If you’re looking to make your life a little more sustainable, you may be thinking about switching to plastic-free toothpaste. In this blog, we look at which types are available and which brands you can go to.
What is plastic-free or zero waste toothpaste?
Most toothpaste comes in a plastic tube that you then have to throw away. Since you regularly buy a new toothpaste, that can become a lot of waste. Meanwhile, there is also toothpaste available that does not come in a plastic tube. It is never completely waste-free, it must of course always be packaged, but it does not contain plastic and the packaging is kept to a minimum.
For some people, it takes a little getting used to at first to brush your teeth in a slightly different way. But most get used to it pretty quickly.
The form that this toothpaste is available can differ, so you have roughly seen 4 different types. You probably have a preference and if you don’t like one species, you may like another.
Types of zero waste toothpaste
Toothpaste in a glass jar
Of the different types, the toothpaste in a glass jar is the most common. So it is normal toothpaste, usually also with natural ingredients. But it is not in a plastic tube but in a glass jar. You can use a spatula to get the toothpaste on your toothbrush.
The jar can go with the glass and the lid with PMD. Or you can of course use it to store homemade care products.
Solid Block Toothpaste
It is a sturdy hard block that you can often buy on a stick, such as a frisco 😉 You must first wet your toothbrush and then rub the block of toothpaste so that a little toothpaste comes on your toothbrush.
Toothpaste powder can be used in two ways. Or you put the powder with a spatula on your toothbrush and as soon as it comes into contact with water it foams very slightly. Or you wet your toothbrush and push the hairs into the powder.
Toothpaste tablets look a bit like a pill. You put one in your mouth and chew it. The tablet will now become a powder that you can mix with your saliva, making it foam. Now you can take out your wet toothbrush and brush as you normally would.
Toothpaste tablets are also very easy to take with you when you travel. You only need to take the number of tablets with you for the number of days you are away. So you don’t have to take a whole tube or jar with you, which saves space.
As convenient as it is, it is not suitable for babies and small children as it is a bit more dangerous.
There are now many brands that sell plastic-free toothpaste. Some even have several varieties in their range.
Plastic-free toothpaste brands
Auromere Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste
60 toothpaste tabs in a glass jar. Also available in refill pack with 160 tablets (3×60).
- Tropical fruit
Tin can with 30 tablets in mint flavor. Also available as a refill package with 180 tablets.
Glass jars with 62 tablets. You also can order a refill pack with 180 tabs.
- Natural mint (with fluoride)
- Natural mint (fluoride free)
- Natural mint with charcoal (with fluoride)
90 peppermint toothpaste tablets in a glass jar. Also available in refill pack with 200 tablets.
- Natural peppermint (fluoridefree)
- Watermelon (fluoridefree)
- Fresh mint and coconut oil (fluoridefree) with activated charcoal
- Forrest fresh – mineral-rich
- Peppermint with activated charcoal
- Citrus spice blend
This toothpaste powder is vegan and fluoride-free.
- Activated charcoal
Tooth powder with essential oils.
- Sweet spice
- Bubble gum
- Fennel Anise
- Lemongrass ginger
- Super mint
The Humble co / Humble brush
In addition to bamboo toothbrushes and toothpaste in tubes, Humble brush also has plastic-free toothpaste. They carry the vegan label and are cruelty free certified.
The tablets are available in mint flavor or with charcoal and you can choose whether or not to have fluorine.
Toothpaste in glass jar