I finally got my wooden toothbrush in the mail yesterday. I’ve used it twice and so far I can say that without a doubt, I will not be going back to using a plastic toothbrush. I’ve also heard about toothbrushes made from bone and boar hair… but being a vegetarian, I really have no desire to go that route!
I purchased a Naturborsten (a family owned and operated company in Germany) toothbrush through Life Without Plastic. The handle itself is wood (no clue what kind) and preserved with vegetable oil; the bristles are natural fibres. There are no fancy bends in the handle or various lengths of bristles, but do those things actually make one toothbrush better than another anyway? Probably not.
There’s a very slight (barely there) wood taste and the bristles aren’t as soft as I generally like, but those things aren’t a big deal. It still does the trick just fine.
Two issues I have are more to do with the company I purchased from:
1. The toothbrush cost $7.40 (Cdn), which isn’t that bad and which I’d pay again. However, the cost of shipping – $9.90 – was pretty absurd, especially considering the fact that it took almost a month to be delivered.
2. The toothbrush came in a massive box with lots of brown paper to pad it inside. Both the paper padding and the huge box were completely unnecessary. Why couldn’t it have been sent in an envelop, or even a much smaller box?
I’ll probably buy the toothbrush from another company when I need to replace it, but other than that, I have no complaints so far!