Bamboo Toothbrush FAQ

What are the bristles made from? Are they Biodegradable?


Our Soft Bristles are made from Nylon-4 which has been shown in lab studies to be biodegradable under certain conditions, unlike Nylon-6 that is not biodegradable at all. Keep in mind when purchasing a natural toothbrush that majority of the time the bristles are made from Pig Hair. U+ME are environmental crusaders so you can rest assured that we have created a sustainable and 100% vegan friendly product. On purchase you will receive an informative care guide that tells you how to dispose of your toothbrush correctly in a way that is best for the environment.




Where are your toothbrushes manufactured? Are they Fair Trade?


The U+ME Toothbrush is designed in Australia and manufactured in China from sustainably and ethically sourced bamboo. China is well known as the Kingdom of Bamboo. China grows 400 species of bamboo, and one third of all known bamboo species in the world are grown in China. It made perfect sense for us to source our product where the bamboo grows naturally. Although China doesn't have in place any Fair Trade Certifications as such, you can seek comfort in the fact the U+ME have 3rd party inspections implemented on all manufacturing facilites including frequent warehouse inspections. We have a wonderful relationship with our manufacturers and they have no issues in providing us with photos of the entire product production.




Are the toothbrushes individually packaged?


Yes! Each toothbrush in your 4 pack is individually packaged in it's own cardboard box.




What is the packaging made from?


Our packaging is made from recyclable and compostable cardboard. We use zero plastic in our packaging making it 100% Earth Friendly. You can throw it in your home recycling or compost bin without any worry.




How long does each U+ME Bamboo Toothbrush Last? When should I renew my brush?


Being made from 100% natural materials they most certainly aren't going to last as long as your environmentally unfriendly plastic toothbrushes but we think this is a good thing! From our experience you will get at least 3 months out of each toothbrush which is when dentists recommend you change your brush anyway so your 4 pack can last you up to 12 months.




Will my toothbrush get moldy? How do I disinfect & Clean it?


No. Not if you look after it correctly. Be sure to wash your toothbrush completely with warm water after each use and then place it in an area with adequte air circulation to allow the bamboo to completely dry. We suggest giving the handle a quick dry with a towl. You should not place your toothbrush into an enclosed toothbrush case until it is dry. A little tip we love here at U+ME is having a glass spray bottle handy that contains water mixed with Clove and Cinnimon Essential oils. You can give your toothbrush handle a little TLC once a week with this mixture. Both Cove and Cinnamon essential oils have been tested extensivly for the ability to combat mold.




How do I dispose of my toothbrush bristles?


Our bristles are made of Nylon-4 so they are biodegradable under certain conditions however depending on where you live you may not have these conditions. We suggest Recycling them to be on the safe side. First pull the bristles out with pliars. As they are so small, we recommend keeping them inside another plastic container or bottle you are recycling.

If you don't have a plastic container on hand due to a zero waste lifestyle, consider popping the bristles in something you find on your next litter pick up. You can also dip them in a blob of glue to keep them all together. We suggest filling the plastic container with as many bristles as possible before recycling.




How do I dispose of my toothbrush handle?


You have a few options: 1. If you throw your bamboo toothbrush handle into your garden, it might take as long as 5-10 years to fully break down. 2. Bury your toothbrush handles horizontally in the soil, they will take around 3 years to biodegrade. 3. Place your toothbrush handle in a home composter. It will take around 4-6 months to biodegrade. You can accelorate this time frame up by breaking the toothbrush down into small pieces with a hammer or saw. (This is our favourite way) 4. Place your toothbrush handle into your bio-waste bin to be disposed of in an industrial composter. An industrial composter should break a toothbrush down in a few weeks.




When should I replace my toothbrush?


Dentists recommend every 2-3 months and we do too. You can always use your old toothbrush in other ways before disposing of it such as cleaning shoes, hard to reach bathroom areas and tile grout as well as using them as plant markers in the garden.




Can I use regular toothpaste with these toothbrushes?


Absolutely! We actually recommend making your own toothpaste at home to reduce your waste even futher. We have a brilliant recipe in our ebook that you will receive via email on purchase.




Are U+ME Bamboo Toothbrushes Vegan?


Absolutely! 100% Vegan. All of our products are.




Are U+ME Bamboo Toothbrushes BPA Free?


Yes they are





Peat Pots & Trays FAQ

Where are your Peat Pots & Trays Manufactured? Are they Fair Trade?


The U+ME Peat Pots and Peat Seedling Trays are designed in Australia and manufactured in China from sustainably and ethically sourced peat. Although China doesn't have in place any Fair Trade Certifications as such, you can seek comfort in the fact the U+ME have 3rd party inspections implemented on all manufacturing facilites including frequent warehouse inspections. We have a wonderful relationship with our manufacturers and they have no issues in providing us with photos of the entire product production.




What are the Peat Pot Measurements


Our Peat Pots measure 3" x 3" x 2" - In each pack you recieve 60 Pots.




What are the Peat Tray Measurements


In each pack you get 10 Trays. Each tray contains 12 cells - That's 120+ Seedlings you can raise per pack! Each tray measures 5"x 2"x 6"




Can Peat Pots & Peat Trays be used for Succulents?


Absolutely! Once the roots start to grow through the peat simply place the entire Peat Pot or cell into a larget pot.




How long does it take the Peat Pots and Peat Seedling Trays to Biodegrade?


Peat Pots and Peat Seedling Tray Cells will begin to break down within weeks of transplanting. You need to ensure they are completely buried at planting and absolutely none of the top of the pot is showing. They should be almost completely decomposed within a week or two. The rates of decomposition though depends largely on the bioactivity and moisture and in your soil so don't forget to add your compost and water daily in these first few weeks.




Do your Peat Pots & Seedling Trays have drainage holes?


No They do not. There is no need for drainage holes if you use them correctly.




Can I store my pots away until growing season?


Yes, absolutely. Be sure to store them in a dry area away from any moisture.




Does the Peat have Corn or Corn Derivites? Are they treated with anything?


No it does not. It is 100% Peat and they have not been treated with any chemicals making them 100% safe for organic gardners.




How exactly do Peat Pots and Peat Seedling Trays Work?