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A Toothbrush That Doubles as a Tube of Toothpaste

Spanish designers Kawamura-ganjavian perfect the travel-sized toothbrush.

We travel a lot, and with the TSA ruthlessly enforcing the 3.4-ounce-liquid, single-quart-baggie rule, we're always on the lookout for toiletries that'll help us breeze right through the security line.

So we were thrilled to stumble on Twist&Brush, a great concept by the Spanish designers Kawamura-ganjavian that crams a toothpaste dispenser and a toothbrush into one elegant little package.

The ingenious feature is the handle, which works like a cross between a syringe and a deodorant stick. Fill it up with toothpaste, then when you're ready to brush, twist the bottom a few notches and toothpaste squeezes out the bristles. A bonus: The clear plastic handle indicates precisely how much toothpaste you've got in there, so the TSA won't fritter away your time -- and everyone else's -- investigating whether you tried to sneak in a few extra ounces.

Obviously, the design is super convenient for travelers, but it's also something of a boon to the environment. Think how much waste people could avoid by not buying those all mini toothpaste tubes they use once or twice, then throw away.

Twist&Brush is just a concept and we have no idea whether the designers plan to put it into production, but we desperately hope they do -- if for no other reason than just to give the middle finger to that racket of an industry known as travel-sized toiletries.

[Images courtesy of Awamura-ganjavian]

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  • ken hind

    Promotinal product client looking for this product with two colour corporate logo, in 100 pcs. 250 pcs. 500 pcs. 1000 pcs.  please reply hindken7@gmail.com. Please include approx. shipping cost to Calgary, ab.

  • ken hind

    Have promotional product client looking for this item, Please inform if available with two colour corporate logo imprint.  100 pcs., 250 pcs. 500 pcs. 1000 pcs.  hindken7@gmail.com, Ken Hind Agency, 604 1140-15 Ave. S. W. CALGARY, Ab. T2R 1K6. (403) 244-1551  Please include approx. shipping costs.

  • Daniel Ferrara

    There are many examples of this product on the market. mainly targeting the outdoor market. After using them some sortcomings come to mind. when the temperature drops or the brush is not used for a long time, the toothpaste gets thick and the screw mechanism that ejects the toothpaste breaks. The product should be easily cleaned refillable from a standard tube of toothpaste to eliminate more packaging. A minimal cartridge similar to a caulk gun would also be good. Several have a snap on cover to keep the brush covered.

    Dan

  • sirius

    Is there a missing part? What protects the brush from the dirt of bouncing around in my travel bag? I've seem something a little similar to this. It works great and is really easy to refill. Click http://goo.gl/jCyFE or search for the Aurelle TOOB Travel Toothbrush.