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18 Dec 2013

Loughborough design graduate reinvents the toothbrush

Simon Enever with the byDEFAULT toothbrush range Simon Enever with the byDEFAULT toothbrush range

A Loughborough design graduate aims to reinvent the toothbrush with an innovative new design that improves hygiene, reduces plastic waste, and makes a style statement.

Graduating with a first class degree in industrial design and technology, Simon Enever has worked for the last four years in New York at the world leading design consultancies, Fuseproject and ECCO design NY, working with global health and personal care and electronics brands including 3M, LG, Nivea, Panasonic and Unilever.

Simon now splits his time as ECCO design lead and product development at byDEFAULT, the company he launched earlier this year to inject an English design perspective on the US market. The toothbrush is byDEFAULT’S first product.

Commenting on his new venture, Simon said: “We invest more than ever on health gadgets, but teeth are largely ignored. byDEFAULT aims to reinvent the toothbrush to make good brushing practice easier, improve hygiene, reduce plastic waste, and make it something people would actually enjoy using.”

Following a year’s research with dentists and partnership with a major manufacturer, Simon has launched the byDEFAULT toothbrush on the project funding website Indiegogo.

He concludes: “We see this as the start of a platform that can revolutionise a tired industry. New ergonomic handles, smarter vibration modules and unique head attachments can keep the brush adapting to changing trends and technology for years and with the basic brush starting at just $19 and head subscription only $4 / 3 month cycle, we are one of the most competitive products on the market.”

Notes for editors

Article reference number: PR 13/236

(1) A press pack of photographs and video material is available to download
www.dropbox.com/s/peedgkdut0n2l4f/TOOTHBRUSHbyDEFAULT.zip

(2) Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year title in 2008-09 and has been named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

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