According to Dental Tribune International, a German manufacturer (Zahoransky Group, renown for the production of toothbrushes, interdental brushes, and mascara brushes, since 1902) has developed ecological toothbrushes made from cardboard. These will be presented for the first time in InterBrush—a tradeshow in the lovely city of Freiburg, this year in May.
The number of disposable devices used in dental care (and medical care in general) is tremendous. Replacing all these plastic or similar items with environmentally-friendly products would be a remarkable achievement. The producer has announced that the targeted market for the cardboard toothbrush is not limited to hotel and dental office use, but also addresses home use by dental patients. While regular toothbrushes should be changed every 2 months or so for optimal results and hygiene purposes, you could chose to try the brush-once-and-dispose system at home on a regular basis; this guilt-free, fully recyclable, biodegradable toothbrush is sure to get plenty of admirers.
The idea of a natural toothbrush does have a long history. But does anybody still own a toothbrush with natural bristles and wooden handle? The younger may have never even seen one. Some people manage to find fine bamboo brushes, but that isn’t usually a common purchase at the supermarket.
Simple solution, cheap implementation
The use of bio-based raw materials has now become more and more of a trend. Besides, the molding technology developed by the German manufacturer and inspired by the manufacturing process of colored pencils, seems to be particularly cost efficient.
Compared to the scientifically intricate developments in modern dental care, this is an uncomplicated innovation; yet, for the designer’s point of view, as well as from the eco-responsible end user, the cardboard toothbrush is a particularly inspirational idea. Experimental designers have already developed cardboard kids’ furniture, toys, office furniture, sculptures and other concepts, exploring the countless possibilities.
These brushes will not have the usual plastic-and-batteries look of the toothbrushes we usually buy at the local store: expect an evocative color that makes you think of cedar and pine wood.