The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush Review
Posted on 21 August 2017 by Leonie Satori
Natural, environmentally friendly toothbrushes are hard to find, but the Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush is set apart from many other natural toothbrushes on the market. This article looks at the design, usefulness and the environmental impact of this toothbrush.
The Natural Family Co. are best known for their range of kids toothpastes and toothbrushes (under the name Jack n' Jill), but the most recent additions to their range of oral hygiene products includes some natural toothpastes for the whole family and of course, their new Bio Toothbrushes, which I have been eager to try out for myself.
The Design Features of The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush
Undoubtedly, the first feature that you notice about The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush is the stylish design, it is visually more appealing than other natural toothbrushes and this design carries through to the way the product feels in hand. The sleek design speaks of opulence and elegance rather than the practical budget design of many natural toothbrushes.
Rather than the rough surface of a bamboo toothbrush, The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush is smooth to feel, maybe not something that is all that important with a toothbrush, but a discernible difference none-the-less. The stylised S-shape of The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush is worlds apart from two dimensional natural bamboo type toothbrushes. This shape allows the user to easily access the rear of the mouth and navigate their way through brushing difficult to reach areas of the mouth with ease.
Another aesthetic feature with the design is the weighting and ergonomics, as you can see from the above photo, there is a certain 'balance' to this toothbrush. Just like a chef and their favourite knife, or a musician and their favourite guitar, The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush is made with balanced efficiency of design.
Interestingly, the handle of The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush is a single piece design. Unlike conventional toothbrushes that can seem overdone with added features, The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush handle is simplified and stripped bare - with only the necessary features. This minimalist design is accentuated with the smooth-feel of the whole handle.
The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush is available in twin packs, but with their single toothbrush they have a little toothbrush stand included . This toothbrush stand serves to allow the toothbrush to sit upright when not in use. The lower section of the handle of the toothbrush is flattened to allow it to fit comfortably in the stand. The stand is solid, has a good flat base and is not overly bulky.
So, what makes this toothbrush 'natural'?
Most conventional toothbrushes are made with plastic, and in Australia it is estimated that around 30 million toothbrushes contribute to 1000 tonnes of landfill every year in Australia. Primarily it is the handle and the, lets call it 'over the top' plastic packaging that contributes unnecessarily to our ever-growing issue with waste from conventional toothbrushes.
The two main components with the The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush that address this are the toothbrush handle and the packaging. The Natural Family Co. pride themselves on packaging all of their products with biodegradable materials with a minimalist approach, so you can simply unpack your toothbrush and throw the packaging in your compost bin - easy.
With the handle being the biggest part of the brush, The Natural Family Co. have addressed this by using non-GM corn starch, which is totally biodegradable.
What are the other materials used to make The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush?
Obviously, every toothbrush needs bristles. When we researched the materials used to make toothbrushes, even the natural bamboo toothbrushes, we found one common material - nylon. Most know that nylon is a man-made fibre, but according to our research (and confirmation from The Natural Family Co. themselves), nylon is considered to be the industry standard for toothbrush bristles. While it is not biodegradable, nylon is recyclable, and for The Natural Family Co., they have expressed that they are following new research on biodegradable bristles for toothbrushes, and we hope it will only be a few years until we will use a toothbrush with biodegradable bristles.
The base stand of The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush is a unique feature for this toothbrush. It is designed to be a non-disposable product, as in, this is an investment piece for your bathroom vanity. The base is made from synthetic resin that has been chosen for its weight and density. This stand of the toothbrush is designed to be small and sturdy enough so that it doesn't fall over in your bathroom and keeps your toothbrush hygienically dry and clean. While you can purchase twin packs of The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush without the stand, we think this unique one-off purchase item is a valuable investment.
Using The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush
As mentioned earlier, the ergonomic design and feel of The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush makes it pleasant to use, and the weight, balance and texture of the corn starch handle make tooth brushing a little less of a chore. The size of the brush head is neither too small nor cumbersome, so you can achieve good tooth coverage when brushing. The bristles are soft to medium strength and all the one length - which is one feature that I personally would change, as I prefer variable bristle length for maximum tooth brushing coverage.
The stand that comes with The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush is a feature that I especially like, I find it easy to use and a bit of a space-saver. The only thing with the stand is that you need to clean and empty it pretty regularly, otherwise you will get a puddle in the base of the stand in which your toothbrush will be sitting.
Overall, I am impressed with this natural toothbrush. From our communication with The Natural Family Co. about their Bio Toothbrush, the three main components of the actual toothbrush (once you have composted the packaging) need to be treated separately, that is, the stand is a keeper, the nylon bristles need to be removed and recycled, and the handle is to be buried or composted. Knowing that my own oral hygiene and toothbrush use is not contributing to the tonnes of plastic waste in Australian landfill is definitely a comfort. Although I am still fond of a good basic design biodegradable bamboo toothbrush, The Natural Family Co. Bio Toothbrush will definitely be a favourite for its sleek design, ease of use and practicality.
About the Author
Leonie is a Naturopath & Medical Herbalist with a passion for good food, healthy living and of course, herbal medicine. When she is not consulting in her wellness clinic in Lismore or blogging about nutrition, Ayurvedic Medicine or natural health, she is studying yoga, growing her own herbs and vegetables or quietly walking in the natural bush land in Northern Rivers NSW.
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