The Oral Health Foundation approves first bamboo toothbrush

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The Oral Health Foundation has given its seal of approval to a bamboo toothbrush for the first time. The charity’s expert panel has officially accredited the Bambooth range of brushes. 

The Bambooth collection features brushes, which have a muso bamboo handle. Muso bamboo is the fastest-growing renewable material in the world and it is also biodegradable. The brushes will offer an eco-friendly, sustainable alternative to plastic devices. 

Dr Ben Atkins, president of the Oral Health Foundation, said that the news represented a major step forward for the organisation’s accreditation programme. Dr Atkins explained that many consumers are looking for ways to adopt a greener way of living, and simple switches like using reusable water bottles and swapping a plastic toothbrush for a bamboo brush could make all the difference in terms of plastic consumption. 

Bambooth brushes are suitable for adults and children, and as well as offering a greener alternative to plastic brushes, they also have slimmer necks, which makes handling easier. With this innovative bamboo brush, customers can enjoy a thorough clean, while also being comfortable and enjoying peace of mind that they’re helping to protect the environment. The brushes are the latest products to gain Oral Health Foundation accreditation. Over the past 30 years, the panel has approved more than 1,000 products, which meet strict criteria linked to quality, efficacy and evidence-based development. 

Around a third of people currently use manual toothbrushes in the UK and the average consumer will go through up to 324 brushes in their lifetime. Swapping plastic brushes for a bamboo product could cut plastic consumption considerably in years to come.

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