5 Eco-Friendly Toothpaste Options That Will Make You Ditch the Plastic Tube

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written by:  Kathryn Gatewood

editor's note:

Looking for some eco-friendly toothpaste brands to try? Start with these options, from tablets to toothsoap. (Because yes... toothsoap is a thing.)

There are so many different eco-friendly products you can include in your bathroom line-up. There’s natural deodorant, a solid shampoo bar, and even an eco-friendly safety razor. Something you may not have thought about, though, is switching to 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 an eco-friendly toothpaste is one of the easiest ways to make your daily routine more sustainable. With that being said, when you’ve used the same product your entire life, it can be really hard to know where to start when buying a plastic-free alternative.

There are few different types of eco-friendly toothpaste options to get to know. First, there’s the tablet. You bite down on it, brush with a wet toothpaste, and watch as it foams up right before your eyes. Next, there’s “toothsoaps”—which, thankfully, don’t taste anything like actual soap. Wet your toothbrush, rub it all over the “soap” until you see bubbles, then brush your teeth. Once you start brushing, it will foam up.

There are also toothpaste powders. To use them, you simply wet your toothbrush, dip it in the powder, and brush. There’s also the option to continue using a tube. Only this time, it’s made out of sustainable and recyclable materials instead of plastic. The one below, for instance, comes in a recyclable metal tube. (Which, let’s be honest, looks so much cooler than plastic anyway.)

When you’re ready to make the switch to eco-friendly toothpaste, here are some Scout-approved picks to try.

5 Eco-Friendly Toothpaste Options


Bite Toothpaste Bits

Price:

$12 for 62 tablets

Our Take:

Bite values sustainability in every step of the process, from the packaging to the shipping. All Toothpaste Bits orders come with a refillable glass jar on your first purchase, then compostable refill packets for all subsequent orders. Its ingredients are 100 percent gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. Bite also doesn't contain any harsh, unwanted chemicals, such as sulfates or fluoride.
Bite Toothpaste Bits are a zero-waste classic and come in three flavors. The ingredient nHAp or Nano-Hydroxyapatite—a non-toxic fluoride alternative—is what helps it fight sensitivity, strengthen teeth, and whiten. And if you're wondering how these Bits stay together, you can thank guar gum for that. (FYI: These are also quite similar to Lush's crowd-favorite Toothy Tabs.)

Georganics Toothsoap

Price:

$12

Our Take:

We know what you’re thinking: “Toothsoap... what's that?” It's made with organic coconut oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and peppermint oil (or activated charcoal powder, depending on the flavor). The product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and fluoride-free, and the packaging is compostable.
Georganics is committed to Fair Trade, fair employment, and environmental protection and always strives to make a positive impact. All packaging is plastic-free, recyclable, and fully biodegradable; even the print is made from vegetable ink. Georganics also reuses packaging from its suppliers in your orders.

Davids Toothpaste

Price:

$10

Our Take:

If you’re not ready to part from the conventional toothpaste tube, Davids toothpaste is for you. It's packaged in a recyclable metal tube and cleans your teeth with naturally-sourced (and naturally-derived) ingredients. After choosing one of the brand's four flavors, you can also choose whether you want to receive a key or not. The keys are used to squeeze all the toothpaste out of the tube, and they only need to be purchased once.
Davids toothpaste is free of fluoride and sulfates, and contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, or preservatives. Its flavors are created using essential oils and are sweetened by stevia. Davids is a member of Leaping Bunny and doesn't include any animal products in its toothpastes. The paperboard that surrounds the tube for packaging comes from forests that are protected and managed by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Georganics Toothpaste Powder

Price:

$10

Our Take:

If we haven’t scared you away by mentioning toothsoap, it's time to introduce powder. Georganics' toothpaste powder comes in six flavors, all of which are vegan, cruelty-free, and fluoride-free. The product also comes in a reusable jar.
Georganics’ small-batch oral care products are crafted with ingredients from pure, natural, and organic sources. All products are vegan and free from SLS, triclosan, and parabens. The company has grown from a tiny farmers' market stall to one of Europe’s most trusted brands for natural oral care.

byHumankind Toothpaste Tablets

Price:

$15 for 60 tablets

Our Take:

Prefer fluoride in your toothpaste? Try these toothpaste tabs from byHumankind. The company offers a subscription plan with a compostable refill pouch made from kraft paper. Plus, all of its shipping is carbon neutral. And did we mention they’re gluten-free and ethically made? Each time you refill, you eliminate 0.40 ounces of single-use plastic waste.
byHumankind partnered with Plastic Bank to help customers reach a net-zero plastic footprint. For every dollar, Plastic Bank recovers and recycles 4.4 pounds of plastic waste while creating jobs in countries like Haiti, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Bite Toothpaste Bits

Price:

$12 for 62 tablets

Our Take:

Bite values sustainability in every step of the process, from the packaging to the shipping. All Toothpaste Bits orders come with a refillable glass jar on your first purchase, then compostable refill packets for all subsequent orders. Its ingredients are 100 percent gluten-free, vegan, and cruelty-free. Bite also doesn't contain any harsh, unwanted chemicals, such as sulfates or fluoride.
Bite Toothpaste Bits are a zero-waste classic and come in three flavors. The ingredient nHAp or Nano-Hydroxyapatite—a non-toxic fluoride alternative—is what helps it fight sensitivity, strengthen teeth, and whiten. And if you're wondering how these Bits stay together, you can thank guar gum for that. (FYI: These are also quite similar to Lush's crowd-favorite Toothy Tabs.)

Georganics Toothsoap

Price:

$12

Our Take:

We know what you’re thinking: “Toothsoap... what's that?” It's made with organic coconut oil, olive oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and peppermint oil (or activated charcoal powder, depending on the flavor). The product is also vegan, cruelty-free, and fluoride-free, and the packaging is compostable.
Georganics is committed to Fair Trade, fair employment, and environmental protection and always strives to make a positive impact. All packaging is plastic-free, recyclable, and fully biodegradable; even the print is made from vegetable ink. Georganics also reuses packaging from its suppliers in your orders.

Davids Toothpaste

Price:

$10

Our Take:

If you’re not ready to part from the conventional toothpaste tube, Davids toothpaste is for you. It's packaged in a recyclable metal tube and cleans your teeth with naturally-sourced (and naturally-derived) ingredients. After choosing one of the brand's four flavors, you can also choose whether you want to receive a key or not. The keys are used to squeeze all the toothpaste out of the tube, and they only need to be purchased once.
Davids toothpaste is free of fluoride and sulfates, and contains no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors, or preservatives. Its flavors are created using essential oils and are sweetened by stevia. Davids is a member of Leaping Bunny and doesn't include any animal products in its toothpastes. The paperboard that surrounds the tube for packaging comes from forests that are protected and managed by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Georganics Toothpaste Powder

Price:

$10

Our Take:

If we haven’t scared you away by mentioning toothsoap, it's time to introduce powder. Georganics' toothpaste powder comes in six flavors, all of which are vegan, cruelty-free, and fluoride-free. The product also comes in a reusable jar.
Georganics’ small-batch oral care products are crafted with ingredients from pure, natural, and organic sources. All products are vegan and free from SLS, triclosan, and parabens. The company has grown from a tiny farmers' market stall to one of Europe’s most trusted brands for natural oral care.

byHumankind Toothpaste Tablets

Price:

$15 for 60 tablets

Our Take:

Prefer fluoride in your toothpaste? Try these toothpaste tabs from byHumankind. The company offers a subscription plan with a compostable refill pouch made from kraft paper. Plus, all of its shipping is carbon neutral. And did we mention they’re gluten-free and ethically made? Each time you refill, you eliminate 0.40 ounces of single-use plastic waste.
byHumankind partnered with Plastic Bank to help customers reach a net-zero plastic footprint. For every dollar, Plastic Bank recovers and recycles 4.4 pounds of plastic waste while creating jobs in countries like Haiti, Indonesia, and the Philippines.



written by:  Kathryn Gatewood

editor's note:

Looking for some eco-friendly toothpaste brands to try? Start with these options, from tablets to toothsoap. (Because yes... toothsoap is a thing.)

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