Frequently Asked Questions
What are your regular bristles made of ?The only natural material which has the same properties as nylon is either boar or badger hair. We are proudly a vegan and cruelty free company, so that’s a big NO for us. We use recyclable DUPONT Nylon-6, free from the toxin BPA (Bisphenol A) and other nasty chemicals.
Do you have a recommended usage and disposal instructions ?We sure do! Please check out our Care & Disposal Page
Where do you produce your products ?
The 2 kinds of bamboos we use are indigenous to China and Vietnam, so some of our products are made in either countries.
We strive to work with accredited factories. Here are some of the certifications we look for in a factory: ISO,BSCI,SAFE LABOR PRACTICES,FSC & PETA VEGAN CRUELTY FREE.
Fun Fact : MOSO bamboo grows amazingly fast (up to 91cm day!)
Can I buy The future is bamboo locally ?We LOVE local shopping. Our products are today available at hundred of spots around North America and Mexico. If your local favorite retailers still isn’t offering our products, let them know you’d like to have The future is bamboo available at their store!
What about Pandas? Are you stealing their food ?
Since we love all animals so much, we would never steal from their food source !
Pandas rely on Pseudosasa japonica (arrow bamboo), although they have been known to also eat Phyllostachys nigra (black bamboo) and Phyllostachys bissetii (bissetii bamboo).
The bamboos we use are called MOSO (Phyllostachys edulis) and TÙC and are not a variety pandas eat. It was a very important selection factor to us, as a Vegan and Cruelty-Free brand, we would never encourage or partake in depleting any animals' food sources.
Do you have any surface treatment on the toothbrush handles ?Yes. The bamboo's surface is treated with natural soy wax. This improves the grip and hygienic properties of our toothbrushes.
Are your Eco Floss Picks compostable?In short, yes, the stick itself can be composted.
Don't forget to remove the vegan thread completely beforehand!
Our Eco Floss Picks are made with (PLA) and will compost in some municipal/industrial facilities according to ISO, ASTM, and EN regulations.
The number of industrial composting facilities is currently limited and may not be available near you. However, the good news is, the development of such facilities is growing internationally. Yay!
Looking for a composting facility near you? Please visit findacomposter.com
What is PLA?
You will find that we use PLA (polylactic acid) in our Eco Floss Picks, an amazing option to traditional plastic floss picks.
PLA is plant based! Made from plants like corn, cassava, sugar cane or beets to capture and sequester CO2 transforming it into long-chain sugar molecules.
Amazingly, new technology is being assessed to skip plants and use microorganisms to directly convert greenhouse gases into lactic acid.
How composting PLA works?
Polylactic acid (PLA) is a biopolymer and a repeating chain of lactic acid, which undergoes a 2-step degradation process.
1. DISINTEGRATION: The moisture and heat in the compost pile split the polymer chains apart, creating smaller polymers, and finally, lactic acid.
2. BIODEGRADATION: Microorganisms in compost and soil consume the smaller polymer fragments and lactic acid as nutrients. Since lactic acid is widely found in nature, a large number of organisms metabolize lactic acid.
The end result of composting is carbon dioxide, water and humus, a soil nutrient. This degradation process is temperature and humidity dependent.
Why isn't your thread biodegradable on your Eco Floss Picks?
Our thread is silk-free meaning it does not come from a silk worm (yuck !)
The future is bamboo cares about the planet and ALL its inhabitants, and we would never want to profit or steal from any animal just to sell products. This is also why we do not sell toothbrushes with biodegradable boar hair either. No thanks!
We choose to use a high quality thread that is coated with vegan-friendly wax.
While this means the thread isn't biodegradable, it is BPA-free and can be recycled (always call your local recycling centers ahead to know if they can recycle it!).
We believe that having a vegan option for this product that is also eco-friendly aligned more with our brand's value and philosophies.
Why is it called The Zero Brush?
Zero fossil fuel.
100% for the planet!
Our Zero Brush's bristles are made with castor Bean Oil bristles, meaning they are 100% biobased. The Zero Brush's bristles are made in the EU and while they are “biobased” they do not qualify as “biodegradable”.
In order for a product to be considered "biodegradable" it needs to break down within 1 year. The Zero Brush's bristles will eventually return to the soil, but as the actual biodegradation timeline depends on soil activity/ocean activity, we cannot claim them asbiodegradable.They are however an excellent option to ditch petroleum and fossil fuel products completely!
Do the castor oil bristles in The Zero Brush have ricin in them?
No. Nada. None. There is no ricin. The material is highly processed using intense heat and pressure. By the time the material becomes bristles, the ricin in the castor beans is completely gone.