by Tammy Taylor~
As hard as I try to eliminate waste, there are some places where I just sigh & accept that plastic landfill-bound trash is just a part of my life. To eliminate the revolving trash of replacing my worn toothbrushes over & over, I tried bamboo toothbrushes. I loved the concept of compostability, and was willing to power through a different experience for this lower-waste option. But I had some issues with the bristles coming out in my mouth. And more importantly I just could never get used to the feel of bamboo in my mouth.
Plus since it had nylon bristles, the toothbrush head portion wasn’t compostable. So that meant at the end of the toothbrush’s life I either had to snap off the head and throw it away, or soak & pull the bristles out with a pair of pliers and throw them in the trash before composting the rest. Ugh… So with a sigh I went back to traditional plastic toothbrushes sold in a big plastic package. Eco-fail?
Then I heard about a more traditionally-styled toothbrush where you only replace the small brush head & reuse the handle. Now color me intrigued!
Now although these toothbrushes were sent at no cost to me to try out & review, please remember that my words will be my own. I’ll share the real story with y’all, no fluffy obligatory stuff from me, oh no!
Enter the Snap Toothbrush. The handles are contoured and have grips on them too. Unlike the bamboo toothbrush, the Snap toothbrush is much more like the traditional toothbrushes I’m already used to. The material is the same as my standard toothbrush and the handle & bristles are contoured too. This should make for an easier transition to a new tooth-brushing experience than what I endured using bamboo toothbrushes.
The replaceable heads snap in easily, and when I’m ready to replace them they snap out. Yes there’s still something to throw away when the bristles wear & need to be replaced. But I’m not tossing the whole toothbrush – just the tiny head. This step alone will reduce my toothbrush landfill-bound trash by a whopping 93%! Oh yeah, this may very well be the toothbrush solution I’ve been looking for.
So I reached out to Roberto Rivera, owner of GreenerStep. I asked if he would send a couple of their Snap Toothbrushes for me to try in exchange for my honest, open review of the pros & cons of his product. As you can imagine, the crunchy-green enviro-girl in me was thrilled when he said yes.
When the toothbrushes arrived I saw a note on the packaging stating their plastic wrappers were 100% biodegradable.
I asked Mr. Rivera about this & he said:
Of course I’d much prefer paper or cardboard wrappings that I could just toss into my composter. But at least the plastic they’re using should degrade. I’ll do some research to see what this actually means for the environment but I love the theory.
To test the biodegradability of the packing I’ve dug a hole and put the wrapper into the ground. I figure I’ll leave it for a few weeks & dig it up to see how it fares. I’ll be sure to share what I find out!
The handle on the Snap toothbrush is much like any traditional toothbrush, complete with a contoured brush head & contoured handle with easy-to-hold grippers. The small soft-bristle head snaps easily into the handle but won’t come out until you manually remove it.
In comparing, the ‘footprint’ of the Snap Toothbrush is slightly larger than my old toothbrush. Although I did notice the small size difference as I brushed with the Snap toothbrush the first time, it was a minor difference & took very little time for it to become second nature.
Pros & Cons
Here is a list of what I consider to be pros & cons about the Snap Toothbrush
- Special design means you’re replacing only the head as it wears out – NOT the whole toothbrush. That’s a 93% reduction in plastic waste over a standard toothbrush
- Snap toothbrushes are BPA free
- The bristles are shaped to get around teeth easier for a good cleaning experience
- The handle is contoured with easy-to-hold grippers
- Greener Step has offered a 15% discount to our readers. WOO-HOO!
- Snap toothbrush costs only $2 (even lower with bulk orders & 15% discount!)
- Wrapper is advertised to be both biodegradable and recyclable
- Snap Toothbrush is made of material I’m already used to with a standard toothbrush
- GreenerStep is an environmentally-aware company, pushing for lower & lower waste for their products & packaging
- Although the packing is both recyclable & biodegradable, I’d prefer the toothbrush be sold in simple compostable paper or cardboard
- The ‘footprint’ of the replaceable head is slightly larger than my standard toothbrush
- These toothbrushes are made in China. As an American I’d love for them to be made here
What Did We Think?
I will say this in full honesty – I’m absolutely LOVING this toothbrush! Unlike my bamboo toothbrush experience, I feel much more comfortable using this Snap toothbrush. It has the same feel of the traditional toothbrushes I’m already used to.
And since I’m only replacing the bristle head, this will be a very eco-friendly toothbrush swap from my standard throw-away toothbrushes. I love that this Snap toothbrush lowers my toothbrush waste by 93%!
Special Discount Offered To Our Readers!
Mr. Rivera has offered YOU, my dear readers, a 15% discount to try ’em for yourselves! Just go to GreenerStep.com, place your order and enter the code SnapFan and they’ll pull 15% off your order. Plus as of this writing with any order over $4, shipping is gratis, nothing, complimentary… FREE!
(Note: You can also find Snap Toothbrushes on Amazon!)
We LOVE These Toothbrushes!
So after my initial trial use I immediately bought about 20 replacement heads from GreenerStep so I’ll have ’em ready as it’s time to replace them one-by-one. I figure hey, there’s a 15% discount and it’s got to be easier to ship many heads at one time. Heck that means our replacements will only cost $1.41 each!
Plus since the environment is my drive in the first place, there will be less shipping waste with a bulk order than sending several smaller orders to my door.
My recommendation? If, like me, you’re frustrated with plastic trash that you feel you have no control over when it comes to your toothbrush – go, go, GO NOW to GreenerStep and see for yourself. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we do!
Tell ’em Texas Homesteader sent ya.
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