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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon April 24, 2013
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The humble toothbrush has been around longer than you might expect. Twigs and even porcupine quills were logical go-to tools for the ancients, and bristle toothbrushes were in use 1600 B.C., but the toothbrush went into mass production in 1780; the brainchild of a prisoner who cobbled one together in his cell and went on to become a wealthy businessman. Somewhere in recent history, to be distinguished from competitors, they started growing neon fins, angled heads and brush designs to produce shock and awe to dazed consumers standing slack-jawed at the dizzying selection in the oral hygiene aisle at Target. Now, with 50 million pounds of them tossed into American landfills each year, it seems ecologically prudent to offer a solution to a huge plastics problem. So companies are now offering more responsible, renewable alternatives as this one by Tom's. The toothbrush itself is refreshingly simple in it's design. The brush head is smallish and maneuverable and the bristles are soft which dentists recommend. The handle is slim and easy to hold in even small hands. The handle is made from the castor oil plant and not drilling sourced petroleum. (The castor oil plant is also the source of the dreaded toxin Ricin, though I'm fairly confident they've worked out that kink, since you place this thing in your mouth every day.) I like this brush very much with it's refreshingly simple, no nonsense design. The recycle feature, however well intentioned, is perhaps impractical in the real world. The process is part of the "Tetracycle" program. You must sign up online, then after collecting your used containers you box and send them to the recycle location. Shipping labels are said to be printable at home and at no cost. On the surface great. But in reality, only the most dedicated consumers are going to separate, store, box and ship as described. Second, that process itself produces cardboard, paper and plastic bag waste. Add to that the gasoline burned by delivery trucks and related transportation waste and pollution, electricity used in the recycle process from coal burning electric utilities, and in the best circumstances, is that system conserving anything? In reference to a product like this, alternatives exist, like toothbrushes made with bamboo handles which is a rapidly growing grass that needs no processing if thrown in the trash. It simply decomposes in a landfill. Apologies for an overkill review of a simple product. The reality seems to be, buy this for the effective design, but not to be a conscientious consumer. Other more realistic choices are now available for that.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I'll start with the "negatives" I do think this is a little expensive for a no frills toothbrush...but you are paying for the naturalness. No worries about BPA here, the handle is made from plant material. It's recyclable "through our terracycle program" I unfortunately threw away the box...so I'll have to look it up on the company website. If that means there's a special service that recycles them, then it's more of a pain than it's worth. Also, the bristles of the soft brush feel a little stiff on my gums.

That said I have used it for a couple weeks and it was a fine replacement for my store-brand soft bristle toothbrush. The design of the handle is easy to hold at several different angles. It's light. How many nice things can you say about a tooth brush? If you feel you need to be greener, this might be of assistance. Tom's is a great company we use several others of their products. It is nice that Amazon carries them since our local stores often don't.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2013
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I am usually skeptical about eco friendly products, especially when they are made of plastic, but this is a very good toothbrush. It has very nice tight bristles, a very good ergonomic handle, and is not neon colored. It is superior in every way to the Oral B toothbrush that it replaced. Of course that was a completely adequate, and even very good toothbrush, but this is a better one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 25, 2013
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If you replace your toothbrush as often as you're "supposed to", the net result is a lot of plastic in the garbage on a yearly basis. I like that this toothbrush can be recycled and don't mind paying a bit extra for it. If only it included an envelope to mail it back to be recycled with, like some other brands do, it would make this even easier.

As for how it feels, it feels just like other soft toothbrushes, and the bristles do not pull out easily like in dollar store toothbrushes. All in all, satisfied with this product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon February 8, 2014
This toothbrush has extra soft bristles that reduce bleeding even with sensitive gums but still gets the job done. The bristles come in multiple layers, allowing them to get in-between teeth to the hard to reach places many toothbrushes can overlook. The really exciting thing is that this brush is not only good for your teeth but also the environment. Its made from plant based materials that can be recycled.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2014
This brush is great. The head is narrow but normal length, wonderfully soft for my gums and scrubs the plaque away. I brush with baking soda, so I need a soft brush to let the baking soda do all the work. I got a light blue and it fits wonderfully in my hand and reaches all of my wisdom teeth way in the tight, tight back. I will be ordering more!
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VINE VOICEon May 16, 2013
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This is an excellent toothbrush, the bristles aren't too harsh, which is good because I have sensitive gums which can bleed with stiffer bristles. Used it for about a month now, still in tact, time will tell how long it will last but if it holds out for a decent period of time, I'll buy it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2013
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My only complaint: Why this Tom's of MAINE product not made in Maine like all their toothpastes, deodorants, soaps, etc.?

The handle is a little bit bendy, which threw me for a loop but the brush is nice and big, so it reaches a lot of your teeth when you're brushing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I ordered the soft version of this toothbrush. And I was surprised that it had some firmness underneath, but it wasn't unpleasant. And it was still soft enough for my sensitive gums. So I can recommend this with confidence.
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on July 30, 2015
It as time for a new toothbrush and I was looking over the choices when I saw this one. I liked that it has a recyclable plant-based handle and was environmentally (and animal) friendly. Tom's is a responsible company and I figured I would give the brush a shot. I bought medium but should have purchased soft. Often when I buy soft bristle toothbrushes, the are so soft that the bristle splay out and do nothing and become flat after a few uses. Medium bristles seem to soften after a few uses and stay usable way longer. However, these bristles are a bit firmer than ordinary ones so, if you're on the fence, go for the soft bristles knowing they will not be be soggy, mushy thing but good quality gentle bristles. Despite the bristles being a bit firmer than I wanted (but not painful even on my sensitive teeth), this brush is great. The handle is easy to hold and the brush gets to all my teeth. I change toothbrushes every three months and, unless something wild happens to this one, I will probably repurchase it in the soft bristle version and keep on using this brand. Why not use a responsible company's products that are healthy for you and good for the environment? 4 stars!
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