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Zero Waste Toothpaste- The Ultimate Guide – 15 options to try

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Toothpaste is one of the most used items in a household. We all use it twice a day, but while it is good for our teeth, it’s not so great for the environment. Not only is the packaging made of plastics that can’t be recycled or easily broken down, but most toothpastes include ingredients that are harmful for the environment. Considering how much we use it, it’s definitely worth looking into a zero waste toothpaste option.

Of course, I am not a dentist, so it’s always worth checking with your dentist to make sure that you’re using the right toothpaste for you!

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Why is conventional toothpaste not eco-friendly?

Conventional toothpastes tend to include a lot of ingredients that aren’t strictly necessary. Things like Brilliant Blue FCF, which can be found in a few of the popular brands, are only used to colour toothpaste, but can be harmful to aquatic life. In small doses, these ingredients don’t cause too much damage, but if you think about the amount of toothpaste we use, it adds up, so it’s best we avoid them.

As well as ingredients, another reason why conventional toothpaste isn’t eco-friendly is, of course, the packaging. Toothpaste comes in plastic tubes which can’t be recycled and end up sitting in landfill. It can take a single tube up to 500 years to decompose. To put it into perspective, let’s say you buy a new tube of toothpaste every 2 months. That’s 6 tubes a year, roughly 420 in a lifetime. For all of those to decompose, it will take roughly 210,000 years. And that’s just for one person!

Fluoride or No Fluoride? The debate and my thoughts

This is an ongoing debate that has weighted arguments on each side. Personally, I am for fluoride as it is recommended by dentists and can help prevent tooth decay. It’s important for our dental health, and therefore we shouldn’t stop using it without thinking it through properly.

It is, however, worth noting the impact fluoride has on the environment. Fluoride pollution is a thing, but it’s less to do with the amount of toothpaste we use, and more to do with the way certain companies are run. Fluoride exists naturally in water, but as an attempt to improve dental health, some countries have added more to the water supply. This, plus the waste from factories that ends up in the water supply, can have a negative impact on certain animals. However, companies are starting to realise this and change the way waste works, bringing the fluoride down to a safer level.

Can I make my own Zero Waste Toothpaste?

It is possible to make your own toothpaste using baking soda, water, coconut oil, and other ingredients depending on what you like your toothpaste to do. However, it’s best to talk to a dentist before you try making your own. You may think it’s a cheap and easy option, but if you use the wrong ingredients, those dentist bills will be expensive!



Zero Waste Toothpaste Brands

 1. Parla

Zero Waste Toothpaste Parla
  • Plastic Free
  • Conscious Packaging
  • Contains Fluoride
  • Refillable
  • Tablets

Discount: Use Code LOTTIEXPARLA10 here for 10% off

This is my ultimate favourite brand for zero waste toothpaste and the brand we both use at home. I use the original and Oscar prefers the Pro option. This brand was recommended to me by my dentist, and I will never turn back. The added bonus is it is great for compact travelling! I highly suggest you check them out!

Created by a group of dentists, Parla toothpaste tabs are a great substitute for conventional toothpaste. Your first order comes in a glass jar, and after that you can order refills that arrive in compostable packaging, making it zero-waste! To make it even easier, they offer a subscription service so you can have you refills automatically delivered to you, making sure you never run out again.

Shipping: UK
Price – 62 tablets for £6.95, or 248 tablets (4 months worth) for £20

2. Ben and Anna

Zero Waste Toothpaste Ben and Anna
  • Plastic Free
  • Conscious Packaging
  • Plant-Based
  • Options for Fluoride and no Fluoride
  • Paste, tablets or powder

This toothpaste in a recyclable glass jar is a great alternative to the plastic tubes! Simply scrape a little bit of the paste onto your toothbrush and brush as normal. They have options with or without fluoride, and different flavours for those who don’t like mint. The company also has toothpaste in tablet or powder form, as well as mouthwash for sensitive teeth.

Shipping: UK, Europe

Flavours:  

  • Orange
  • White
  • Strawberry (for children)


Price – £8.95

3. Georganics

Zero Waste Toothpaste georganics
Image from Georganics
  • Plastic Free
  • Conscious Packaging
  • Plant-Based
  • Fluoride Options Available
  • Paste, tablets, or powder

Georganics have a wide range of zero waste toothpaste, tablets and powders, both with and without fluoride, and in different flavours. They really have something for everyone! They don’t just stop at toothpastes, they also have different mouthwash, floss, and toothbrushes too. All of their packaging is recyclable or compostable, and they have a list of their ingredients on their website, where they are transparent about how and where they source them. You can even choose to plant 2 trees for an extra 50p when you order!

Shipping: Worldwide

Flavours:  

  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Orange
  • Tea Tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Activated Charcoal


Price:

  • Toothpaste – £6.90
  • Tablets – £8.90
  • Powder – £6.90

4. Happier

Image from Bower Collective
  • Recyclable Packaging
  • Plant-Based
  • Contains Fluoride
  • Paste

Happier toothpaste comes in a form that we’re all used to, but the aluminium tube means that it’s completely recyclable. You can even purchase a ‘Squeeze Key’ to make sure you get every last drop! It comes in a fresh mint flavour and contains fluoride.

Shipping: UK
Price – £7.99

5. Eco Living – Zero Waste Toothpaste

  • Plastic Free
  • Conscious Packaging
  • Plant-Based
  • Contains Fluoride
  • Refillable
  • Tablets

These toothpaste tablets come in a handy little metal tin which makes it easy for travelling. When you first order, you get a tin with 62 tablets in, and then you can order resealable pouches of 125 tablets so that you can refill it. Once the pouch is empty, it can be composted.

Shipping: UK
Price – £3.50

6. Brushd

Zero Waste Toothpaste Brushd
  • Plastic Free
  • Conscious Packaging
  • Plant-Based
  • With or Without Fluoride
  • Refillable
  • Tablets

These vegan-friendly toothpaste tablets come in a glass jar, with refills available. The refills come in a card box, making it easily recyclable. They even have options with and without fluoride, so everyone can make the switch regardless of your preference!

Shipping: UK, with European shipping coming soon

Flavours:  

  • Peppermint
  • Fresh Mint


Price – £5.99

7. Boca

  • Conscious Packaging
  • Plant-Based
  • With or Without Fluoride
  • Refillable
  • Paste
  • Subscription Available

Boca began looking into creating their own toothpaste when owner Richard learnt about the harsh chemicals in conventional toothpastes, and the amount of plastic waste that is created by the tubes. He was also struggling with his minty toothpaste making him feel energised at night, when he wanted to be winding down for bed. He wondered why we use the same toothpaste in the morning and evening, and so created two different flavours that achieve different things. Both use organic ingredients, and there’s the option for them to come with or without fluoride. You can even add a free bamboo toothbrush to your order!

Boca are currently trialling a refill system, which you can opt in or out of at the checkout. You can either order the refills and do it yourself, or you can send the tubes back to them for free for them to refill.

Shipping: UK, EU
Price – £11, or £9.99 for the subscription

8. Bambooth

  • Plastic Free
  • Conscious Packaging
  • Plant-Based
  • Contains Fluoride
  • Tablets

Bambooth toothpaste tablets are easy to use and plastic free. Each biodegradable pouch contains 60 tablets. For every pouch sold, Bambooth donates 10p towards conservation efforts in four different ecosystems; coral, marine, ocean, and forest.

Shipping: Worldwide
Price – £5.49

9. Organically Epic

Image from Wearth
  • Plastic Free
  • Conscious Packaging
  • Plant-Based
  • Fluoride Free
  • Paste

Organically Epic is a mother and daughter duo, who create eco-friendly dental products. Their organic toothpaste comes in a sugarcane tube, meaning that it breaks down a lot easier than conventional toothpaste tubes. The paste itself is made from natural ingredients.

Shipping: UK, with European shipping coming soon
Price – £14.95

10. Hydrophil

Zero Waste Toothpaste
  • Plastic Free
  • Conscious Packaging
  • Plant-Based
  • Contains Fluoride
  • Paste

This vegan toothpaste comes in a tube made of wood, meaning that it breaks down a lot faster than the conventional plastic ones. The wood used is made from recycled sawdust. The tube is not currently recyclable, but Hydrophil are working on finding a way to recycle it.

Shipping: UK
Price – £5.25

11. Truthpaste

Zero Waste Toothpaste
  • Plastic Free
  • Conscious Packaging
  • Plant-Based
  • Fluoride Free
  • Paste

Truthpaste’s peppermint flavour toothpaste was a finalist in the 2018 Beauty Awards, and was highly commended in the 2020 Veggie Awards. All their pastes are fluoride free, and come in a glass jar that can easily be recycled. They have a variety of flavours, including two for children, so there’s something for everyone!

Shipping: UK

Flavours:  

  • Orange (For kids)
  • Mild Mint (For kids)
  • Peppermint
  • Fennel
  • Charcoal, Fennel, and Orange
  • Charcoal, Peppermint


Price – £8.95

Some More Zero Waste Toothpaste Options:  

While this post highlights just a few options, there’s other great companies who are also coming up with sustainable swaps! Do you have a favourite toothpaste, tablet, or powder that I missed? Let me know in the comments below.

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