We're so excited about these homegrown toothbrushes. Swiss made from FSC certified beech wood grown sustainability here in Switzerland! This is an eco-replacement for your plastic toothbrush — or a bamboo toothbrush (with its long import route & high C02 emissions).
We have three brushes available, all with an individual eco-icon to prevent confusion at the sink:
- The SOFT toothbrushes is the safest choice if you have sensitive gums. Soft, rounded bristles offer a gentle, thorough cleaning while avoiding unwanted damage to the enamel and irritation of sensitive gums.
- The RICINE toothbrushes are made without any mineral oil. The bristles are based on castor oil instead. The rounded medium bristles ensure thorough cleaning and prevent unwanted damage to enamel and irritation of the gums.
- The KIDS toothbrushes have soft, rounded nylon bristles that protect children’s sensitive gums from irritation. Available in green, blue or orange and with three different animal engravings.
Allow your toothbrush to dry after use. Apply vegetable oil to the handle to prolong the life. Change your toothbrush every two to three months.
Important: In virtually all toothbrushes available on the market, small hooks made of stainless-steel fix the bristles in the head. These hooks must not be composted. However the handle can be, just snap the head off and trash first.
Why Nylon? Unfortunately, for the SOFT bristles there is currently no compostable alternative to nylon other than animal-based materials such as wild boar hair. However, this material fails to perform both from an environmental and the hygienic point of view: the hair comes from industrial farms, often located in China, and is hollow, which provides the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Bioplastic alternatives, such as the castor oil-based bristles, in our RICINE toothbrushes are based on renewable plant-based oils. However, due to the lengthy degradation periods, they do not fall under the composability criteria for house compost waste.