Frequently Asked Questions About Our Materials
What are the bristles made from?
This special bristle is Made in the USA and composed of 62% Castor Bean Oil and 38% plastic. These bristles are biobased, but still not biodegradable. Prior to the invention of nylon in the 1930s, pig hair was used for toothbrush bristles worldwide. Today, pig hair remains the only biodegradable option — and in today’s world it is a very controversial material. We hope you’ll support our brand as we push bristle manufacturers to develop better plant-based alternatives to nylon. This new bristle that we are now using is the best available option. All in all, we think our toothbrush is a “step in the right direction” because it results in less than 0.1 ounces of plastic waste (bristles), whereas the conventional plastic toothbrush is all plastic. If you would like to use a fully biodegradable toothbrush, pig hair toothbrushes are available online from other companies. However, pig hair bristles are very hard and stiff – something dentists do not recommend. Neem sticks are another option – they are the only fully plant-based and fully biodegradable alternative for oral care (we now offer neem sticks for sale on our website). We sincerely believe our bamboo toothbrush is the easiest switch. Note about other companies claiming to have “Biodegradable bristles”: please beware of these inexperienced companies peddling unverified Chinese-made bristles. The bristles they are using, according to their own testing paperwork, are made from PLA, which is made from GMO-corn. We have spent years eliminating PLA from our packaging – the last thing we are going to do is put it in our bristles. The last thing you want to put in your children’s mouth is a bristle made from pure GMO corn.
Is Brush with Bamboo vegan?
Yes all of our products are vegan: no animal testing, no animal parts. Only plant-based components are used.
What is the compostable wrapper/bag made from?
Regular plastic is made from petroleum. Our wrapper is made from Polylactic Acid (PLA). PLA is derived plants – mainly from cornstarch – and is compostable in commerical facilities according to the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) standards. Please dispose of our wrapper in a city or commercial composting facility only. Do not try to put the wrapper into your home or backyard compost, as it requires heat to breakdown..
We are most definitely aware of the issues surrounding the use and production of the industrial corn from which PLA is derived. Corn production may involve controversial genetic manipulation, and also uses fertilizers and pesticides. We do not support these practices AT ALL. Accordingly, we are in the process of making the switch to a Cellulose wrapper, which does not use corn and is plant-based. The cellulose wrapper will hopefully be in production soon.
Where is Brush with Bamboo made?
Our toothbrushes are a Product of USA and China. Our special plant-based bristles are made in the USA. All other components are made in China. Click here to view photos of our team and operations in China. We’ve gone the extra mile to ensure safety: the toothbrushes are verified chemical-free and BPA-free by U.S. testing agencies. We also have a full-time American-managed team on the ground in China ensuring worker safety, cleanliness, and good working conditions.
Given that you’re harvesting bamboo, what about panda welfare?
We use Moso bamboo to make our brushes. Pandas eat 42 species of bamboo, but Moso bamboo is not one of them. So this type of bamboo is not food for pandas, nor do pandas inhabit the area where we harvest.
What type of bamboo is used and is it sustainably grown?
The type of bamboo used for our toothbrushes is Giant Moso Bamboo, which is a bamboo timber. Our bamboo comes from a mountain range in South China where it grows wild – covering entire mountains. Accordingly, this is not farmed bamboo – it is wild harvested organic bamboo. No pesticides or fertilizers are ever used – in fact, it would be impossible to do so. Our bamboo is never even watered – it is entirely rain-fed. When a stalk of bamboo is cut to make toothbrushes, another bamboo stalk takes its place and grows to full length (50-75ft) in only 2 years! See Rich and Ro pictured with fresh organic bamboo below. This bamboo is boiled in pure water, then air dried, then carved into toothbrushes – that’s it. Just pure, natural, organic bamboo.
Shipping and Returns
Where are orders shipped from?
All orders are shipped from our Los Angeles office in Diamond Bar, CA.
Do I have to pay customs duties?
For non-USA customers, import duty and taxes may be due when importing goods, whether by a private individual or a commercial entity. These charges, if any, are not included in the checkout total, and all such charges will be collected by local customs authority from the importer (you) at the time of delivery.
What returns do you accept?
We accept returns of products purchased on BrushwithBamboo.com. If you purchased your product from another retailer please return it to that retailer.
What is your return policy?
If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase made on Brush with Bamboo, simply return it we will happily credit your original form of payment. Please email us at email@example.com or call at +1 (909) 265-4ECO. We are here to help you!
Where do I send my return?
You can send your returns to:
Brush with Bamboo Returns
324 S. Diamond Bar Blvd. #354
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Make sure to enclose a copy of your original invoice and include your Return Authorization Number. Please select a shipping method that provides a tracking number and delivery confirmation, and keep a copy of these numbers for your records. Sorry – we can’t be responsible for lost returns.
My product has a manufacturing defect, what should I do?
We do our best to make sure each item is perfect, but occasionally there can be a glitch. If you have a quality problem with one of our products, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If possible, please include a photo!