Are these bamboo brushes certified and safe to use in the EU?

Yes, our manufacturer acquired a CE certificate. To learn more about CE marking, click on this link. Please contact us if you wish to see the certificate. 

 

Is it FDA approved?

Yes, it’s approved by the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). For more information about our regulation number (872.6855) and GMP exemption, please refer to this article

To learn more about the FDA, click on this link.

Is it BPA-free?

It’s Bisphenol-A free certified (examined on charcoal-infused bristles). The stem is made from 100% bamboo so it’s naturally chemical-free. Non-toxic water-based paint is applied to partly coat the grip to provide a sleek design and act as water-proof.

Please contact us if you wish to see the certificate. 

 

What about BPS or other common BPA replacements?

No BPS or common BPA replacements involved.

Is this formaldehyde-free?

No formaldehyde involved.

Do you have a brush for Kids?

Our brushes are only available for Adults at the moment.

Will these brushes be suitable for a 1 & 4-year-old?

Not recommended. Please contact your dentist for professional advice.

Can I buy RatherThis products on Amazon?

We only distribute this product through our official web-based store at the moment.

What are the bristles made from?

Partially nylon-6 infused with charcoal filaments.

What is Nylon-6?

Nylon 6 is resistant to abrasion and has high tensile and impact strength, machinability, and elasticity. Its absorption capacity actually increases the more moisture it absorbs. Nylon 6 can be mixed with glass or carbon fibres to improve its performance, and it is non-toxic.

Nylon-6 is not biodegradable. It’s recyclable.

Are there 100% biodegradable bristles?

You can opt for plant-based or boar/pig hair bristles. However, boar bristles are not widely available, lower in quality, bacteria haven, and animal involved. You might need to replace them every 2 weeks as the bristles fray very quickly.

Please research carefully and ask for proof before purchasing, as many brands claim to be fully biodegradable.

Will the charcoal bristles discolour or stain my mouth?

It won’t unless you brush your teeth with charcoal powder or charcoal toothpaste.

What is used to give the bristles their colour?

Activated charcoal filaments are partly infused with the bristles to give it a natural colour. No chemicals involved.

Are these bristles soft, medium, or hard?

We only provide Soft bristles at the moment.

Do you have firm bristles? I’m afraid it will be too soft for me.

No firm bristles avaialbe at the moment. However, our bristles are not too soft either. It’s well-designed for Adult teeth, even the most sensitive.

Are the bristles too soft to the point where they don't clean anything?

The bristles are soft but effective enough to clean all areas within your mouth. Please brush properly, twice a day, floss your teeth, and use mouthwash if possible.

Does toothpaste have any negative effect on the charcoal bristles?

No, it doesn’t. Please brush with toothpaste to remove plaque (a sticky, harmful film of bacteria that grows on your teeth) to prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.

Can I use these with a charcoal powder whitener for the recommended usage time without damaging the bristles?

Go ahead. You won’t damage the bristles by using charcoal powder whitener.

Are the bristles cut straight or rounded?

Flat and cut straight, providing better cleaning in hard-to-reach areas within your mouth.

What is the toothbrush handle made of?

It’s made of Mao bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) which is wild grown in the Fujian mountains of China using little water and no pesticides. Bamboo is considered a grass and is known to be a highly renewable and sustainable resource.

What does the texture of the handle feel like? I’m not a fan of roughly textured bamboo and wood.

Smooth as silk, easy to grip, lightweight, and it gives you a natural organic feeling.

I understand the germs can build up on any toothbrush as you use them. Is there a way to disinfect bamboo toothbrushes?

Bamboo is naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial by default. Just keep your toothbrush in a dry and clean area. 

Why not just keep it all bamboo instead of painting part of the handle?

For water-proof purposes and to achieve a sleek aesthetic. Go green and stay elegant at the same time.

What is the base of paint?

It’s chemical-free water-based.

Is sealant applied on the bamboo handle to prevent bacteria & such from growing in the porous wood?

It’s sealant-free since bamboos are antibacterial and antimicrobial in nature.

How often should I change the toothbrush?

Every 1 to 3 months or as long as the bristles fray, recommended by dentists.

Should I air dry the brush after every use or dry it with a paper towel?

Always keep your toothbrush dry. If moisture remains on the brush, it can foster bacteria growth. If you use a bacteria-ridden toothbrush to clean your teeth, you increase your risk of developing dental problems.

No need to use a paper towel.

Can I use it without toothpaste?

Please use it as you use a conventional toothbrush. Brush with toothpaste.

Does this have a smooth finish so it doesn’t cause irritation within the mouth?

It might feel a little strange at first, especially when you’re used to plastic/electrical toothbrushes. 

But you’ll get used to it immediately after a few uses. It’s perfectly gentle for your mouth, teeth, and gum and causes no irritation.

Can I use this toothbrush on veneers or braces?

Yes, you can. Please seek your dentist for further professional advice.

Can I use this toothbrush for my pets?

Not recommended. It wasn’t designed for domestic animals.

Which part of the toothbrush is biodegradable?

The bamboo handle. It’s made of 100% natural bamboo.

Can I bury the bamboo stem in the soil in my backyard/garden?

Yes, it might take approximately 6 months for your bamboo stem to decompose into the soil.

Are the charcoal bristles biodegradable?

The bristles are made of Nylon-6 infused with charcoal filaments, which are NOT biodegradable.

How long do the nylon-6 bristles take to biodegrade?

Nylon-6 bristles ARE NOT biodegradable but recyclable only.

How do I recycle cardboard packaging?

You can flatten the box (make sure it’s clean, dry, contaminant-free) and discard them in the cardboard recycling facility in your area.

What is an Eco bubble mailer?

To deliver RatherThis toothbrush to your door in the best condition possible, we use a high-quality bubble mailer for this purpose. It’s made of recyclable cardboard but the bubble bedding inside is made of LDPE (Low-Density Polyethylene) to absorb shock and act as liquid-proof.

How do I recycle the Eco bubble mailer?

Please remove the bubble bedding and discard them like plastic #4, and the mailer as paperboard. Contact your local recycling authority if you have doubts.

You can also reuse it to store your personal small items.

Do I need to remove the bristles before composting?

Yes, you can use a pair of pliers to take off the bristles or just simply break the head apart.

How do I recycle the bristles safely after removing them from the toothbrush head? They seem tiny and scattered.

You can store them inside a plastic water bottle (till it fills up) and discard it in the dedicated recycling bin.

Can I put these in my composter instead of the trash?

Yes, you can. But please remove the bristles before disregarding them since they are not compostable.

Where is the origin of this product?

Our toothbrushes were designed in Lisbon, Portugal, and manufactured in Zhejiang province, China.

Why made in China?

China is the world-leading bamboo producer and home to where most bamboo is grown for commercial purposes. Due to its competitive and highly skilled workforce, we’re able to provide a fair price accompanied by premium standards.

Is it ethical?

Bamboos are grown, harvested, and developed into different products in mainland China. No transportation of raw materials by any means involved.

Our supplier which inspected by TÜV Rheinland ensures all parts of production are safe, efficient, and focuses on the health of the workers.

Why bamboo?

Bamboo is a fast-growing, renewable, and easy-to-grow material that requires zero chemicals and pesticides.  It’s also self-regenerates from its own roots, so it doesn’t need to be replanted. Bamboo is very sustainable.

Are these suitable for vegans?

Yes, it’s perfect for vegans.

Is it cruelty-free?

No testing on animals involved.

Pandas eat bamboo though. Wer'e taking away their food!

Giant pandas only consume the four or five kinds that grow in their habitat of southwestern China. Giant pandas rely on Pseudosasa japonica (arrow bamboo), although they have been known to also eat Phyllostachys nigra (black bamboo) and Phyllostachys bissetii (bissetii bamboo).

Our products are made from Mao/Moso bamboo (Phyllostachys edulis) which panda don’t like to eat!

What is Moso bamboo?

Phyllostachys edulis (Mao or Moso Bamboo) is a remarkable evergreen bamboo with huge, upright, very thick, gray-green canes surmounted by plumes of small, pale green leaves. This bamboo can grow over 3 ft. (90 cm) in one day.

It’s the world’s largest hardy bamboo and native to Caucasus, China, eastern Asia.

Where can I find information related to Shipping & Delivery?

Please visit our Shipping FAQs dedicated only to this matter. 

Where can I find information related to Refund & Exchange?

Please visit our Refund Policy dedicated only to this matter. 

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