Adult toothbrush made from bioplastic
Behind these colorful toothbrushes, there is an overall concept of sustainable oral care products that conserve resources. The bioplastic used is made from wood residues. 4 colors to choose from.
Instead of incinerating the remains of the wood processing industry to create thermal energy, the company Biobrush decided to transform them into toothbrushes with a negligible carbon footprint.
These eco-friendly toothbrushes and their packaging contain a very small percentage of fossil fuels.
The result is an ecological, aesthetic toothbrush designed for good oral hygiene.
What materials are they made of ?
Cellulose from the remains of the wood industry is used to make bioplastic. The handles and packaging of the toothbrushes are made from this bioplastic.
Natural softeners are added to the bioplastic. The natural pigments in the dyes are carefully selected, with heavy metal levels well below the usual thresholds. These toothbrushes do not contain bisphenol A (endocrine disruptor). Finally, the nylon bristles of the toothbrushes are made from natural castor oil. According to independent dentists, nylon remains the most hygienic material for oral care.
Biobrush uses only minimal amounts of fossil raw materials in the production of the bioplastic, the bristles and the packaging. The wood comes from sustainable forestry.
Do they really work ?
Biobrush, a toothbrush validated by dentistsBiobrush has obviously taken into account the recommendations of independent dentists, research institutes and manufacturers in order to design toothbrushes offering excellent oral hygiene.
- Evenly cut bristles
Rounded bristles to reach interdental spaces
- Medium to soft bristles
According to experts, soft bristles provide a good cleaning result while protecting the gums.
- Brush head
Efficient brushing, allowing optimal access to all teeth.
- Bristle tufts : multi-tufted
Tighter bristle tufts optimise the brushing result. However, the bristle tufts have spaces in between, which are essential for drying the brush and preventing the build-up of bacteria.
- Curved head
Facilitates access to the molars.
What happens to them at the end of their life ?
The dyes used correspond to the DIN EN13432 standard. The bioplastic is biodegradable according to DIN EN ISO 14855, but the nylon of the brush is not. The award-winning packaging is compostable.
The management of bioplastics in terms of recycling is still in its infancy. Sorting centre managers are faced with the challenge of recycling these new materials, a challenge that must also take into account economic profitability. Thermal recovery provides electricity, heat and energy for households. So you can throw your toothbrush in the household waste bin!
What if a biobrush ends up in the landscape ?
Conventional plastic can take over 400 years to decompose.
The German Federal Environment Agency stated in 2013 that even after an extremely long time (> 400 years) of continuous shredding, complete decomposition is not possible.
The bioplastic will only need a fraction of this time to decompose.
Depending on climatic conditions, 94% of the biobrush will decompose within a few years. Nylon is not yet biodegradable. As soon as an equally hair-friendly and biodegradable material is ready to be marketed, Biobrush is committed to applying it.
The Penn'Ty Bio opinion
What we liked was the concept of transforming materials that until now were considered as waste. Rather than taking raw materials from our environment, we might as well use the residues of wood processing !
An excellent alternative to the conventional toothbrush. A toothbrush that meets medical and hygiene requirements and is environmentally friendly.
Handle made from wood chips. Brush made from natural castor oil.
Versions for children
These brushes are available in 2 colours (blue and pink) for children
In pictures ...
The Green Product Award is an annual international competition for innovative and sustainable products and services. The competition has been open since 2013 and has since received submissions from over 40 countries. The Biobrush toothbrush has been selected for the 2018 Green Product Award.
Biobrush received the "Green good Design Award" in the category "Green Product". This is awarded by the European Centre for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chigago Atheneaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. Good Design was founded in Chigago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Edgar Kaumann, Jr. to promote and foster greater public understanding and acceptance of modern design.
In 2018, biobrush won the German Design Award for "Excellend Communications Design / Packaging". This is what the jury said: 'The minimalist design of the packaging is emblematic of the brand's pursuit of sustainability, while at the same time emphasising the aesthetic and ergonomic quality of the product.
Biobrush wins the Red Dot Award: 'Best ot the best' in the product design 2017 category! Here is the jury's statement: "With its monochrome, purist design, the biobrush toothbrush surprises with a clear and memorable design language. The well thought-out ergonomics make the toothbrush easy to handle, offering great comfort in daily use. As part of the basic design idea, the concept of overall sustainability has been implemented very well. This toothbrush embodies an innovative concept that reflects a strong sense of direction for future designs.
Biobrush wins the German Packaging Award in the "Sustainability" category for the packaging of the sealed pocket toothbrush made of cellulose-based bioplastic with a recycled cardboard tab. The jury of the 2016 German Packaging Award considered every detail: "The side-sealed bag made of cellulose-based bioplastic is combined with the lowest possible amount of raw material. Printing is reduced to a minimum. A sustainable concept from the packaging material to its design convinced the jury.
More about Berlin Biobrush
Behind these colourful toothbrushes is a comprehensive concept of sustainable oral care products that conserve resources.
Every detail has been analysed: the printing inks, the compostable coating, the choice of bioplastic pigments, and of course the shape of the object, everything that characterises a good toothbrush.
The startup biobrush has been working on this project with enthusiasm and commitment since 2015. The result is a toothbrush that meets medical and hygiene requirements and is environmentally friendly.
Thanks to its purist appearance and flashy colours, it is an immediate eye-catcher in any bathroom.
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