Last Updated: September 22, 2021

The 9 best toothbrushes made with sustainable materials.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 16 min read

The average person will use 300 toothbrushes during their lifetime, and because traditional toothbrushes being made of plastic most end up in our landfills and add to our plastic pollution problem. If you don’t already, do Earth and future generations a favor and switch to a more sustainable toothbrush. If you already have swapped to an eco-friendly version then it's important to make sure you're using the right one.


We know picking a natural toothbrush can be hard, but we’ve got you covered. Our list of the best toothbrushes made with sustainable material features everything from bamboo toothbrushes to charcoal ones and even ones made from recyclable ocean plastic. Shop zero-waste toothbrushes and ones that create much less plastic waste than your average toothbrush. Come on, what are you waiting for? Help us change the world (and protect the environment) one fresh smile at a time.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Preserve Ultra Soft Toothbrush

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Can you handle this? The handle on this Preserve Ultra Soft Toothbrush is made completely from recycled yogurt cups — that’s pretty cool if you ask us. Plus, Preserve worked closely with some of the best dental professionals out there to make sure every part of this toothbrush was created with the purpose of providing top care to your pearly …

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2. Radius Pure Brush 6 mo+

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Now there’s a toothbrush you can trust with baby’s first brushes. This Radius Pure Baby Toothbrush is designed for the gums and teeth of children six months+, and it’s a healthy choice for your baby’s sensitive mouth. This baby toothbrush is BPA-free, dye-free, chemical-free, made in the U.S., vegan, and Leaping Bunny–certified. Plus, it works hard …

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3. Preserve Medium Toothbrush

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Innovation meets sustainability when it comes to this Preserve Medium Toothbrush. This eco-friendly toothbrush was created with the help of top dental professionals to keep your teeth their healthiest — plus, unlike other oral care alternatives, it was also designed to have minimal impact on the environment, too. Its plastic, curved handle is made …

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4. Radius Source Toothbrush with Replaceable Head

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Tired of tossing your toothbrush into the trash? Switch to a Radius Source Toothbrush and you’ll cut way back on plastic usage and waste. The handle of this soft-bristled toothbrush is composed of recycled materials, while the gum-massaging heads are replaceable. Simply swap yours for a pack of Radius Source Replacement Heads when you’re ready. …

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5. Tom's of Maine Soft Children's Toothbrush

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Tom's of Maine knows a toothbrush doesn’t have to be complicated for it to be effective. This Soft Children's Toothbrush is made for gentle teeth cleaning, making it easy for kids to brush away food and plaque. This children’s toothbrush features a simple design made for little hands, with a slim handle and angled neck to access hard-to-reach …

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6. hello Charcoal Bristle BPA-Free Toothbrush

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Say goodbye, landfill-loving toothbrushes ... and hello Charcoal Bristle BPA-Free Toothbrush, a planet-friendly toothbrush. This charcoal bristle toothbrush has an ergonomically designed handle and is made from naturally derived materials like cornstarch. The activated charcoal bristles are gentle yet effective in cleaning hard-to-reach places for …

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7. Radius Pure Brush 18 mo+

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Teaching young children how to brush their teeth can be a chore. The Radius Totz Toothbrush makes toothbrushing a breeze. With gentle yet effective bristles and an easy-to-maneuver handle, this lightweight toothbrush for your tot makes oral care for kids a lot more fun. There’s a reason the Radius Totz is a best-selling toothbrush.

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8. Preserve Kids Soft Toothbrush

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Kids are sure to go wild for this Preserve Kids Soft Toothbrush. Not only does this kids toothbrush feature a pea-pod shaped handle designed just for little ones’ hands, but its packaging features fun facts about endangered animals, too. Plus, a part of each sale goes to support the National Wildlife Federation, and the toothbrush itself is made …

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9. Preserve Recycled Ocean Plastic Toothbrush (Soft)

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Crush cavities while taking a stand against wasteful oral care products with this Preserve Ocean Plastic Toothbrush. This Preserve toothbrush is made with recycled ocean plastic, soft nylon bristles, and an easy-to-grip curved handle. Preserve, a certified B corporation, consulted closely with dental professionals to design this toothbrush to get …

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FAQs

How do you clean your toothbrush?

Whether you have a natural toothbrush or traditional one, for a super quick clean, make sure to run your toothbrush under hot water before you use it and after you use it, too. Doing this rinses away bacteria that could have built up between brushes and after them.


If you’re looking to clean it a bit more than just a warm-water rinse, fill up a cup with a bit of mouthwash and put your toothbrush in the cup brush down. Let your toothbrush soak in the mouthwash for about 15 minutes, and then rinse your brush with warm water. Just make sure not to leave it in the cup longer than 15 minutes as that may damage the bristles and leave you needing to buy a new brush anyways.


If you’re changing out your toothbrush when recommended by a dentist and storing it properly, these simple cleaning methods should work well for you.


How often should you change your toothbrush?

If you don’t know this already, most dentists recommend switching out your toothbrush every three to four months, which is why choosing an eco-friendly, natural toothbrush like a bamboo toothbrush or charcoal toothbrush is so important. Changing out your toothbrush that frequently should be done because the bristles on your brush can get worn out. When your bristles are worn out, they can end up causing gum issues you’d rather not have to deal with. If you do notice your bristles are getting worn down before three months, then you should swap out your brush even before that three-month period.


Another reason you’ll want to change out your toothbrush before that three-month mark is if you’ve recently had a cold, the flu, or other virus because you don’t want to risk the chance of getting the same sickness twice.


What are the benefits of charcoal toothbrushes?

If you’re considering a charcoal toothbrush, there are some benefits to choosing this kind of natural toothbrush. Here are the main advantages to choosing charcoal:

  • Whiter teeth: Activated charcoal is super absorbent and can help remove stains caused by things like tea, coffee, and wine
  • Say goodbye to more bacteria: Charcoal toothbrushes have antibacterial properties, which means less bacteria can find its way into your teeth
  • Fresher breath: That’s right — using a charcoal toothbrush can also help improve the smell of your breath by removing more plaque than traditional toothbrushes

Don’t forget to always check with your dentist before you swap your regular toothbrush for a charcoal toothbrush. If you’re looking for more natural toothbrush options to choose from, check out our list above of the best toothbrushes made with sustainable materials.


What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.


If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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