Powders, pastes, chewable tabs- do you long for the days before you knew you had so many toothpaste options? Well, turn that frown upside down. We found the seven most eco friendly toothpaste choices on the market.
We even found a zero waste toothpaste that comes in a tube!
Zero Waste Toothpaste – Top 7 Eco-Friendly Choices
Having an eco friendly bathroom is about more than just having a low flow showerhead or a low flow toilet. A zero waste lifestyle is about daily buying choices. And brushing our teeth is a daily activity.
It can seem overwhelming to decide which zero waste toothpaste will be best for you. Between packaging choices and unfamiliar delivery methods, who knew toothpaste could be so complicated. But don’t worry.
We’ll demystify your zero waste toothpaste options so you can be smiling again. We’ve found the top seven eco friendly toothpaste options based on packing, ingredients, and of course, taste. We’re confident there’s one that’s perfect for your pearly whites.
Here’s a quick chart to help you see the differences.
Haven’t found a toothpaste that has you grinning? We’ve barely begun our toothpaste examination. Keep reading for our in depth reviews of the seven best zero waste toothpaste options.
Package: Metal Tin
- Type of Toothpaste: Chewable tablet
- Quantity: 120
Say bye-bye to leaking tubes of toothpaste and hello to a new way of brushing your teeth with hello Antiplaque + Whitening Eco Friendly Travel Toothpaste Tablets. These toothpaste tablets will change the way you brush your teeth.
When you open the super cute reusable metal tin, you will see small white tablets- they kind of look like little mints. Just pop one in your mouth and begin to chew. Soon you will feel a minty flavored paste forming. That’s when you get ready with your eco-friendly zero-waste electric toothbrush.
Use that paste to brush as normal. When you finish brushing, swish and spit. There’s no lid to lose, no gooey paste to stick to your countertop, so you keep your bathroom clean as well as your teeth.
Not only are these toothpaste tablets super easy to use- they are made from quality ingredients, including coconut oil and real peppermint. Which means it tastes great too.
If you love your toothpaste in a tube but hate the plastic, check out Davids Natural Whitening Toothpaste. This toothpaste comes in a tube like you are used to but with one big difference. This tube is made from recyclable metal. This is perfect if you are don’t dig the idea of chewable tablets or worry about breaking a glass jar in your bathroom.
Not only is the packing great, but the product inside the packing is good too. (I mean, really, that’s what matters in the end.) All natural ingredients, vegan, and taste tremendous plus it makes your teeth shiny clean, what more can you ask for?
Did you say a reasonable price? Well, they’ve got you there too. Davids Natural Whitening Toothpaste is our budget pick. Heck, they even include a metal key to help you squeeze every last ounce of toothpaste out, so you don’t waste a cent.
Chewpaste, as the name suggests, is a chewable tablet that turns into a paste. It’s the ingredients in Chewpaste that make it stand out, so let’s take a closer look at what they use to formulate their toothpaste.
First, they use Canadian Glacial Clay- which isn’t something you see on your toothpaste ingredient list every day. The clay, along with the other ingredients, helps whiten your teeth, neutralize bacteria, and all sorts of other good stuff.
Unlike many natural toothpaste options, Chewpaste does use a foaming agent (though it is not sodium lauryl sulfate), so you will find these tabs are foamier than most others. If you’ve found other chewable tabs not foamy enough, these may surprise you.
The flavor is a bit surprising as well. It combines vanilla with a traditional mint. While some people find the flavor combination fine, others find that vanilla can be a bit overpowering for brushing your teeth.
Package: Glass Jar
- Type of Toothpaste: Paste
- Quantity: 3.3 oz
Nelson Naturals Citrus Spice Blend Flouride Free Toothpaste offers an alkaline formula that aids with tooth remineralization. Their formula contains colloidal silver as well trace mineral concentrate.
The paste comes in a glass jar, and you can either dip your brush in the paste or use a small spoon as an applicator. It can take a little while until you get the knack of the proper way to apply it to your toothbrush. But once you do, then you will brush your teeth as normal.
Be prepared that you may find the Citrus Spice Blend a little exotic. It seems to be a love-hate kind of thing. If you are a tried and true peppermint lover, you might want to check out another option. On the other hand, if you aren’t set in your ways, it can be worth a little exploration.
It may turn out you needed to spice up your morning to brighten your smile.
Package: Food Safe Paper
- Type of Toothpaste: Powder
- Quantity: 3.5 oz
Simply Sooney Organic Vegan Flouride Free Tooth Powder is specially crafted by hand in small batches to ensure the highest quality product. Neither a paste nor a tablet– this is a tooth powder. The mixture includes pure bentonite clay, certified organic peppermint essential oil, and Himalayan Sea Salt. Since it is a dry powder, it doesn’t have any oils like many pastes do.
The packaging of this toothpowder is rather unique. It comes in a recyclable, reusable paper bag. Once it arrives, you will want to remove the powder from the bag and store it in a container. You can use glass or metal, whatever you have on hand.
You can then use the paper bag again and even reseal it. Just heat up your flat iron and run it across the top. That’s pretty nifty zero waste packaging if you ask me!
SuperBee Dentos Eco Toothpaste Tabs are another tablet option for you. Like hello Antiplaque + Whitening Tabs, these also come in a convenient metal tin that can be reused or later recycled.
While some people struggle to open the tin, that seems to be the most challenging part of using these refreshing toothpaste tabs. Once you get the tin open, you don’t even need water to use these. Simply start chewing, and they will begin to foam, just like regular toothpaste.
The spearmint flavor is subtly different than the standard peppermint adding a refreshing change to your morning routine.
Package: Glass Jar
- Type of Toothpaste: Paste
- Quantity: 2 oz
You wouldn’t feel comfortable eating your regular toothpaste- or at least I know I wouldn’t. But the folks at Butter Me Up Organics want you to know you can trust they are using all non-toxic, premium ingredients- so everything used is edible, if not always so tasty.
Though Butter Me Up Organics All Natural Sweet Orange Organic Whitening Toothpaste actually tastes pretty pleasant. You will find the flavor is salty– that’s intentional. The saltiness comes from the sea salt and baking soda. These ingredients help whiten and remineralize your teeth.
These salts are combined with oils to form a paste, similar in texture to what you find in a tube but minus all the chemicals and plastic. It’s packaged in a glass jar that makes it convenient to apply the paste to your toothbrush. This is an excellent plastic free option for toothpaste.
Everything You Need To Know About Zero Waste Toothpaste
When I grew up, there was just one kind of toothpaste in the toothpaste aisle- toothpaste that was “paste.” It came in either a tube or a pump dispenser– but either way, it always leaked all over the bathroom counter, leaving a big, goopy mess.
But nowadays, we have many more options for types of toothpaste out there. So let’s take a look at what makes a good zero waste toothpaste.
When we talk about zero waste toothpaste, it really comes down to the packaging. Obviously, you need to keep your toothpaste in something, but we all know there are better options than the typical plastic tube you find at your local grocery store. But what are they?
Glass and metal are the two most common materials you will find for storing your toothpaste. Both materials are reusable and recyclable, making either of them a good choice for your zero waste lifestyle.
Glass jars add a vintage aesthetic to your bathroom. They also work well to help seal out moisture in a humid environment (like your bathroom). However, glass is breakable, so it’s not so great for travel.
Glass jars and metal tins are perfect for reusing around your home later.
If you want zero waste packaging that’s portable for when you are the go, then tablets packaged in a metal tin like hello Antiplaque + Whitening Toothpaste Tablets are your best bet. But metal isn’t used just for making tins. You can find old school metal toothpaste tubes for your more traditional style toothpaste.
You will find the type of toothpaste you choose is going affect how it’s packaged as well. So let’s take a closer look at which kind of toothpaste is best for you.
Tabs, Powders, and Pastes, Oh My!
The world of toothpaste has moved beyond just plain old paste in a tube. Now you can choose tablets, powders, or pastes. But what are all these different kinds of toothpaste really? Let’s take a closer look at how they all work.
- Tablets – These are small, chewable tablets that foam as you chew them. When you begin to feel the foaming action, you insert your toothbrush and brush.
- Powder – A dry powder that can be sprinkled on your toothbrush before you brush. Alternately, you can dip your brush directly into the powder.
- Paste – A mixture containing more liquid ingredients, most similar to what we think of as toothpaste from a tube.
Which type of toothpaste you choose is going to be a personal preference. The tablets are popular because they are convenient, but many people find switching to an unfamiliar method of toothbrushing too strange.
If you aren’t looking to change your brushing habits but are just looking for a more zero waste product, you want to stick to pastes, especially one like David’s Natural Whitening Toothpaste that comes in a recyclable metal tube.
Not only are all our toothpaste choices zero waste, but they are also all made from natural ingredients. While the ingredient list for each toothpaste is different, you will find all our choices have some things in common.
They are all:
- Fluoride Free
- Sodium Laurel Sulphate Free
They also contain many of the same ingredients for the same purposes. Now you may recognize some like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) which is known for its tooth whitening properties (1). Others, like xylitol, you may have never heard of before. Xylitol is a common natural sweetener that is found in many kinds of all natural toothpaste.
Don’t worry if you don’t know all the ingredients used to make your toothpaste. You can rest assured that each of the toothpastes we reviewed contains ingredients that are all naturally derived and cruelty free. And that’s something to smile about!
- What To Know About Brushing Your Teeth With Baking Soda. Retrieved from: https://www.healthline.com/health/baking-soda-toothpaste
Rachael and her husband arrived on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua in 2011. There they founded El Jardin de la Vida, a tropical micro food forest, focusing on Sustainable Living Education. She teaches others to build with natural materials, live off-grid, and appreciate slow food.