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A Toothbrush That Doubles as a Tube of Toothpaste

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

A Toothbrush That Doubles as a Tube of Toothpaste

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.

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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]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.

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