Zero Waste Club's Bamboo Toothbrushes
A couple of weeks back, I went for lunch with a beautiful friend of mine, Elizabeth from @thelouloulife. It was our first time catching up since Zara was born, and she came with the loveliest zero-waste gifts for our whole family - personalised bamboo toothbrushes from Zero Waste Club!
Before I get into this post, I think it's important to mention that I'm not using this toothbrush exclusively right now. More on that at the end :)
Elizabeth is an advocate of zero-waste living and has one of the smallest carbon footprints I know, along with her partner @plasticfreemonkey. Both of their Instagram pages have great tips for living plastic-free including groceries, so check them out if you're looking to reduce your footprint too.
Zero Waste Club
Zero Waste Club is an online store offering affordable groceries and household products at affordable prices. Alongside the toothbrushes, you'll find products such as bamboo straws, reusable organic cotton produce bags and heaps of groceries including grains, pulses, nuts and herbs. Everything is plastic-free and environmentally-friendly.
A couple of years ago, I tried SaveSomeGreen's bamboo toothbrushes. At first I loved them, but eventually two of the toothbrushes actually splintered or irritated my lips! I don't know what the issue was, but the bamboo seemed to fray a little and it was really uncomfortable.
Like I mentioned, I only received these a couple of weeks ago, so I don't have a long-term review on these yet, but Elizabeth said she's been using hers for months now and they've held up really well.
The bristles are soft and the narrow & round shape of the handle is ergonomic, which I also prefer to the SaveSomeGreen brushes.
Options & Prices
I also mentioned in the SaveSomeGreen review that I'd love to see bamboo toothbrushes with removable heads, and there's actually an option for this available at Zero Waste Club! See here for the brush heads and here for the toothbrush itself.
The standard toothbrushes retail for £3.99 each (and baby toothbrushes for the same price), and there's even a bamboo travel case for your toothbrush. I'm not sure how much the engraving costs as I couldn't find how to add the option on the website!
Recycling & Composting
The boxes come with instructions on how to dispose of your toothbrush once it's spent. The bristles as well as the packaging are recyclable and the handle is compostable.
My Electric Toothbrush
So between stopping using the old bamboo toothbrushes and trying out these new ones, I've been using a rechargeable electric toothbrush with the replaceable plastic head. Every time I visit the dentist, one of the first things she asks is "Do you use an electric toothbrush?", and I really notice it getting into the joins between teeth better than any non-electric brushes I've used.
There aren't any eco-friendly electric toothbrushes on the market unfortunately, so I've been using the bamboo brush in the mornings and the electric at night. I figure that this will mean I use up each plastic head two times as slowly as I did previously, lessening my waste while getting a noticeably deep clean.
If you have any eco-friendly oral health tips, I'd love to hear them as I also still use the TePe sticks (I find them way more efficient than flossing), which is extra plastic - although I make each one last until the bristles have completely worn away!
I feel like we've all been waiting for a store like Zero Waste Club to come along for too long now! You can read more about the business and co-founders Pawan and Rishi's story here. I'm so impressed by these two young men and what they've made happen so far!
Have you purchased anything from Zero Waste Club? What do you think of the initiative?
Thanks for reading!