Word of mouth is a great way to find out about products and stores. I was chatting to a co-worker some time ago and although she is not a vegan, she is rather supportive and I know she reads this blog. (Hi Leanne!) She is the one who gave me the heads up about Lush's Toothy Tabs and I think that is how we got around to talking about the Environmental Toothbrush which is a toothbrush that is made from biodegradable bamboo. Bamboo grows quickly and is self renewing so does not lead to deforestation. These toothbrushes are more environmentally sound than using plastic toothbrushes that after 3 months, go into landfill and basically never break down.
The toothbrushes were invented by an Australian dentist and are available to buy in Adult and Children's sizes and different bristle types - Soft or Medium. I have been test running this toothbrush for the last few months and give it the thumbs up. They are very light weight and are good to use for about a month or so. You can buy them in packs of 12 and they are inexpensive.
See here for a list of stockists in Western Australia, and around the nation.
I picked up my supply at One Earth Outlet. Now, let me just say that although this store does not stock exclusively vegan friendly products, you WILL find plenty of products in there that are suitable for vegans. I think I could have spent hours in there, peering at their stock. There was so much to see.There were cosmetics, personal care products, clothing, homewares, etc. The staff were friendly and I left, feeling confident that I would return for another shopping trip soon.
Whilst there, I picked up a make-up brush kit by Wotnot. This company concerns itself with environmentally friendly, cruelty free products for men, women and children. The make up brush kit I picked up consisted of 8 brushes which have lightweight but strong bamboo handles and soft, synthetic fibres for the brush parts - no animal bristles whatsoever, so perfect for vegans. In general, all their products are not tested on animals, and as for containing animal ingredients, they state: WOTNOT products are free from animal extracts where possible. Our sunscreen includes beeswax to provide water resistance.