Bogobrush Review

 
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They’re like the Tom’s shoes of the oral hygiene world. Bogobrush was founded by a brother and sister, Heather and John Mcdougall, to decrease the waste created by plastic toothbrushes through using sustainable materials while giving back to impoverished kids of America. We’ll take a deeper dive into their products and why Bogobrush gets our Seal of Approval (this will be a thing now) and a little bit about where I believe they have some room for improvement! If you’d like to hear more on their story checkout our conversation with Heather on the Protect Your Wild Podcast! She’s incredibly articulate and charming and I think you’ll really enjoy her stories! 


A Bit About the Brand

The Origins

So it’s weird to be passionate about a toothbrush but when you know the founders are great people, and their working hard to solve a real problem you basically want them to take your money… It may seem crazy, but about 450 million toothbrushes find their way into the landfill each year. That shit adds up! So in 2012, Heather and John launched Bogobrush! 

Founders Heather and John McDougall

Founders Heather and John McDougall

The Giveback

A HUGE reason I support Bogobrush is their community partners. Through establishing relationships with community partners such as Engineers without Borders; Apple Tree Dental throughout Minnesota; Family Health Care in Fargo Bogobrush is able to get toothbrushes to kids in need. On top of their donation of physical toothbrushes, they’re also involved in other forms doing good. They’ve supported Trees 4 Humanity and their reforestation efforts in Spain, donated supplies for neighborhood cleanups in Detroit and support low cost and no cost healthcare clinics such as Covenant Community Care also in Detroit.

More on the Product

Made in Merica

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Yes, manufacturing DOES still exist in the US and it means good things for the environment with US customers. What many don’t consider when buying from international manufacturers is the lack of accountability and carbon cost of shipping the items over seas. That being said, Bogobrush is Made in Merica! The handles are from Cedar Rapids Iowa. Then they’re bristled (yes that can be used as a verb) Eau Claire Wisconsin. And finally warehoused and shipped out of Rockford Minnesota. That’s all within a tri-state midwestern area, how often do you see that these days? 

Materials

Bogobrush has 2 lines of toothbrushes. One is a biodegradable line and the other utilizes recycled plastic. I personally go with the biodegradable option every time BUT we’ve already made a ton of this plastic so we fully endorse products that put that plastic to use! In every case however, the brushes are made from materials that would otherwise be wasted so one man’s trash is another man’s dental tool… right? Then you’re bogobrush will be delivered in an EcoEnclose Poly Mailer and then the toothbrush itself comes in a plastic tube which can be used as a travel container. 


Materials

Bogobrush has 2 lines of toothbrushes. One is a biodegradable line and the other utilizes recycled plastic. I personally go with the biodegradable option every time BUT we’ve already made a ton of this plastic so we fully endorse products that put that plastic to use! In every case however, the brushes are made from materials that would otherwise be wasted so one man’s trash is another man’s dental tool… right? Then you’re bogobrush will be delivered in an EcoEnclose Poly Mailer and then the toothbrush itself comes in a plastic tube which can be used as a travel container. 

Biodegradable Options: $9.50 ($4.75 with a subscription) 

Bogobrush’s biodegradable options are made from a variety of waste agricultural waste products including coffee, cotton, flax, and hemp! According to their website they will degrade in your backyard OR an industrial composter if your city supports that. Just remember to remove those bristles first! But if you want to learn more about bioplastics check this out.

cotton

cotton

coffee

coffee

hemp

hemp

flax

flax

Recyclable Options: $9.50 ($4.75 with a subscription) 

Recyclable options are made of number 5 plastic and can be recycled in your bin! Just as before, remember to pluck those bristles out before tossing it! 

Room for Improvement

Just like the late great Hannah Montana said, no body’s perfect! But don’t let that discourage you from supporting Heather and Bogobrush! That being said, I would love to see them down the road figure out a solution for the plastic bristles of the brush. I would imagine they looked into it but hopefully they can scale and be the ones to develop a recycled plastic bristle! I also wasn’t a fan of the new plastic packaging to be honest. It used to be a cardboard box, but I wonder if it’s made from recycled plastic? And lastly, I hope they’ll be more transparent about how much they’ve given back! I think it’s crucial to measure and advertise the impact you have as a do good business. 

TLDR

  • Bogobrush operates on a Buy one GIVE one business model

  • Brushes are made from waste, be it agricultural waste or recycled plastic

  • They are also made in America which means there’s a lower carbon cost

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