles
Brushing our teeth is something we all need to do. But most toothbrushes handles are plastic and the bristles nylon, meaning that once they have reached the end of their usable lives they end up in landfill. With 67 million people in the UK, potentially 268 million toothbrushes are thrown away each year (if everyone replaces their toothbrushes every three months in line with advice from dentists).
Switch to the Truthbrush and your teeth and the environment will thank you for it! The rounded ergonomic handle is crafted from sustainable, organic bamboo which is naturally anti bacterial and the brushes come with castor oil-based bristles to care for your teeth and gums. While not completely biodegradable (currently the only non-plastic alternative to using some nylon in the bristles is to use pig hair...but the search continues!) the Truthbrush is a big improvement on the status quo.
This beautiful tiny scaled down Truthbrush is perfect for children aged 3- 8. The sweet panda on the packaging was designed by children’s author and illustrator Jane Cabrera.
How to use
Brush as usual - Children should always be supervised while brushing!. After use, please don’t leave standing in water. We recommend, based on advice from dentists, that you replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
To dispose of your toothbrush, please place in your ordinary bin. Over time, all but the bristles will biodegrade, leaving no residue. Alternatively, you can pull out the bristles with a pair of pliers and re-use the Truthbrush in any creative way you can. Plant canes and paint stirrers are just a couple of examples of how you can give your Truthbrush a second life.
We are Catherine and Catherine and we believe that beautiful things can also be eco-friendly.
Combining our expertise as a hospital doctor and a fashion buyer, we have designed the Truthbrush to look beautiful in your home as well as being a great toothbrush.
The Truthbrush came from a wish for a toothbrush that was beautiful and luxurious as well as biodegradable.
The rounded ergonomic handle is crafted from sustainable, organic bamboo which is naturally anti bacterial.
Our brushes come with soft (as recommended by dentists) or medium bristles, which are castor oil based to care for your teeth and gums.
Each Truthbrush is hand wrapped in tissue paper and a recyclable cardboard pillow pack. Truthbrush is cruelty free and vegan.
We are now the award winning Truthbrush! We received the first prize at both the Eco Excellence and Veggie Awards, as voted for by celebrity judges!
Bamboo is the perfect material for the Truthbrush as it is beautiful to look at, warm to touch and fully biodegradable. The natural antibacterial and antifungal properties of bamboo mean the Truthbrush is hygienic too.
Bamboo is resistant to natural pests, which means it is farmed organically.
Where is the Truthbrush made?
Our brushes are made in China - the natural habitat of bamboo. Moso bamboo grows up to a metre a day here as it has the perfect conditions to thrive. We know that shipping to Europe has a carbon footprint, although the amount is tiny for each brush. This is why we have chosen to carbon offset shipping both from China to us and from us to you.
Why castor oil bristles?
We would love to find a genuine plastic-free alternative to nylon bristles which could biodegrade. However, after extensive research we realised that the only non-plastic alternative is boar bristles (pig hair), which would be unacceptable to many people. There are also unsubstantiated claims of biodegradable nylon 4 bristles but in reality this is not commercially available. We therefore use bristles which are 62% castor oil and 38% nylon, which means less petroleum-based plastic. We are constantly searching for an alternative, but until then, we believe that a biodegradable handle with castor oil-based bristles is much better than a plastic toothbrush.
Why soft bristles?
Dentists recommend soft bristles. Soft bristles are generally agreed to be best for removing plaque and for healthy gums. Since launching we have also been inundated with requests for medium bristles, so these have also been added to the range.
Will it feel different using a toothbrush made of bamboo instead of plastic?
Yes but only for a short time! For the first few days you may notice the feel of the natural bamboo instead of plastic but soon you won't be able to imagine using anything else. Occasionally a bristle may fall out - don't panic! This is simply a sign that you are using a handcrafted brush made in the traditional way - not with bristles moulded into plastic.
What is the finish on the Truthbrush?
The Truthbrush is dipped in a coloured paint, which has been tested according to REACH legislation.
Will buying bamboo products be detrimental to pandas?
No – The Truthbrush is made from Moso bamboo, a type of bamboo which is inedible to pandas. The bamboo we use comes from a sustainable forest in China.