This post was possible because Humble Brush were kind enough to send me some of their product. However, I do use, believe in, and love their toothbrushes!
When I first decided that I wanted to start working towards zero waste, one of the first things I did was to swap my plastic toothbrush for a natural, compostable, biodegradable bamboo toothbrush. An easy swap, and I don't think anyone will argue that bamboo toothbrushes are just better looking than their plastic counterparts. Double win.
Choosing A Bamboo Toothbrush Brand
There are a lot of bamboo toothbrushes out there, and now that I'm living in the U.K., I wanted to find a brand that's based in this part of the world. Humble Brush, which is based in Sweden, was just what I was looking for, and turned out to have even more reasons to buy than I anticipated.
Reasons to love Humble Brush:
- The handle is made from bamboo, which as we know is a highly sustainable and biodegradable material.
- The nylon bristles are BPA-free. Though you do have to trash the bristles, they will hold up for three months with regular brushing.
- The box and inside wrapper are compostable.
- Humble Brush gives back: a portion of sales go to fund the Humble Smile Foundation, which delivers preventive oral care around the globe to communities in need.
- There is an array of fun bristle colors to choose from.
- The kids' brush is really freaking cute.
Finding the Right Toothpaste
Early on in my journey to zero waste, I started looking into natural alternatives to traditional drugstore toothpaste which, in addition to having a load of questionable ingredients, is invariably packaged in plastic. I experimented with making my own, using the ever-popular coconut oil, bicarb, and peppermint oil recipe, and just couldn't stand the taste and texture of it. After a lot of research, I managed to find David's toothpaste in the U.S., which is made of natural ingredients and is packaged in a recyclable metal tube (and isn't disgusting).
David's was a great option when I was living in the U.S., but now that I'm living in the U.K., I wanted to find a locally made toothpaste the fits the same criteria: natural, not gross, and packaged in a recyclable (non-plastic) container. After some Google searching, I stumbled upon Truthpaste, a natural brand that's made here in the U.K, and managed to track down a jar at Unicorn Grocery, an eco-friendly market in South Manchester.
Reasons to love Truthpaste:
- All ingredients are natural, vegan, and cruelty free.
- It does not contain fluoride, glycerine, triclosan, foaming agents, colorants, emulsifiers, or preservatives - basically none of the naughty ingredients you find in conventional toothpaste.
- The taste is minty fresh - it does take some time to get used to the slightly bitter first bite of the bentonite clay, but the wintergreen flavor prevails and leaves your mouth feeling squeaky clean.
- It comes in a glass jar, which is 100% recyclable.
What is your dental routine? Have you made toothbrush or toothpaste swaps yet? Would love to hear from you!