Is there really such thing as a sustainable toothbrush?

Disclaimer: I tried the Humble Brush for free – but the opinions expressed in this review are all mine.

Since we’re pretty rock ‘n’ roll here at Susty Girl, today I’m taking bamboo toothbrush Humble Brush for a spin 😎. Trying a new manual came at a very convenient time for me; my electric toothbrush charger has just stopped working, and it’s not that brill without the buzz!


So, why bamboo?

Here’s the problemo – five billion plastic toothbrushes are produced every year, and the majority will end up in landfill.  After all, we’re encouraged to replace our bristly sidekick every 3-4 months. The Swedish Humble Brush could be an antidote, marketing itself as a green and socially minded toothbrush. The handle is made from 100% biodegradable, sustainably-grown bamboo, and it uses Nylon-6 bristles which are also supposed to be biodegradable. Since bamboo is super fast growing (up to 3 feet per day), it makes it pretty much the best renewable resource on the planet. Humble Brush’s MOSO-bamboo is also panda friendly – that means they only use the bamboo that the cuddly bears can’t actually reach, at 5m and higher. Awwww! Also, Humble Brush is a buy one give one model – for each one you buy, a child in need receives a toothbrush or alternative oral care.


They’ve thought about the packaging too – the box is made from recyclable materials and the plant-based inside wrapper is compostable.

The Humble Brush comes in at £3.99. Depending how ‘expert’ your conventional plastic toothbrush claimed to be, you can pay over a fiver for one manual toothbrush. On the other hand, you can pick up two Tesco Value ones for a mere 25p.

As the name might suggest, the Humble Brush doesn’t make any bold promises – no claims to clean off 99% of plaque, or bestow you a million dollar grin. Apart from noting that bamboo is naturally antibacterial, it offers a quote from Mother Teresa on the box: “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”

I like the emphasis on humbleness and giving back in place of a teeth shade chart. The natural handle and colourful bristles are also a welcome addition to my bathroom shelf.


You may or may not know that Humble Brush isn’t the only bamboo toothbrush on the market, but it does claim to be the ‘world’s most sold eco-friendly toothbrush’. Another is Bogobrush – born in the USA, also with a buy one give one model. Their range also includes toothbrushes made with recycled plastics that can then be recycled again. Then there’s the Aussie Environmental Toothbrush, another US-brand Brush With Bamboo and WooBamboo – allegedly the world’s ‘coolest and best-selling bamboo toothbrush’, who even have brushes for pets. Basically there’s a lot of eco-options out there, and many ship all over the world.

But anyways – what did I think of this European one? I tried two Humble Brushes – blue with medium bristles, and pink with soft ones. There is also black, yellow and white up for grabs.

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Before your minty toothpaste kicks in, you do ‘taste’ the woody bamboo, but only really for a second or two. The pink bristles are just as soft as they suggest – I get sore gums sometimes, and it’s quite nice to have them not so aggravated from brushing! The blue does its thing just as well, but I prefer the softer clean of the pink. The heads are a nice size (both the same) and my teeth feel super smooth after brushing.

I was always convinced that electric toothbrushes cleaned better, but now the consensus seems to be that manuals are just as effective – as long as you’re brushing correctly with whichever you choose. My old electric habits might die hard, but if I were to use a manual, I’d be more than happy to use the Humble Brush – as much for its comfortable brushing as for its biodegrading and do-gooding.

It’s funny – it doesn’t matter if you’re the richest gal on earth, you still have to brush your own teeth! It would be great to have bristles that would be suitable to brush with way longer than three months, but that just hasn’t been invented yet. Switching to a more eco-friendly option such as bamboo helps make and maintain a small positive change twice a day, everyday.



What are your toothbrushing habits? Do you dig the bamboo?

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