If you're looking around your house for ways to reduce your plastic footprint, sooner or later your attention is going to turn to your bathroom and the whole host of single use plastic lurking in there.
Toothpaste tubes might not be the first thing you want to tackle but they're not especially recyclable, so are a great thing to swap out if you can. The great news for us here in the UK that there is now a ban in place on products containing microbeads, so you won't inadvertently find yourself swilling micro plastics down the drain, but you're still left with that pesky plastic tube to deal with.
Until recently there weren't a huge number of alternatives, but plastic free toothpaste seems to be coming more and more commonplace - yay!
Here are a few options:

  • Glass jar
  • Made in the UK by a start up social enterprise
  • Mineral based
  • Flouride free
  • Non foaming
  • Flavours - fennel; peppermint and wintergreen

I've been trying this out, and I have to say I really like it!
It's quite a different tooth brushing experience, and it makes a mess of your sink (!) but it leaves my teeth feeling super clean.

  • Cardboard box
  • Made in Germany 
  • Contain flouride
  • Foam (but not as much as toothpaste)
  • Taste like toothpaste

I've got some of these on order, and I'm excited to try them - I'm going to get the kids to try them too. I'll update this post with my experiences!

  • 'Cardboard tube
  • Made in the UK
  • Peppermint flavour
  • Foaming
  • Flouride free
  • Glass jar
  • Made in the UK
  • Variety of flavours
  • Non foaming
  • Flouride free


I've never tried this but I've heard lots of zero-wasters talk about it.
As with anything there are oodles of 'recipes' out there on the interweb, so do have a look to find one that suits you if you want to have a go.
This post here has loads of different recipes and is from an actual dentist, so I'm hoping that means it's ok, and you won't all hold me responsible if your teeth fall out... 

What are your thoughts on toothpaste?
Are you tempted to try out any of these?
Do you make your own?
Do tell me your plastic free plans for your pearly whites in the comments!


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