The Kumar Family: Rishi, Manju, Rohit, Vinnie. As part of our shift to a more sustainable lifestyle, we converted our tract home in California into an organic farm called The Growing Home that grows 5000 lbs. of food annually and harvests rainwater. The house has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and is the subject of a documentary film called Urban Fruit. We have a family business that has been in operation for 30 years making jewelry for women and little girls. As our lifestyle became more environmentally-conscious, we decided to support our elder son Rohit’s idea for an eco-friendly toothbrush. Brush with Bamboo combines the wisdom of three decades of experience in business with the enthusiasm and creativity of our two sons. Today, we manufacture the most eco-friendly toothbrush available.
Rohit ‘Ro’ Kumar. I studied environmental issues while a student at UC Berkeley and Stanford. When I couldn’t find a good eco-friendly alternative to the plastic toothbrush, I saw it as an opportunity to create a business that would reduce a major plastic waste stream. To learn more about plastic pollution, I highly recommend the blog My Plastic Free Life by Beth Terry, one of the world’s leading plastic activists. Beth has endorsed our product as her “new favorite toothbrush.”
Over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes that will never biodegrade are dumped in landfills and oceans every year worldwide. Founded on the belief that little changes can make a big difference for our health and the planet, Brush with Bamboo’s goal is to replace plastic toothbrushes with the ecological bamboo alternative.
It is critical for our society to vote against plastic. Purchasing an alternative like Brush with Bamboo is a vote for non toxic sustainable materials. Every piece of plastic ever created is still in existence. The plastic pollution crisis is so severe that 5 gyres of floating plastic, each the size of the United States, have swelled up in our oceans. Your support allows us to develop ever-better ecological options to help reduce plastic waste.
In the photo to the left, notice the large amount of plastic toothbrush waste that is washing up on our shores. Plastic toothbrushes can be found in every plastic waste dump. They can be found floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and have even been found inside the stomachs of Albatross birds.
Plastic recycling is not a solution to the crisis. Most of our plastic waste is landfilled, downcycled, incinerated or exported to other countries. Recycling plastic is costly and does not stop the production of virgin plastic products. This is why toothbrushes made from recycled plastic are not a solution.
Plastic affects human health.. Harmful chemicals leached by plastics are present in the bloodstream and tissues of almost every human being, including newborns.
Since beginning our journey brushing with bamboo, we have been featured in: