10 Zero Waste Toothbrush Brands for the Best Smile

10 Zero Waste Toothbrush Brands for the Best Smile

I have a dental assistant for a mom so it’s safe to say I know a thing or two about dental care. Growing up, I was taught to always brush my teeth at least twice a day, floss at night, use mouthwash at least once or twice a day, visit the dentist every 6 months. And since switching over to a more zero waste dental routine, that hasn’t changed much. Except now, I don’t use the toothbrushes made entirely from virgin plastic. According to the American Dental Association, one billion plastic toothbrushes are thrown away each year in the United States, creating 50 million pounds of waste. Instead, how about using one of these zero waste toothbrush options?

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10 Zero Waste Toothbrush Brands for the Best Smile

10 Zero Waste Toothbrush Brands for the Best Smile

Are bamboo toothbrushes zero waste?

Yes, bamboo toothbrushes are zero waste because the natural bamboo handle is 100% biodegradable and compostable. It can be safely added to a compost heap.

Even with non-compostable bristles, bamboo toothbrushes still eliminate 90% of the plastic used in traditional toothbrushes. And this helps reduce a lot of waste. You just snap off the top and compost the rest. Or, using heavy duty pliers, you can remove the bristles and compost the entire handle.

That said, there are certain brands making bamboo toothbrushes with compostable bristles! More on that in a bit.

What’s the most eco-friendly toothbrush?

The most eco-friendly toothbrush is the one you already have. Let me explain: Tossing out a perfectly good toothbrush in favor of a “sustainable” alternative is wasteful. It kind of defeats the point. Instead, use up the one you have, then swap it out for a better option (like the ones listed below).

Ideally, the most eco-friendly toothbrush will be:

  • Plastic-free or have a recycled handle
  • Biodegradable bristles or bristles made from recycled content
  • Packaged thoughtfully, with minimal waste
  • From a reputable brand that sources their materials ethically + sustainably. Plus gives back to the environment is a bonus (like being a B corp or a 1% For The Planet member)
  • Be closed-loop (offer some kind of recycling or take-back program IF the toothbrush cannot be composted – like Preserve does – more on that later).

Is there a biodegradable toothbrush?

Yes, there are plenty of biodegradable toothbrush options. For starters, bamboo is a great material for most biodegradable toothbrushes, as it’s renewable and water-resistant. Almost all the brands listed below have biodegradable toothbrush handles that can be composted.

Bamboo is an environmentally sustainable material, the world’s fastest naturally renewing resource. It’s anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial making it a perfect choice for a toothbrush.

However, please keep in mind biodegradable isn’t the end-all must-have you may think it is. First up, remember the difference between biodegradable + compostable. An item can be compostable + biodegradable, but just because an item is biodegradable, doesn’t mean it’s compostable.

Instead of solely focusing on biodegradability, we should also consider the impact of the materials in our toothbrushes. Some other sustainable toothbrush options include items made from recycled plastic (Preserve + Radius offer this).

Is there a toothbrush with biodegradable bristles?

Yes, there is a toothbrush with biodegradable bristles. Life Without Plastic sells completely plastic-free toothbrushes with natural bristles. The whole toothbrush can be composted at the end of its life. However, please be aware they are made of thoroughly disinfected boar hair.

Here’s a break down of the kinds of toothbrush bristles you’ll likely encounter:

  • Boar bristle toothbrushes: These bristles are the only truly compostable option currently have available. Not exactly a vegan friendly option, but I’ve included one in my list here if you’re interested.
  • Castor bean oil: This is a very popular alternative popping up in many zero waste toothbrushes. They’re a a relatively new alternative to nylon bristles. While castor bean (AKA Ricinus communis) is a flowering plant, to transform it into bristles means mixing it with a complex, chemically intensive process. This turns the materials into into nylon-11, and the biodegradability of Nylon 11 is still up in the air. Still, it’s a vegan-friendly alternative and beats straight up virgin plastic most toothbrush bristles use.
  • Nylon bristles: Many toothbrushes still use this. Nylon is just another word for plastic. However, some brands are utilizing recycled nylon to make their bristles, which certainly lowers the carbon footprint.

What are the best zero waste toothbrush brands?

The best zero waste toothbrush brands are the ones I’ve listed below! All of these brands check off many of the boxes an ideal sustainable toothbrush would have.

Not only do most of these toothbrushes eliminate or minimize plastic, but many of these brands find other ways to give back to the environment. Even better, some support a fully closed-loop system I fully idolize.

I wouldn’t be surprised if I update this list as time goes on. So make sure to bookmark and pin this post for later!

Brush With Bamboo: 10 Zero Waste Toothbrush Brands for the Best Smile

1. Brush with Bamboo

  • Bamboo toothbrush made with FSC certified bamboo handle
  • Set of 2
  • Bristles made from 100% Castor Bean Oil + USDA Certified 100% Biobased
  • Standard soft + Extra soft bristle options
  • The box encasing the toothbrush is made from paper – no tape or glue used
  • Green American Certified, vegan, + BPA-Free

Image credit: Brush With Bamboo (Instagram: @Brushwithbamboo)

Ecoroots: 10 Zero Waste Toothbrush Brands for the Best Smile

2. Ecoroots

  • Bamboo toothbrush
  • Set of 4
  • Recyclable Nylon Soft Bristle 
  • Plastic-Free Shipping & Recyclable Packaging
  • Vegan + cruelty-free

Image credit: Ecoroots (Instagram: @Ecoroots)

The Humble Co: 10 Zero Waste Toothbrush Brands for the Best Smile

3. The Humble Co

  • Bamboo toothbrush
  • BPA-free, nylon bristles
  • Sustainably harvested
  • Vegan + cruelty-free
  • Packaged in recyclable box with compostable inside wrapper made from plants

Image credit: The Humble Co (Instagram: @Thehumbleco)


4. Huppy

  • Bamboo toothbrush made from Moso Bamboo and castor beans
  • Two-pack
  • 100% plant-based + fully compostable
  • Vegan + cruelty-free

Image credit: Huppy (Instagram @Huppy)

Zero Waste Store toothbrush

5. Zero Waste Store

  • Organic bamboo toothbrush with castor bean bristles
  • 1, 2, 4, + 8 pack options
  • Subscription option available
  • Comes packaged in a recyclable cardboard box
  • Vegan + cruelty-free

Image credit: Zero Waste Store

Life Without Platic Toothbrush

6. Life Without Plastic

  • 100% compostable bamboo toothbrush with bristles made from boar hair
  • Set of 10
  • Comes in a recyclable cardboard box
  • BPA-free, phthalate-free, PVC-free and lead-free

Image credit: Life Without Plastic

Etee Toothbrush

7. Etee

  • Bamboo toothbrush with a replaceable head
  • Single + 4 pack options
  • FSC certified bamboo + castor bean bristles
  • Base is dipped in water-based paint to help you tell them apart
  • Plant-based

Image credit: Etee

Radius Toothbrush

8. Radius

  • Toothbrush made with repurposed materials
  • Gum-massaging heads are replaceable
  • Handle made from recycled wood, paper + dollar bills
  • Dye-free bristles made from vegetable based nylon
  • Made for lefties + right-handed brushers

Image credit: Radius (Instagram @madebyradius)

Etee Electric Toothbrush

9. Etee electric toothbrush

  • Electric toothbrush with replaceable head
  • 100% recyclable body and charging dock, made of plastics and metals
  • Heads are made with bamboo + castor bean bristles
  • Subscription option: Ships 3 new brush heads every 6 months
  • 90 Day Money Back Guarantee + a 1 year warranty

Imade credit: Etee

Preserve Toothbrush

10. Preserve

  • Toothbrush made from recycled yogurt cups + plastic #5 (typically hard to recycle items!)
  • Designed by dental professionals
  • BPA-free
  • Made in the USA
  • Take-back program to recycle old Preserve toothbrushes
  • Closed loop system

Image credit: Preserve (Instagram: @Preserveproducts)

What do you think of these zero waste toothbrush options? Which would you try? Let me know in the comments below!

Looking to create a zero waste dental routine? Check out my blog posts about zero waste mouthwash and zero waste toothpaste.

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By Ariana Storniolo (Palmieri)

Ariana Storniolo is the founder of Greenify-Me, a blog dedicated to zero waste and sustainability. Her work has also been featured on Going Zero Waste, Green Matters, Mother Earth Living and several other online publications.


  1. There is an Australian guy making bamboo toothbrush that have replaceable heads less than the one shown above. He is just waiting for a patent, and of course shipping to North America does not make sense but the Aussies will benefit.

    1. Hi Susan,

      Oooo, really? What’s the brand? If you could drop a link to their IG or website I’d love to check them out! 🙂 Glad to see more options opening up, even if it’s not US based.

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