humble brush

Being an eco-friendly consumer means making responsible buying choices with all of your purchases, from your choice of the car you drive all the way down to… yes, your toothbrush.

The toothbrushes from Humble Brush (based in Sweden) are 100% biodegradable. They’re made from bamboo, which is a naturally sustainable material, and the bristles are made from Nylon 6, which Humble Brush says is the “most biodegradable nylon in the world.” While it would be nice to see them do away with the Nylon, Humble Brush explains that this is the only way they could make the brush effective and affordable.

Humble Brush was founded by dentist Noel Abdayem in 2013, with the goal of creating a fully-functional toothbrush that is not only sustainable, but also helps to provide oral health to people in need around the world.

A laser-engraved, (almost) all-natural toothbrush might seem like a bit of a luxury fashion statement (and maybe it is… so what?), but these brushes are also another small step away from wasteful consumption practices, and toward sustainable, globally-minded production.

As Humble Brush explains in their video, 5 BILLION plastic toothbrushes are produced each year. Once they’re worn out, they have nowhere to go but landfills and the ocean. Humble Brushes, on the other hand, will last you the dentist-recommended 3 months, and then will naturally biodegrade when you throw them out.

For each toothbrush sold, Humble Brush donates 1 toothbrush (or the equivalent value in oral care) to a child in need. Humble Brush works with the Humble Smile Foundation to do its philanthropic work. Check out some examples of the Humble Smile Foundation’s oral health initiatives here.

Humble Brush was voted Best New Product in 2015 in the Natural and Organic Awards.

Check out Humble Brush’s video to learn more about the product and see the production process from start to finish: