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Be. | The First Battery-Free, Powered Toothbrush
Be. | The First Battery-Free, Powered Toothbrush
A new kind of eco-friendly, sustainable, and electric-free toothbrush that cleans deeper than your electric and is powered by you.
A new kind of eco-friendly, sustainable, and electric-free toothbrush that cleans deeper than your electric and is powered by you. Read more
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .
Be. stands for Beyond Electric. Unlike electric toothbrushes, Be. is more than just a vibrating head. Built as a kinetic storage device, Be. harnesses and amplifies the power of 2 simple twists into over 80,000 tartar fighting brush strokes using its patented multiplier transmission system.
Battery & Electric-Free - Brushing with Be. means no cables, no batteries, and no problems. Transform your daily brushing routine into a simple 3-step process: put toothpaste on the bristles, give the dial two full twists, hit the power button and let Be. work its magic.
Sustainable - Practice zero waste at home with Be.’s 100% biodegradable brush heads and recyclable build. The first toothbrush that gives you all the benefits of clean teeth, at no expense to the earth.
Smart Technology - Be.'s smart sensor operates at the ADA recommended precise tartar-fighting pressure of 120g, training you to brush thoroughly but consciously. With 80,000 charcoal infused brushstrokes at the perfect pressure, you're off brushing for a diamond clean smile.
Travel-Friendly - Whether you're traveling for business, backpacking outdoors or just bringing your toothbrush to work, Be. keeps up with your on-the-go lifestyle. The snap-on case creates an easy to carry cylinder and fits 1 extra brush refill for extended travel.
Meet Patrick Triato, Goodwell's Co-Founder, as he walks you through the functionality of Be. with an early prototype.
All the power and performance of an electric toothbrush, minus the waste. The best version of you and your planet by brushing with Be.
Simplify Your Routine - Be. keeps your daily brushing routine easy, similar to your manual brush.
If electric toothbrushes are so good, why do the majority of people still use manual toothbrushes? Well, manual is easy, and as a species we like easy things. If you haven’t made the switch to electric yet, don’t! We have good news. With no batteries, PCB boards, soldering, or wires, Be. is still a manual toothbrush for all intents and purposes. Two twists of the dial and no charging needed has you brushing like you would with your manual toothbrush, but with 10x the cleaning power.
Improve your Dental Health - A deeper clean that changes your tartar fighting game.
Most dentists will suggest using an electric toothbrush to get that diamond clean smile. Why? It’s proven they do a better job at getting debris out of your teeth, avoiding plaque, cavities and tooth decay. With over 80,000 brushstrokes, Be. has more power than your average electric toothbrush, cleaning deeper and whitening faster so you never have to worry about compromising your oral hygiene for sustainability. As the ultimate hybrid, you get the best of both worlds by brushing with Be.
Every year, 15 billion batteries are discarded worldwide and only 1% of them are recycled. We know it’s bad but let’s face it, it’s hard to feel like one person can actually make a difference...until now. A vital part of your everyday just turned eco-friendly with no added effort. Be. is 100% recyclable, biodegradable and, of course, battery-free, making every brush a daily step towards reducing our carbon footprint and the release of toxins into the environment.
Minimize Your Waste - Everything down to Be.’s packaging, is considered and conscious.
Be. is made from 90% post-consumer material and is 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and of course, battery-free. Be. has developed a proprietary material made of starches and bamboo that is 100% biodegradable and compostable. This material is used in all of it’s premium brush heads, which are engineered to be as small and as efficient as possible. Every purchase of Be. comes with a 1-year supply of replacement heads to minimize the energy and carbon of bi-monthly refill shipping. Don’t forget recyclable packaging too!
With 80,000 oscillating brush strokes per brushing, Be. uses Binchotan, also known as activated charcoal, in its biodegradable bristles to help with Ph balancing, odor absorption and anti-microbial purification. While Be. is deep cleaning at lightning speed, it’s also consciously aware of how much pressure you’re applying at all times.
A Stroke Speed that goes Beyond Electric - Be.’s patented technology doubles down on the most efficient way to clean.
Be. has fine tuned its internal patented Be. Clean Technology to deliver a whopping 80,000 brush strokes per brushing. After 2 minutes, it automatically shuts down and needs a simple twist to get back to brushing. If you were to use a manual toothbrush and brush your teeth 80,000 times it would take you over 4 hours. Put simply: What a manual toothbrush does in 4 hours, Be. gets done in 2 minutes.
Save your Gums - Be.’s smart pressure sensor is built to stop you from over-brushing.
While it’s not common knowledge, the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at 120g of pressure, or in other words, the weight of an orange. Be. is designed to operate at the exact 120g pressure, halting agitation when the limit is exceeded and training users to brush thoroughly, but consciously. This technology will help save tooth enamel, reduce gum recession, increase the longevity of bristles and keep costly dental bills to a minimum.
Purify with Activated Charcoal - Innate Benefits infused in each bristle.
Binchotan, which may sound more familiar when referred to as activated charcoal, is infused in all of Be.’s brush heads. Today you might find activated charcoal in ‘detox’ drinks, but traditionally it has been used for air and water purification. Be. has now incorporated it’s innate benefits to target mouth odor, balance Ph, and stop unwanted anti-microbial growth. With every oscillating brush stroke, your teeth, gums and breath are getting a healthy dose of binchotan to combat signs of gingivitis for a healthier mouth.
Be. is everything you love about your electric toothbrush but wireless, so you’re never tied down. Be adventurous, go outdoors and live life the way you planned.
Made for You - Limitless usability designed with you in mind.
Gone are the days of needed charging stations, cables and plug adapters for travel. Brush your teeth at the airport, on the plane, in a forest! The boundaries are endless. Whether you are a sales manager, a backpacker or a touring musician, you’ll appreciate the freedom of not having to plug yet another thing in. Cut out excess baggage when you bring Be. to work and avoid the dreaded scenario of your brush running out of power on the road. Be.’s versatility makes it perfect for anyone, from the mountains to your 9 to 5.
Do more with less - Power never looked so simple.
Weighing in at just 6oz and only 6in tall, which is approximately 2 inches shorter than some of the newest products on the market, Be. is designed to fit in your purse, in your desk compartment, or in that last bit of space left in your almost overweight carry-on. When you are constantly on the move and trying to manage space for your essentials, size matters, and Be. makes the cut.
Snap-on and go - The perfect case you didn’t have to purchase separately.
Be.’s travel case simply snaps onto the toothbrush housing, perfectly matching the body design to create an easy to carry cylinder you can bring everywhere. It protects your brush head from dirt and debris while travelling, as well as any bathroom mishaps when it’s on your sink counter. The snap-on case can also house 1 extra brush refill for extended travel so you keep what you need for clean teeth in one place.
Made from simple materials that are 100% recyclable - Be. is light so you move freely.
Every year, 15 billion batteries are discarded worldwide. 87% of of them end up in landfills, 12% of them are incinerated, and just 1% are recycled. If we lined up all the batteries back to back that the world uses in just one year, it would be 466,000 miles long. That is long enough to wrap around the globe 18 times!
When it comes to Lithium batteries in particular, the stuff is downright nasty. Lithium is flammable and highly reactive, as anyone who has seen photos of a burning hoverboard can attest - but that’s the least of our worries. The EPA has linked the use of extremely powerful solvents in the creation of lithium electrolytes and cathodes to everything from cancer to neurological problems. Specifically, the cobalt used in the creation of the most energy dense lithium-ion batteries is poisonous and extremely carcinogenic.
Tooth decay is the most widespread chronic disease worldwide. It’s most common as a childhood disease, but it affects people of all ages throughout their lifetime. Untreated tooth decay causes pain, and it affects 7 out of 10 children in India, 1 out of 3 teenagers in Tanzania, and almost 1 in 3 adults in Brazil. With Be. it's possible to deliver a professional clean, even without infrastructure like an electric grid.
From coast to coast, we've all witnessed or experienced the devastation of our changing climate. Doing our part to help take care of our planet is an important mission for Goodwell Co., and the products we make signify our dedication to our sustainability initiative. With electricity as a non-issue, the goal is to ultimately provide a small step towards maximizing relief efforts.
Goodwell + Co. was started 3 years ago with the goal of creating sustainable toothbrushes and oral hygiene products. Our absolute favorite brand on the planet is Patagonia, and we are forever inspired and motivated by the vision of Yvon Chouinard. Following in that vision, Goodwell has made the promise to ourselves and our customers to always make the very best products in the most ethical and environmentally conscious way.
To date, we’ve sold 1 million premium manual and 100% recyclable toothbrushes. We’re also proud to offer all natural Pacific Mint toothpaste with compostable packaging, and GoodFloss, our 100% biodegradable flossers.
We believe that sustainability is not only what your products are made of, but also how they are made, and how long they last. Our promise to you is a lifetime of using Be. We built this brush so that it can be worked on if anything ever goes wrong. Send your Be. back if it’s not brushing at its best and we’ll repair it or replace it for free.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Learn More - Be.’s lifetime warranty, perk details and how it works.
Why should I buy Be. with a high international shipping cost? We've heard your concerns with shipping, and want you to know we've done our homework to get this cost as low as possible. At this time, what we can offer is an additional year's supply of brush heads with all international orders for FREE, a $20 USD value. That's 4 additional brush refills on top of the year supply that already comes with every Be.
How much does it actually cost Goodwell + Co to ship internationally? If you check usps.com, a $50 item shipping from Portland, Oregon (our Headquarters) to London, UK is $22.50. This doesn't include packaging materials and labor costs. The total with those additional costs is more than $25. We hope our added extra brush heads with each international purchase lessens this cost burden and we truly appreciate your understanding.
What is the Sustainable Lifetime Product Promise? We believe that sustainability is not only what your products are made of, but also how they are made, and how long they last. We promise that you will be able to use Be. for a lifetime. Unlike all other powered toothbrushes, we built ours so that it can be worked on and repaired, and if anything ever goes wrong with your Be., we'll repair or replace it, for free (you pay for shipping).
When can I expect to receive my Be.? We will be diligently updating our post-campaign status, we want everyone who helped us reach our goal to have transparency on where we are at in the process. Right now, the plan is to have all of the kickstarter backers their Be.'s in-hand by December 2018.
Why will it take that long to fulfill? A year may seem like a long time to wait for your Be. brush, but to put it in perspective - our team has brought literally hundreds of products to market, and the average time it takes to do it successfully is 18 months from start to finish. We are pushing really hard to get this done in 12 and if we get it done sooner, you will be the first to know!
How do I use the Be. brush? It's super easy - Step 1: put a pea-sized dab of toothpaste on the bristles, Step 2 : give the dial on the bottom end of the brush 2 full twists, Step 3: press down on the power button - that's it!
How do I stop it if I don't want to brush for 2 minutes? Great question, the only thing that is different about using the Be. brush is that you have to give it a twist before you use it, otherwise, you just use it like it's your favorite electric toothbrush. To turn it off, just hit the power button. Note that you have some power left in your brush, so the next time you use it, you may not need to give it the full 2 twists.
What happens if I over-twist it? We've designed it to stop when it's fully charged, so you should actually twist it until it stops being able to twist. You can't over-twist, so as our pal Sam Cooke says "twist the night away"!
Can Be. get wet? Be. is designed to be in extreme environments, the outdoors and even in space (yes, space, it's the unofficial toothbrush of space), so yeah get it wet, it will be just fine.
My dentist recommended that I only use an electric toothbrush, is Be. dentist recommended? We have shown Be. to a handful of professionals in Portland, and the feedback has been nothing but great. We are taking the steps to get Be officially recommended by the ADA as well as endorsed by local dental practices.
What is Binchotan? Binchotan is essentially the best version of activated charcoal, which has been used for decades in things like air and water purification. Activated charcoal helps eliminate foul odors in your mouth, as well as balance the pH and fight the germs that cause gingivitis and tooth decay.
How do I get brush refills? If you need more brush refills, they will be available on our website at www.thegoodwellcompany.com, as well as stores across the US. If you want us to be carried at your local store, please reach out to us via email, and put us in touch with your local grocery or retail.
The brush refills are biodegradable? Yes! We have put so much effort into creating a commodity product that has little to no impact on the environment, our brush refills are compostable and biodegradable, when you are done with them you can toss them in the compost, in your trash or just bury them! They take around 270 days to decompose.
How many brush refills come in the 1-year supply of replacement heads? Be. comes with 1 head on it and 4 in the box, so 5 heads total. The annual refill packs will be 4 as well.I thought Binchotan Charcoal Bristles were black? You may notice that in some pictures we are using white and blue bristles, and in others we are using black bristles. Why is this? These are all prototypes, so we are using the materials we have on-hand at the moment, but in the production units, the bristles will indeed be Black, activated charcoal infused bristles.
Are your products cruelty-free and vegan? Yes they are! All of our products are not tested on animals, vegan, and carbon neutral.
Can I change my perk? Kickstarter has now made it easier than ever to upgrade your perks. Learn more here.
Can I cancel my perk? Regarding cancellations, Kickstarter policies dictate that campaign owners have no ability to adjust perk selections. Backers can upgrade, change, or cancel their perks/rewards at anytime on their contributor's profile until the campaign has closed. After the campaign has ended and funds have been disbursed, the campaigners will evaluate such requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
What if I'm a pro-reseller looking for a deal? Reach to email@example.com for more information on distribution perks.
How is shipping handled? We will be shipping via the United States Postal Service First Class mail with delivery tracking confirmation. International shipments will be sent via International First Class.
How much is shipping and handling? Shipping and handling fees are indicated in your pledge, search your inbox for your pledge confirmation, the shipping and handling fees should be clearly outlined. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to shoot us an email.
Risks and challenges
Since this product and this genre of toothbrush has never been mass produced, we face the challenge of being the first to market with a new technology. We will run into manufacturing hurdles along the way - finding the right partners, as well as meeting production, assembly and shipping deadlines. The good news is that we gave ourselves plenty of time to do these things and do them right. We also have a team of professionals that have brought hundreds of products to market, so any hiccups that do arise will swiftly be dealt with and overcome.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter