Last Updated on January 18, 2022 by Milo Martinovich
If you are looking into zero waste toothpaste, then you probably already know the benefits of switching to a more sustainable alternative to what the big box stores are selling. Zero waste toothpaste tablets and the like are better for the world and better for you, making it the perfect win-win. Not only that, it is a simple switch in your daily routine that won’t cost you a bunch of money! Should you make this change?
Why Zero Waste Toothpaste?
Traditional toothpaste typically comes in plastic tubes. While brands are making an effort to switch to recyclable tubes instead of the traditional mix of plastics and aluminum, it isn’t enough. Those of us who have adopted the zero waste lifestyle know that only 9% of all plastic ever created has been actually recycled.
Not to mention that plastic isn’t recycled. It’s downcycled, unlike aluminum and glass that can be recycled countless times without losing quality.
So, it’s good for the planet to switch to zero waste toothpaste. But, how can it help you as an individual?
Well, there are chemicals labeled as estrogenics or endocrine disruptors. They behave like estrogen in the body and do all sorts of damage.
I’m not the one who discovered this, so I won’t try to explain it in detail. Instead, I’ll recommend the book Estrogeneration (sponsored), which discusses the science of endocrine disruptors and lists a ton that you’ll be surprised to find you encounter every single day!
Simply put, if you care about your health, avoiding these estrogenic compounds is a must. Plastics can be ripe with estrogenics, and the paste itself can contain BHT, parabens, and triclosan, all of which are endocrine disruptors.
Since the best zero waste toothpaste products are also naturally derived, they tend to avoid these types of ingredients.
Like I said: win-win!
Zero Waste Toothpaste Tablets And Other Options
When it comes to the best zero waste toothpaste, you have a few different types that you can choose from:
Let’s take a look at each option.
Zero Waste Toothpaste
This is the closest thing to the traditional sense of toothpaste that you’ll find in the zero waste category. While it tends not to lather up as much as traditional toothpaste (which it shouldn’t anyway) it still leaves your mouth feeling fresh with a similar texture and feel to regular old toothpaste.
There are plenty of brands that put out toothpaste options in the zero waste industry that feature no plastic packaging at all.
Zero Waste Toothpaste Tablets
Zero waste toothpaste tablets are a nice switch up from traditional paste-based oral care products. You simply pop a tablet in your mouth and chew it for a few seconds until it is spread throughout the mouth. Then you brush as you normally would.
I tend to like tablets because they come in multiple flavors and some of them have an effervescent effect that feels more like the lather that comes with regular toothpaste. The effervescent kind tends to be a bit saltier than the zero waste pastes, however.
Zero Waste Tooth Polish
Tooth polish is a more specialized product that isn’t meant to be used every day. Instead, it is meant for use once a week, or even less. It’s great for buffing out stains and other blemishes that may pop up every once in a while.
It’s comparable to whitening strips, which don’t fit the zero waste standard. They also aren’t full of healthy ingredients like zero waste tooth polish typically is. If you need to brighten your smile the zero waste way, tooth polish is the way to go.
Zero Waste Tooth Powder
Tooth powder seems to last longer than the tablets but not quite as long as the paste. Perhaps I don’t use the specified amount every time, which can be more difficult than paste to judge and definitely more difficult than simply popping in a single tablet.
Tooth powder also tends to be the saltiest of the bunch, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Once you adapt to the flavor, it becomes enjoyable. I’ve tried the lot and I can say that tooth powder works just as well, if not better, than some zero waste toothpaste tablets and pastes.
The Best Zero Waste Toothpaste On The Market
With the variety of options for how you can go zero waste with your oral care routine, it makes sense to talk about multiple. Some people will like tablets and some will like powders. Others will want the simple paste. Each of them has merit and all of them on this list are high-quality. I’ve used them all!
My ranking isn’t the end-all-be-all. Instead, it’s just how I feel they perform combined with their flavor profile. If you’re like me, you’ll probably want to try them all and decide for yourself!
Anyways, here is my list:
- Georganics Natural Toothtablets
- Georganics Natural Toothpowder
- UNPASTE Tooth Tabs
- Fat And The Moon Tooth Polish
- Georganics Natural Toothpaste
Georganics Natural Toothtablets
These are my favorite toothpaste tablets on the market for a few reasons:
- They are effervescent, which simulates the good lather of traditional toothpaste.
- It comes in multiple flavors, making everyone in the family happy.
- The ingredient list is great and there is no worry about how much to use.
- The glass bottle and metal lid make a perfect dried herb container once you finish off the tablets!
I like the idea of not using oral products with fluoride every time. Since fluoride does best when it has time to sit on your teeth without being removed from abrasion, like eating, I only use fluoride at night before bed. That means that Georganics Toothtablets are part of my morning routine.
Here are the available flavors:
- Activated Charcoal
- Tea Tree
My favorite is the Engish Peppermint. My wife enjoys the Spearmint more. The kids are still young and dislike mint so they reach for Orange when they use Toothtablets.
Georganics Natural Toothpowder
Toothpowder is a great product if you aren’t into chewing your oral care products before use. Made by Georganics, the same company that produces the Toothtablets above, this product features high-quality ingredients in zero-waste packaging.
To get over the dryness of the product, I like to wet my toothbrush and swirl some water in my mouth before getting the powder on my brush and onto my teeth.
My kids actually prefer powders over tablets, probably because the act of chewing without swallowing confuses them a bit. They are 3 and 2 after all.
Here are the flavor choices:
- Activated Charcoal
Spearmint is the family favorite for Toothpowder, although the Peppermint is nice too.
UNPASTE Tooth Tabs
If you want a tablet-based oral care product that still offers fluoride, the UNPASTE Tooth Tabs are for you! They offer an amazing sweet minty flavor as well, much like traditional toothpaste. They also offer their Tooth Tabs without fluoride if a traditional flavor is what you prefer.
My only gripe is that the ingredient profile isn’t as strong as Georganics, which is why it falls to #3 on my top list.
It comes in compostable packaging and the tablets can easily be stored in a small mason jar or other reusable containers. UNPASTE doesn’t offer flavor choices, so you are stuck with a fresh minty flavor! Not a downside though.
Fat And The Moon Tooth Polish
Sometimes we need a little more than twice daily brushing. Maybe a special event is coming and we want a whiter smile without stains or discoloring. While strolling the aisle at the big box store you’d probably reach for whitening strips, but those don’t apply to the zero-waste lifestyle.
That’s where Tooth Polish comes in! Designed to be used once every few weeks, this hard-working polish will help remove stains and brighten your smile.
You can have an oral care routine without Tooth Polish, but we know that a smile looks so much better with brighter teeth! Skimping out on Tooth Polish is like leaving out mouthwash, flossing, or oil pulling! Oral care is much more than just toothpaste.
Georganics Natural Toothpaste
Lastly, Georganics Natural Toothpaste is a quality product for those who want more of an actual paste texture when brushing. Coming in Spearmint, Peppermint, and Activated Charcoal, this product is full of healthful ingredients that will keep your teeth and mouth healthy.
Before my youngest daughter started using Tooth Powder, she only liked to use Peppermint Natural Toothpaste. Kids are always picky so you can see how much of a compliment that is!
The mineral-rich formulation helps remineralize your teeth, something that other zero-waste toothpaste products don’t do as well.
I have Natural Toothpaste in my regular rotation and use it in place of tablets and powder from time to time to reap the remineralization benefits that this product offers.
It’s Time To Brush A Better Way!
Going zero waste is a fun journey, especially if you give yourself some slack and understand that you’ll never be perfectly zero waste. However, making small changes, like adjusting your oral care routine, can help you live a healthier life and ensure you put less stress on our environment.
Doing your part for the world and making your own body healthier by simply brushing your teeth with a few different products, who would’ve thought?
Have you tried any plastic-free toothpaste products? What do you think the best zero waste toothpaste is? Let me know with a comment below and I’ll check out the product next time I need to restock!
My name is Milo Martinovich. I’m just a normal guy trying to evolve to a better lifestyle, one step at a time. Focusing on fitness, physical and mental health, self-sufficiency, minimalism, and being Eco-Conscious are how I plan to evolve. Want to make changes with me?