Small Changes: Switching to Bamboo Toothbrushes

1 Aug 2020

When looking more into eco-friendly swaps we can make as a family, I find myself continuously questioning whether eco-friendly versions of products I have used all of my life, could really be as good. I think it's a contributing factor when I think about how long it has taken us to make some of these changes - but that's a discussion for another day. 

Wild & Stone Children's Toothbrushes Review
Wild & Stone Children's Toothbrushes Review
Wild & Stone Children's Toothbrushes Review

I change the girl's toothbrushes every three months and in February we were making our way through another pack of plastic toothbrushes, when I decided then was as good a time as any to change the habit of a lifetime and switch to bamboo toothbrushes, instead of buying our usual multipack from the supermarket. 

I searched out bamboo toothbrushes on Amazon and, as expected, was met with a huge amount of options. Wild & Stone caught my eye as I liked the colour tones, which is something I did need to take into account not just to be able to tell everyone's toothbrushes apart, but if Willow was going to switch from having her favourite characters on her toothbrushes to something plainer, I wanted it to be at least a little bit exciting for her to save any toddler complaints. 

Wild & Stone have toothbrushes to cover babies, children and adults. I decided that as Hadley almost has a full set of teeth now and is heading towards two years old, it was time for her to have a children's toothbrush with Willow and so I ordered a 4-pack of children's bamboo toothbrushes. There are a few colourways available; we went for blue and green tones, with the idea to try the other colourways on subsequent orders. 

They came in 100% recycled packaging, made from organic bamboo, with each toothbrush using just a single piece of naturally sustainable bamboo which is a great alternative to plastic toothbrushes. It's water-resistant and but it's naturally antibacterial, too, although I'd recommend still swapping old brushes out for new every 3 months as per the NHS dental advice.

In design and shape, they're quite different from what we're used to with our old plastic toothbrushes. They have an ergonomic design which has a flat handle, with soft bristles made using high-quality BPA free nylon bristles. They're not big and bulky like plastic toothbrushes and I quite like the simple look; the bamboo goes so well with the colour tones, perfectly simple look for toothbrushes that do the job just as well as plastic ones. I was worried the bristles on an eco-friendly toothbrush might be short-lived, but they've actually lasted really well.

I have to be honest, I love seeing our Wild Stone toothbrushes in the bathroom and it's a swap that I'm really glad I made. The girls love them and have got on really well with them and if anything, I think Willow is much more efficient at brushing her teeth with her new bamboo brush, than she was with the fun character plastic ones. The bamboo itself is lovely and easy to grip, which might contribute to ease of use for little ones.

It does work out more expensive that buying cheap multipacks on offers in supermarkets, it's not something we have been able to justify as a swap before now, but we're pretty set on bamboo toothbrushes now we've tried them and will likely stick with them whilst financially viable. The girls have really taken to them and it's been a great learning opportunity for Willow, as she starts to understand that she can make changes that help the planet. I can't believe I waited so long to make the switch for them! As for us adults; I do use an electric toothbrush on recommendation from my dentist, but when Martyn has finished up his multipack stash of toothbrushes, we'll be switching him over to bamboo toothbrushes too. Just two more to go!

Do you use bamboo toothbrushes, or is there another beauty swap you think we should be making? You can let me know over on Instagram @TattooedTealady, Twitter @TattooedTealady or my Tattooed Tealady Facebook page!