4 Awesome Sustainable ToothPaste Alternatives
Updated: Oct 11, 2022
Whether you are trying to live zero-waste wholly or just starting your sustainable journey, oral care should also be something you think about.
Why? Most of the traditional personal care products are packed in plastic packaging, which is very difficult to recycle (or in most cases impossible!). In addition, their ingredients are not as environmentally-friendly nor good for our health as they may seem in the beginning.
For example, triclosan. It is a chemical with antibacterial and antifungal properties; it was in 2016 recognized as not safe for use in soaps and similar products because small amounts can penetrate through the skin and, when accumulated, cause endocrine disruption and other health concerns. Nevertheless, its use is not banned for use in toothpaste because it is proven that it prevents gingivitis.
So, to avoid both unwanted waste accumulating in the landfills and harmful chemicals in our bodies, we should use personal care products made from substances that do not harm us and which have minimum packaging or with one which can be easily recycled.
We talk about sustainable toothpaste in this post, read on to learn more about four sustainable alternatives to your traditional toothpaste. These do not contain harmful chemicals, and they are packed in environmentally-friendly packaging that can easily be recycled as well.
So, let us begin!
The only "real" toothpaste on this list is Davids Toothpaste.
Davids natural peppermint toothpaste is fluoride-free, does not contain sulfates, is vegan, has all-natural ingredients, contains no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Also, it is made cruelty-free, so you can use it without feeling bad about our furry friends. Moreover, each packaging contains a tube key, enabling you to use every drop in the packaging.
The toothpaste comes in a 100% recyclable metal tube and cardboard box, which is compostable. There are two available flavors: peppermint and peppermint + charcoal (which offers extra whitening!).
Ingredients: Calcium carbonate, purified water, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), vegetable glycerin, hydrated silica, xylitol (birch derived), sodium cocoyl glutamate, carrageenan, peppermint oil, spearmint leaf oil, anise seed extract, wintergreen leaf oil, stevia (leaf extract). Peppermint + charcoal contains pharma-grade coconut charcoal.
This oral care product comes in the form of tablets; it is not traditional toothpaste, and, therefore, its use is slightly different. You have to put one tablet in the mouth, chew it up and then brush your teeth with a wet toothbrush.
Huppy Toothpaste Tablets are a non-toxic fluoride alternative, vegan, cruelty-free, plastic-free, SLS-free, non-GMO. Moreover, refill pouches are made from 100% paper and can be composted in your backyard. The tables foam easily and are entirely non-chalky, and are made with clean, sustainable ingredients like aloe vera extract, xylitol, peppermint oil, and coconut oil.
Every ingredient that goes into the tablets, formulated by experts, has been scientifically proven to fight cavities and boost oral health. Furthermore, these tables naturally whiten the teeth, freshen the breath, remineralize enamel, and reduce sensitivity.
The tablets are sold in packs containing 62 tablets. You can buy them as a single pack, 2-pack, 3-pack, or 4-pack in 3 different flavors: peppermint, charcoal mint, and watermelon strawberry.
Ingredients: Xylitol (From birch), Natural Mint Flavor, Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (From Coconut), Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Charcoal Powder*, Hydroxyapatite (Nano), Cellulose Gum, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (From Coconut), Zinc Citrate, Magnesium Stearate (Vegan)†, Hydrated Silica, Organic Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Organic Mentha Arvensis (Menthol) Crystals, Organic Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (From Licorice Root), and Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice.
This natural tooth powder is made from high-quality natural and organic ingredients, is free of fluoride, SLS, and glycerin, and promotes fresh breath as well as healthy teeth and gums. With a vegan and certified cruelty-free formula, plus plastic-free packaging, this toothpaste alternative is the perfect addition to your natural oral care routine.
The use of this tooth powder is very simple: just dip a clean toothbrush into the powder and brush your teeth for two minutes, followed by a rinse. There are three flavors available: spearmint, activated charcoal, and English peppermint.
Moreover, the tooth powder is packaged in a recyclable glass tub with a metal lid and ships in plastic-free packaging made from recycled content. Also, shipping packaging is recyclable.
Ingredients: Spearmint: Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Carbonate, Diatomaceous Earth*, Magnesium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tartaric Acid, Mentha Spicata Herb Oil*
Activated Charcoal: Sodium Bicarbonate, Charcoal Powder, Calcium Carbonate, Diatomaceous Earth*, Magnesium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tartaric Acid
English Peppermint: Sodium Bicarbonate, Calcium Carbonate, Diatomaceous Earth*, Magnesium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Tartaric Acid, Mentha Piperita
This is definitely a special kind of oral hygiene product: tooth cleansing oil. It is made from organic and natural ingredients like clove to support gum health. In addition, anise essential oil is used to sweeten the flavor and promote good digestion. All this combined together makes this daily tooth cleanser highly concentrated to keep teeth clean without any harsh abrasives. It is ideal for sensitive gums and cavity-prone teeth since it gently removes bacteria without causing damage. And, it is excellent for your wallet as well—it will last you twice as long as regular oral care products because you should use just three drops per brushing! The use us effortless—just put three drops on a toothbrush and brush your teeth as usual.
And as if this is not environmentally friendly enough, the product is packaged in a recyclable glass container with plastic and glass dropper and shipped in recyclable packaging made from recycled content.
It does not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or toxins; it is suitable for vegans and, of course, is cruelty-free.
Ingredients: Castile soap* (water, coconut oil*, sunflower oil*, castor oil*, citric acid, rosemary extract*), myrrh*, biodynamic high proof spirits*, essential oils of anis
There are many alternatives to traditional oral care products, many great ones listed here; all you have to do is choose the one that suits your needs the best! And, do not worry—if you do not like to product you chose, next time pick something else, and you will find the perfect match in no time.