The Little Toothbrush That Could: A Video Update from Our Founders

If you’ve been following along with us throughout our journey, then you’re aware that the road to bringing Bogobrush to life hasn’t always been easy. Alas, we have some great news for you:  we’ve officially placed our first order for 10,000 Bogobrushes! That means you should have a beautiful bamboo toothbrush in your hands come this December.

Our founders, John and Heather, wanted to take some time to personally thank you for all of your kind words, support, and patience. We couldn’t do this without you.

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Does the Government Shutdown Affect Bogobrush?

You’ve probably heard about the parks and museum closures that have taken place due to the government shutdown, but what about Bogobrush? Are we affected? The answer is “maybe.” Here’s how:

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FDA REGISTRATION
  • -Toothbrushes are a “Class I Medical Device,” which means Bogobrush, the company, must register with the FDA each year to distribute toothbrushes to the public.
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  • -If a company registers on, or after October 1 of a given year, that company is registered for the remainder of that year, plus the upcoming year.
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  • -For Bogobrush to distribute product in December 2013, and also be registered for 2014, we need to register In October.
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  • -The government shutdown prevents any new registrations from occurring, which means we need the government to open back up soon, so we can get Bogobrushes to everyone.
OTHER FDA POINTS
  • -The assembly facility must be an FDA certified factory.
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  • -We bristle and assemble packaging in the U.S. to guarantee the products are actually made in an FDA certified facility.
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  • -”Class I medical device” means it’s a common medical device, and is not introducing a new medical invention to the public.  This allows Class I Medical Device Companies, like Bogobrush, to simply register their device with the FDA, rather than go through the rigorous testing process that complex, new invention medical devices must go through.  If this class didn’t exist, all toothbrushes would be a lot more expensive to everyone.
government-shutdown-live-update-.siSo, what now? We wait. But we’re staying positive, and are still planning to have your Bogobrushes in your hands come December! C’mon, Government, you can do it!

Bogobrush at Health Pitch Fargo

“Leaders in our region are pushing healthcare and wellness innovation from good to great. On August 15th at Island Park, we will provide a platform for these risk takers to showcase their solutions that are improving the lives of people. Fargo is an exciting place to live and we want to give a stage to those doing xtraordinary work in our community.”

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If you’re in the Fargo area, you should come see our CEO, Heather, at Health Pitch! Purchase tickets here.

Finally, Bogobrush Pilot Run Success!

After dozens of test runs, design tweaks, and tolerance changes, we finally were able to order a successful 300 piece pilot run. The handles arrived just over a week ago, and we inspected them thoroughly before delivering them to the bristling facility here in the U.S.

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Heather personally made the trip to the facility to observe the bristling process and send minute-by-minute updates to the team.
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 We all sighed a collective sigh of joy (and relief) when they were successfully bristled.
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Now, we simply have to to finalize a few purchase order details, and your Bogobrushes will officially begin production. We’ll keep you updated, so you can track your Bogobrush from bamboo stock to your door!

Heather and John at the NDLS

Earlier this month, John and I had the privilege of speaking to- and more importantly, with -100 high school students at the North Dakota Leadership Seminar, or NDLS. We invite you to check out our experiences and be inspired by the young people of a state that is often overlooked, our home state! As John said, “Look out world, ND is coming for you!”

 A Bit of Background

Each year, nearly 100 high schools from around the state nominate one sophomore student to attend NDLS, a weekend camp held at the University of Mary campus in Bismarck, ND. NDLS is designed to get the students away from familiar settings and social expectations, and into an energy-packed weekend where they are empowered by self-worth and their individual strengths to grow as leaders and to develop a strong community responsibility.

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Building Bridges – Not Just a Metaphor 

The weekend is full of diverse activities designed to provide an opportunity for a variety of leadership skills. The event John and I witnessed was a bridge building activity, where the students divided into 15 teams, designed, then built a bridge out of newspaper and masking tape. The requirements? A pitcher of water had to pass under it and sit on top of it for 5 seconds. The strongest bridge built that day could hold 20 reams of paper – that’s 100lbs!

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Being Inspired While Inspiring Others

During our presentation, John and I spent the first ten minutes introducing the students to Bogobrush and sharing our own journeys from high school to present. We told them that for us, leadership is not a product of a job or role, but a lifestyle to be challenged intellectually, physically, and geographically, to question social social norms, and be true to what feels right to you. The remaining 45 minutes of our presentation we opened up for questions. We were amazed at the level of thought these students had about business, and we had a blast talking with them.

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“Almost Like a Different Universe”

Following our presentation, we participated in a pep rally of sorts with all the students. We did cheers about beans and hiking in the woods, and even “made” a thunderstorm inside. Later that night was their dance, which was movie themed, so they all were to dress up like their favorite movie character – hence the costumes.

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As we were driving back to our hometown, we reflected on the day. John commented it was “almost like a different universe.” And it was. Every student was fully engaged, and totally adapted to being outside of their comfort zones.

Congrats, NDLS. We are proud and honored to have been part of it.

 -Heather

Heather’s Alma Mater Features Bogobrush

Check us out in Concordia Magazine!

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Want to Hear Something Scary?

Trash found on Honolulu beach

Just because you tossed that plastic toothbrush in the trashcan, it doesn’t mean it’s actually going away.

Each year, 50 million pounds of plastic toothbrushes wind up in landfills…and that’s just in the U.S.A. alone. Well, Bogobrush is out to change that – our bamboo toothbrush is not only beautiful, it’s also biodegradable! You can read more about our mission to become a 100% biodegradable toothbrush here.

John’s Inspirations

What inspires Bogobrush designer and co-founder, John McDougall? Surprise.

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The clever design of the Peel Lamp, by YOY, creates a sense of curiosity and surprise in a simple package.  It makes you rethink the boundaries of your space, and suggests the idea of something intriguing beyond your walls.

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Bogobrush and Designed Good for Center for the Arts, Port au Prince

We’re teaming up with Designed Good to benefit Center for the Arts, Port au Prince in Haiti. Three years after their country was ravaged by a terrible earthquake, the people of Haiti are still trying to recover. Our mission is to to enrich the lives of students and educate them in an effort to inspire them through art and design. For every Bogobrush purchased through Designed Good, a student also will receive a new Bogobrush.  If you’d like to give, go HERE and pre-order your Bogobrush today!

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The Great Bogobrush Off

We are so excited to announce our collaboration with The Collective for The Great Bogobrush Off! Submit your photos HERE and enter to win a year supply of Bogobrushes! Details below:

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