Each year, 1 billion plastic toothpaste tubes end up in landfill, taking a very long time to biodegrade and causing pollution.  Considering the effect of ingesting synthetic chemicals, try these sustainable toothpaste alternatives, or go tube-free by making your own, DIY-style.

Without fluoride:

Georganics toothpaste has been specially developed to cleanse and remineralise teeth naturally – using calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate bases, which are said to be rich in enamel-strengthening minerals that reduce tooth sensitivity.  All ingredients are organic, food grade certified, cruelty-free and vegan.  It even specialises in kids’ toothpaste.  All products come in biodegradable or reusable packaging, and in the UK you can return any Georganics product at no cost as part of its Zero To Landfill scheme.

Dirty Hippie offers “a fresh alternative to toothpaste” with its range of tooth powders.  The trickiest ingredient to find a toothpaste without seems to be glycerin (which holds onto water and prevents toothpaste from drying out in a tube).  So Dirty Hippie created a re-mineralising powder which cleans and whitens teeth really well.  The powder comes in a glass jar, which you can either dampen a toothbrush and dip in or shake a little onto the lid or onto your toothbrush.  Refills and samples come in paper.  You can also mix with coconut oil if you prefer paste.

Lush makes practical fluoride-free Toothy Tabs.  Great for travel and on-the-go environmentalists, and because they’re solid tabs, the packaging is totally naked and compostable.  It also makes mouthwash tabs and tooth powder and jelly.  But Toothy Tabs make the most sense in terms of zero waste.  Its Limelight Tabs taste like sherbet and fizz on the tongue.  All Lush products are vegetarian (and many are vegan), and cruelty-free.  Unfortunately, they are not all palm-oil-free.

Truthpaste is the UK’s first zero-waste and cruelty-free mineral-based toothpaste.  Each handmade jar contains the finest grade of bentonite clay, combined with organic neem and aloe vera, myrrh and a unique blend of essential oils.  It has strong antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help fight the bacteria that cause decay, gingivitis and gum disease.  Unlike conventional or other natural toothpastes, Truthpaste does not contain any foaming agents, emulsifiers, thickening agents or artificial colourants.

With fluoride:

Denttabs dental tablets are sold in fully compostable bags, are made from corn starch and “carry the official compost certificate”.  These tabs are cruelty-free and vegan.  They’re also free of preservatives, germ-inhibiting substances, binders and contain neither aluminium nor nanoparticles.

You wouldn’t be able to say they are entirely natural though, with fluoride and other ingredients.  And they are not palm-oil-free, as they also contain sodium lauroyl glutamate (a palm oil derivative).

further reading…

Each year, 1 billion plastic toothpaste tubes end up in landfill, taking a very long time to biodegrade and causing pollution.  Considering the effect of ingesting synthetic chemicals, try these sustainable toothpaste alternatives, or go tube-free by making your own, DIY-style.

Without fluoride:

Georganics toothpaste has been specially developed to cleanse and remineralise teeth naturally – using calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate bases, which are said to be rich in enamel-strengthening minerals that reduce tooth sensitivity.  All ingredients are organic, food grade certified, cruelty-free and vegan.  It even specialises in kids’ toothpaste.  All products come in biodegradable or reusable packaging, and in the UK you can return any Georganics product at no cost as part of its Zero To Landfill scheme.

Dirty Hippie offers “a fresh alternative to toothpaste” with its range of tooth powders.  The trickiest ingredient to find a toothpaste without seems to be glycerin (which holds onto water and prevents toothpaste from drying out in a tube).  So Dirty Hippie created a re-mineralising powder which cleans and whitens teeth really well.  The powder comes in a glass jar, which you can either dampen a toothbrush and dip in or shake a little onto the lid or onto your toothbrush.  Refills and samples come in paper.  You can also mix with coconut oil if you prefer paste.

Lush makes practical fluoride-free Toothy Tabs.  Great for travel and on-the-go environmentalists, and because they’re solid tabs, the packaging is totally naked and compostable.  It also makes mouthwash tabs and tooth powder and jelly.  But Toothy Tabs make the most sense in terms of zero waste.  Its Limelight Tabs taste like sherbet and fizz on the tongue.  All Lush products are vegetarian (and many are vegan), and cruelty-free.  Unfortunately, they are not all palm-oil-free.

Truthpaste is the UK’s first zero-waste and cruelty-free mineral-based toothpaste.  Each handmade jar contains the finest grade of bentonite clay, combined with organic neem and aloe vera, myrrh and a unique blend of essential oils.  It has strong antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that help fight the bacteria that cause decay, gingivitis and gum disease.  Unlike conventional or other natural toothpastes, Truthpaste does not contain any foaming agents, emulsifiers, thickening agents or artificial colourants.

With fluoride:

Denttabs dental tablets are sold in fully compostable bags, are made from corn starch and “carry the official compost certificate”.  These tabs are cruelty-free and vegan.  They’re also free of preservatives, germ-inhibiting substances, binders and contain neither aluminium nor nanoparticles.

You wouldn’t be able to say they are entirely natural though, with fluoride and other ingredients.  And they are not palm-oil-free, as they also contain sodium lauroyl glutamate (a palm oil derivative).

further reading…