Why we love Grin Natural
Grin Natural is a Kiwi based company that makes eco-friendly toothbrushes and 100% natural toothpastes. They began just 5 years ago and are now stocked across New Zealand in over 600 retailers, including dental clinics. They must be doing something right.
Bamboo toothbrushes are really popular at the moment. Bamboo is fast and easy to grow and is therefore sustainable. It is also completely natural. Once you’re finished with your toothbrush just pop the bamboo handle into your home compost bin and let nature do the rest.
Bamboo toothbrushes are also comparably priced to buying a plastic toothbrush. There really is no longer an excuse for buying plastic toothbrushes anymore. Buy bamboo now and let your eco-friendly conscience sleep better at night.
What we love about Grin is that they are the first company (that we know of) who have made an alternative to both plastic and bamboo toothbrushes. Bamboo isn’t for everyone. It takes a little more work to look after, especially if your bathroom is cold and damp. Bamboo can go mouldy and no one wants a mouldy toothbrush! So Grin has solved this problem and come up with toothbrushes made from cornstarch.
Available in 3 colours, cornstarch toothbrushes are also fully biodegradable. They take a little longer than bamboo, but are a great compromise between plastic and bamboo.
The thing we love the most about Grin Natural is that they are a zero-waste focused company. Dentists all agree that the best material for toothbrush bristles is nylon – a plastic. After all, a toothbrush has only one job – to clean your teeth! So as not to compromise on teeth cleanliness or eco-friendliness, Grin Natural have created a recycling program that allows you to return all bristles and toothpaste tubes (for free) and they ensure that they are fully recycled. Brilliant! Well done Grin Natural.
We are all becoming more and more aware that plastic lasts forever! And that every toothbrush we have ever used still exists today. I’m 35 years old, and in my life, if I have had a new brush every 3 months as recommended by dentists, then I have used up to 140 plastic toothbrushes. It is crazy to think that every single one of those brushes still exists somewhere in the world. And will continue to exist for hundreds of years to come.
Toothbrushes are washing up on beaches all over the world. This photo taken by Alex Hofford for Greenpeace shows the brushes that have washed up on the beaches of Hawaii.
When I’ve watched The Island with Bear Grylls, I’ve seen toothbrushes washed up on remote unpopulated islands – Sorry, I’m not much of a traveller myself.
It is a real issue that we ALL need to change. When you buy your next toothbrush, do Mother-Earth a favour and make it an eco-friendly, biodegradable one.