A biodegradable toothbrush! - Isshah Bamboo Toothbrush Review

Plastic toothbrushes are the new plastic straws.
The average person with good hygiene changes their toothbrush at least twice a year. That means up to 40 grams of plastic per person per year. As of 2019, there were about 328.2 million people in the United States. If every person used two plastic toothbrushes a year, that's over 13,128 million grams of plastic waste. Okay, if you Americans (I say this as though I am not a yeehaw-ing American myself) don't do metric, that's about 28,942,286 pounds of plastic trash.

From that tiny little toothbrush you don't even think about until you have coffee breath.

Recently I've been using the Isshah bamboo toothbrush. Y'all wanna know how much of a nerd I am? This is what I asked for for my eighteenth birthday present.

Before we go any further, I want to stress to you that I'm not getting paid for this. I'm not even getting paid in exposure for this. I'm posting because I want more people to use less plastic, and this toothbrush is an easy way to do that!

Some notes on Isshah tootbrushes:

  • The handle is made of bamboo, the bristles of nylon.

  • Isshah's packaging says every part of the brush is biodegradable. Nylon is a petroleum-derived polymer- AKA plastic product- that can be recycled in some places (check your county's recycling website). I don't think it's biodegradable, although I have limited knowledge of chemistry. So far, the only biodegradable bristle I've seen is made of boar bristles. Like, off a dead pig. I'll take the nylon.
  • Bamboo, however, is biodegradable!
    I'm wary about bamboo. On one hand, using something biodegradable makes a lot less waste than using plastic, and it probably has less toxins to leak into our skin and turn us all into lizard-people (that's what toxins do, right?). One the other hand, about a decade ago bamboo forests in China were facing severe deforestation. /In the voice of the girl from Magic Schoolbus/ AcCORdiNG to mY resEARCH, the deforestation has not been as bad as of late.
    With the knowledge I have right now- I say this because there's always something new to find out that can shift a person's view- I try to prioritize using renewable resources. So I choose to use bamboo.

  • A pack of 4 Isshah toothbrushes costs about $7 on Amazon, where as a pack of 4 plastic Colgate brushes costs about $9.
  • One Isshah brush lasted me about 6 months, as long as a plastic brush would.
  • It's bamboo part is thicker than a plastic toothbrush, so initially I was worried it was going to tear up my mouth, but it just took a few days to get used to it. Now it feels painless and normal!
  • The tines are charcoal-infused? I don't quite understand the benefits of charcoal and whether there are any or if it's just a trend. They look cool, though.
  • If you're interested, you can find Isshah products on Amazon and at their website.
As I said, plastic toothbrushes are the new plastic straws. We don't realize how much unnecessary waste they produce because they're small and seem insignificant, but one small switch could make a huge difference in how much waste we send to the landfill... or the ocean.

Also like plastic straws, changing to a biodegradable toothbrush won't solve everything. We can't stop being vigilant about waste because we made one waste-reducing change.

Anywho, they're ripping out all the trees next door and it's making me feel all the more hippie-ish. Questions? Comment? Concerns? Sharp retorts? Incoherent mutterings? Send them all to me in the comments below, via email, or on Facebook, Instagram, and Tiktok. I only have TikTok for 12 more days so don't miss out.

World peace and love,

Heather <3


  1. Can't speak to the nylon, but one of the big benefits of bamboo is that it grows far faster than normal wood - so you can treat it more like a crop, and less like an old-growth forest. Pre-pandemic, I saw my grocery store was carrying bamboo toilet paper. I haven't tried toothbrushes yet, but will have to consider!

    1. I didn't know that about bamboo! That's awesome. I'll have to look for the bamboo toilet paper.

  2. I know I'm late but I love this! When I got cups for my new apartment, I got bamboo ones. I'll do the same with my toothbrush when it's time to replace-- never would have thought of it!

    1. Thank you so much for reading and commenting Marisa, you're the best! I'm so glad you've found bamboo cups, I'll definitely be looking for those when I need new ones.


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