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4 Eco-Friendly Toothpaste Options, From Tablets to Tooth Soap

Looking for some eco-friendly toothpaste options to try out? Start with these sustainable picks, from tablets to tooth soap.

Written by
Kathryn Gatewood

There are so many different eco-friendly products you can include in your bathroom line-up. You may have already thought of refillable deodorants, solid shampoo bars, and even plastic-free razors, but what about en an eco-friendly toothpaste?

The plastic tube of toothpaste on your countertop is something you've used for as long as you can remember. But brushing with eco-friendly toothpaste is one of the easiest swaps to make your daily routine more sustainable. However, after using the same product your entire life, it can feel really hard to know where to start when looking for an alternative.

Before you make any switches in your oral care routine, be sure to consult with your dentist to confirm your eco-friendly toothpaste has all the ingredients your teeth need to stay healthy. Let's take a look at a few different types of plastic-free, eco-friendly toothpaste you should know about.

Types of Eco-Friendly Toothpaste

1. Tablets

To use a toothpaste tablet, you bite down on it, brush your teeth with a wet toothbrush, and watch as it foams up right before your eyes.

Bite Toothpaste Bits are a zero-waste classic and come in three flavors. All Toothpaste Bits come with a refillable glass jar on the first purchase, then in compostable refill packets for subsequent orders. The ingredient nHAp or Nano-Hydroxyapatite—a non-toxic fluoride alternative—is what helps it fight sensitivity, strengthen teeth, and whiten.

Mintly is another sustainable oral wellness brand with toothpaste tablets. The company carries tablets with or without fluoride, making you the boss of what goes into your system. The products and packaging were designed to reduce waste and to be reused and recycled.

2. Tooth Soap

Thankfully, tooth soap doesn't taste anything like actual soap. Wet the toothbrush, rub it all over the "soap" until you see bubbles, then brush your teeth. Once you start brushing, it will foam up.

Made with organic coconut oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and peppermint oil, Georganics Natural Toothsoap is a vegan, cruelty-free, and fluoride-free option. Georganics is committed to Fair Trade. All packaging is plastic-free, recyclable, and fully biodegradable; even the print is made from vegetable ink.

Also, check out Alo Goods Toothbrushing Soap. Simply made with olive oil, sodium hydroxide, aloe vera, and essential oils, Alo claims the soap helps to remineralize tooth enamel by promoting an alkaline PH in your mouth. Alo Goods products are packaged in recycled materials that are recyclable, reusable, biodegradable, and/or compostable.

3. Toothpaste Powder

To use toothpaste powder, simply wet the toothbrush, dip it in the powder, and brush.

We've already introduced you to the Georganics brand, but the company sells a variety of flavors of toothpaste powder as well. Made with mineral powders, this toothpaste powder is a plastic-free option to consider.

Primal Life Dirty Mouth ToothPowder is one of the only powders on the market with hydroxyapatite, which is a dentist-recommended fluoride alternative. The brand is on a mission to "reduce landfill waste, improve sustainability, and reduce personal toxic load by using eco-friendly, human-loving packaging void of toxins and chemicals that pollute the products, your body, and the environment." Products come in packaging made of bamboo, cardboard, and glass.

4. Sustainable Material Tube

Not ready to ditch the tried and true toothpaste tube? Switch to a brand that carries tubes made out of sustainable and recyclable materials instead of plastic. (Let's be honest—a metal tube looks so much cooler than plastic anyway!)

Davids Toothpaste is packaged in a recyclable metal tube and cleans your teeth with naturally-sourced ingredients. Use a key to squeeze all of the toothpaste out of the tube. The paperboard that surrounds the tube for packaging comes from forests that are protected and managed by the Forest Stewardship Council.