Many people have asked us about bamboo brushes, and why we did not pick the material given our strong focus on sustainability. The simple answer is that they are not good for your teeth, and perhaps not as good for the planet as you may think...
Bristle count is almost synonymous with toothbrush effectiveness. In bamboo, the holes in which bristles are inserted need to be much further apart, to avoid the wood from cracking. This means that a typical bamboo brush has 1 bristle for every 10 on our Curaprox 5460.
Furthermore, their bristles are usually sharp at the tips, rather than dome-shaped. This makes them much more abrasive on your gums. Every single one of our Curen© bristles is rounded at the end with a diamond tipped drill.
The bristles of bamboo brushes are made from nylon, which is a type of plastic and therefore not biodegradable. This means that throwing it into the organic bin without first removing the bristles, pollutes our landfills and oceans.
While bamboo is a super plant that grows extremely fast and requires few resources, it is also grown and harvested in mono plantations; i.e. only one type of plant. Often forests and established ecosystems are removed to make way for mono plantations, and biodiversity is decreased.
At Floe, sustainability is a core part of our DNA, but we made an early promise not to compromise health in its pursuit. That's why we opted for a closed loop model, to make sure your teeth are well looked after, while also ensuring that your brush doesn't become pollution.