We looked hard to find a plastic-free wooden toothbrush you could just toss in your compost or throw in a campfire once it has served its purpose. The plastic toothbrush market is HUGE and a large majority of plastic toothbrushes end up in landfills or the oceans. Because toothbrushes need to be replaced three or four times a year. All that plastic really accumulates over a lifetime. We found the perfect toothbrush. It is made of sustainably harvested wood, in this case beechwood. Its handle is preserved with linseed oil. Its bristles are all natural. They are made of pig hair. The bristles may seem hard the first time you use the brush, but you will find that they soften quickly when moistened. So you can actually adjust the bristle hardness to your preference based on the moisture level. If you want them really soft, just soak the brush in warm water for a minute before brushing. You might think "yuk, pig hair!", but worry not, the pig hair is completely sanitized and naturally bleached before being used to make the brushes. And it is sustainably sourced... The German manufacturer obtains the pig hair from China, which is currently the only place in the world from where these long-haired pig bristles can be sourced. The bristles come from a domesticated race of long-haired pig that is bred and raised for meat. When the animals are harvested for the meat, the skin and bristles are normally discarded because the meat industry has no use for them. Here the bristles are being used for a positive purpose, rather than simply being thrown out as waste. Click here to read a blog post about this toothbrush by a BBC journalist. It is a good idea to let the toothbrush dry thoroughly between teeth cleaning sessions. Also a good idea to rinse it with very hot water periodically to deep clean it. The toothbrush is treated with beeswax for long lasting protection. The head of the toothbrush is wrapped in a small piece of compostable cellulose cellophane held with a metal/cardboard clip that is 100% recyclable. Please note that orders of toothbrushes ship separately from anything else you might order (though at no extra shipping charge - you are charged only one shipping charge for your full order), and they ship by Canada Post Expedited in Canada and internationally, and by United States Postal Service in the US. Dimensions: Each Adult Toothbrush: Length x Width x Height: 16.7 x 1.2 x 1.7 cm / 6.5" x 0.5" x 0.7"Each Child Toothbrush: Length x Width x Height: 14 x 1 x 1.7 cm / 5.5" x 0.4" x 0.7"Bristle Length: 1 cm / 0.4"Weight (each brush): 0.045 kg / 0.1 lb Dimensions: Each Adult Toothbrush: Length x Width x Height: 16.7 x 1.2 x 1.7 cm / 6.5" x 0.5" x 0.7" Each Child Toothbrush: Length x Width x Height: 14 x 1 x 1.7 cm / 5.5" x 0.4" x 0.7" Bristle Length: 1 cm / 0.4" Weight (each brush): 0.045 kg / 0.1 lb Materials: Sustainably harvested German beechwood protected with linseed oil; bristles made of thoroughly sanitized and naturally bleached pig hair; interior steel wire holds bristles in place. Care Instructions: Allow toothbrush to dry thoroughly between teeth cleaning sessions. Rinse periodically with very hot water to deep clean. Should last about 3 months with regular use. Country of Manufacture: Germany. Health and Environment: BPA-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free and lead-free. Compostable.
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