This 12" Bottle Brush is completely plastic free - a great way to get your dishes or baby bottles clean while being kind to the environment! The bristles are made out of tampico ( a type of plant fibers), not plastic. The natural bristles provide greater water absorption than plastic bristles. Thea body of the brush is made of bamboo - one of the most renewable resources in the world and an ideal alternative to harvesting trees. The body of the brush is made of bamboo - one of the most renewable resources in the world and an ideal alternative to harvesting trees. Bamboo is the world's fastest growing plant. In fact, when grown in the proper climate, certain strains of bamboo can grow up to six feet a day (bamboo is a grass and not a tree). When harvested, a third of the field will completely grow back within one year. Made in the USA.
Plastic-free Bottle Brush
What is Tampico?
Tampico is a natural vegetable fiber derived from the Agave Lechuguilla plant. Used as an all-natural fill fiber in the brush-making industry, this fiber possesses exceptional water retention characteristics, excellent biodegradability. and superior heat and chemical resistance.
Taking its name from the Mexican port from which it was exclusively shipped in the early days of trade, Tampico is sometimes referred to as istle or ixtle fiber. Its native environment is the dry, rugged highlands of northern Mexico, where the fiber is derived from the spiny, cactus-like Lechuguilla plants that populate the semi-desert region.
While methods of preparing Tampico for the brush-making industry are continuously updated by the development of new equipment and technology, the gathering of the raw Tampico material has essentially remained the same. It is speculated that the indigenous people of Mexico were the first to discover Tampico's viability, using the fibers to produce shampoo, rope and, later, brushes. The harvesting methods they employed are still in use today.
The process of gathering Tampico begins with workers called "talladores" taking to the hills in search of the fiber bearing plants. They are equipped only with burros, woven baskets, husking knives and long handled devices called "cogolleras" for snapping off the stem of the plant without exposing their hands to its barbs. Shaped like a spearhead, the pithy stem at the center of the plant is snapped off gently to avoid damaging the rest of the plant, which will then generate a new stem. The stem is then husked revealing a handful of wet fiber that is allowed to dry under the bright sun. In a single day a worker can gather several large baskets full of raw Tampico.
Except for Tampico's color and dryness, the fibers are virtually unchanged from their natural state. The skilled hands, practiced eyes and careful scrutiny of the workers are responsible for the quality of the finished Tampico. The processing that the fiber undergoes, when it is combed and dressed, serves merely to enhance its appearance and performance.