• Elise

[ p r o d u c t ] a new type of crush

'Toothcrush' bamboo toothbrush subscription

Price. NZ $30 for 1 toothbrush Bi-monthly, NZ $45 for 2 toothbrushes Bi-monthly

NZ $25 for 1 toothbrush Quarterly, NZ $40 for 2 toothbrushes quarterly ($30-40)

Works out to $3.74 a brush for us

Brand. Toothcrush [NEW ZEALAND brand]

Shipping. Free in New Zealand

Smile from the planet. Priceless

Insta. toothcrushco

Buy. www.nz.toothcrush.com

Tips. Be gentle with these brushes the bristles are soft. Your dentist will tell you that medium or hard bristles will damage your teeth and gums.

What is it?

A new concept in tooth brushing. A toothbrush delivered to your door bi-monthly or quarterly to help you avoid plastic toothbrushes and do some good for the environment.

Why did i buy it?

To ditch the plastic toothbrush forever. Scary thought: the first plastic tooth brush you had as a kid is still existing on our planet! If that alone doesn’t convert you I don’t know what will.

My experience. how long did it last?

For me one of these can last 3 months but we get the Bi-monthly subscription as my partner is not so gentle with his.

My plant packaging rating. 5/5 stars

The brushes come in a recyclable envelope and the toothbrush wrapping is 100% compostable. The only thing is that the nylon bristles are not biodegradable- read on below to find out why.

Once we have our tiny house we are planning on a garden compost bin and the bamboo sticks will be going straight into it.


I love how there are so many clever brands out there these days thinking about the environment first before their bottom line. Its inspiring. This is the easiest switch to make for your almost zero waste bathroom routine.

Some handy FAQ’s to know (taken from the website).

Is a bamboo toothbrush subscription really better for the environment?

It sure is. Bamboo brushes creates many times less environmentally damaging waste than buying plastic toothbrushes from the supermarket.

And the total carbon production for each delivery, from factory to your door, is less than a single 1km journey in an average car.

Is this really more environmentally friendly than buying 4 plastic toothbrushes from the supermarket?

Yes! Toothcrush subscribers create much less environmentally-unfriendly waste, and their deliveries produce less CO2 in the environment than the average car trip down the road to the supermarket.

Here's how we work that out...

A standard plastic supermarket toothbrush weights about 18 grams and comes in about 7 grams of plastic and laminated card packaging. No part of the brush nor any of the packaging is recyclable, meaning you create about 100 grams of unsustainable waste each year if you change your brush with the seasons.

A Toothcrush brush weighs 11 grams and comes in a mailing box that weighs 24 grams and a hygienic wrap that weighs 0.65 grams. The wrap is made from PLA, a plant-based plastic alternative that is 100% compostable. The box is made from plain, uncoated brown cardboard that is 100% recyclable. The brush handle is made from bamboo – completely compostable and one of the world’s most renewable resources.

The only part of Toothcrush that can’t be recycled or composted is the bristles. They’re made from nylon (which is our least-favourite part of our product, but which right now is the only material available anywhere in the world that meets dental standards).

But… the bristles on each brush weigh less than half a gram. So - you create just 5.5 grams of unsustainable waste each year if you have Toothcrush delivered each month.

That means that if you’re a Toothcrush subscriber, you’re creating 18 times less environmentally damaging waste than someone who buys 4 plastic toothbrushes a year.

And what about the environmental cost of delivering 12 brushes?

We use the regular post service, not couriers, and so the total CO2 produced by each delivery from factory to letterbox is around 195 grams – less than a single 1km journey in an average car.

So depending on how close your supermarket is, you’ll likely have a greater environmental impact doing one trip to buy a plastic toothbrush than you will having an entire toothbrush subscription for a year :-)

Are the bristles biodegradable?

No. We've chosen to use nylon bristles as they are proven to effectively clean teeth, and are approved by dentists. Biodegradable bristles made from animal hair are available, but are ineffective, hence they're rarely used. However, we are exploring developing our own compostible bristle material which would be a world-first in toothbrushes - watch this space!

But hang on - doesn't that mean it's not really environmentally friendly?

99% of the Toothcrush brush is made of biodegradable bamboo. You can dispose of your Toothcrush brush in two ways. Either throw it in your rubbish and know you're not contributing to the further production of plastic, or remove the bristles with a pair of pliers, discard them into your rubbish, and compost the bamboo handle.

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