A wooden toothbrush with pink bristles. The Humble Brush is certainly not your average toothbrush you tend to see in the shops. However, I don’t think I have ever been so excited about a toothbrush before.
I had been toying with the idea of a bamboo toothbrush for a while, and it was about the time I needed to replace my current one, so when my step-Mum messaged me a picture of the Humble brush whilst she was in Waitrose about a month ago, I had to get it.
You are probably wondering why bamboo? Well, for starters I love anything wooden. There is just something so natural and fresh about wooden products, however that’s not the main reason I wanted it. The main reason I wanted one was because they are a lot more environmentally friendly. Now, I’m no environmentalist, but I am very aware of what is happening to our planet and we really do need to start taking action, and if that means starting with a wooden toothbrush, then so be it.
Each year 3.6 billion plastic toothbrushes are produced, and majority of these end up in oceans or landfills. Earlier this year, I made a vow to myself that I would stop using as much plastic. Although I know it is extremely hard to stop using plastic completely, if we all made a conscious effort where we can, it would certainly make a huge difference.
Not only is the Humble Brush eco-friendly, but as you can see from the image the bristles on mine are bright pink. They do offer all different types and colour bristles. Additionally, every Humble Brush sold helps children in need participate in a comprehensive preventative oral care program run by the Humble Smile Foundation, a non-profit organisation registered in Sweden. The packaging is all recyclable, although it was actually quite funny when I first opened the box. The toothbrush comes in another packet within the cardboard packaging, which I now know is made from plants and is compostable, however it has a plastic feel to it, and I thought surely this amazing brand that is working so hard to help the environment would not put their bamboo toothbrush in plastic packaging. I should have known better, shouldn’t I!
The Humble Brush has a handle made from 100% biodegradable sustainably-grown bamboo. It is the fastest growing plant on earth and is naturally antibacterial which means that there is no need to use fertilisers or pesticides during its cultivation.
It costs £3.99 at Waitrose, however, you can get them online too. So, as well as being better for the environment, they also look fab, and are inexpensive. I opted for the soft bristles, and they have been fine for my sensitive gums. Definitely let me know if you have one already in the comments below, or if you are thinking of getting one. I promise you, it is one of the best purchases you will make, one because of how pretty they are, and two because they are much better for the environment than your average boring plastic toothbrush.
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