The 11 Best Plastic Free Toothpastes

Colgate is pretty proud of itself for introducing the first recyclable plastic toothpaste tube, but the truth is, yes it’s better than tubes you can’t recycle and better if you have no other option, but most of us know that we can’t recycle our way out of plastic.

So what are your plastic-free toothpaste options? I’ve pulled together 11 plastic free toothpastes for you that give you tons of options (not including the DIY option below).

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1. Brushd.

Plastic Free, Fluoride or Non Fluoride Toothpaste

These tabs come with 124 tabs in a glass jar making them quite affordable if multiple people will be using them.

If you order the refill in a card box, you can save an additional quid, too.

2. DENTtabs

Plastic Free, Fluoride Toothpaste 

DENTtabs come in a corn starch bag that can be composted when empty. &Keep offers a Subscribe & Save option that will save you 10%, too.

The tabs need to be chewed into a paste and then you brush as normal.

There’s enough tabs to last one person two months.

3. Ecoliving Toothpaste Tablets

Plastic Free, Fluoride (Non-Fluoride available)

Ecoliving’s tablets also come in a cute little tin with refills available in plastic-free compostable packaging.

They are U.K. based, contain no palm oil, but has the same amount of fluoride as regular toothpastes.

If you buy their plant-based floss, Ecoliving plants a tree through the Eden Reforestation projects.

4. TruthPaste

Plastic Free, Non-Fluoride Toothpaste

Regular toothpaste, but in a cute jar that can easily be reused or recycled.

Just scoop a pea-sized amount onto your toothbrush and brush as normal. Ideally you don’t want any moisture to get in the jar and contaminate the toothpaste.

They also have a couple of children flavoured versions as well.

The product itself is made in the U.K and they do not test on animals.

The price is reasonable when compared to commercial toothpastes and depending how much you use can last 2-4 months.

5. Georganics Natural Toothpaste

Plastic Free, Non-Fluoride Toothpaste

Georganics makes the floss I love so their toothpaste would be a good place to start if you want a fluoride-free toothpaste. They also offer kid-specific flavours.

The paste comes in a glass jar in a box and has a bamboo spatula for scooping out the paste without contaminating the contents.

One jar lasts one person 4 weeks but that will depend on how much you use each time.

This company is also U.K. based and has a Zero to Landfill scheme where you can send back items that can’t be recycled by your local council and they will dispose of it for you.

6. Pure Mint Vegan Toothpaste with Fluoride by Hydrophil

Plastic Free, Fluoride

Don’t be fooled that tube is made from 95% PEFC-certified spruce wood most of which is recycled sawdust from German joineries. Though you would still have to pop it in the bin as it’s not recycled (yet) Hydrophil is working on a solution which to me means a recycling scheme or a send-back program coming soon.

This toothpaste is an easy replacement for the big brands toothpaste but without the nasty chemicals or plastic. The toothpaste also has the Natural Cosmetics seal so there’s no animal testing, no plastic, and it’s vegan.

7. Georganics Tooth Soap

Plastic Free, Fluoride Free Toothpaste

This was such a weird yet cool find. Georganics made toothpaste into a stick that you rub your toothbrush on and then brush your teeth!

One stick lasts one person 6 months, so it’s super cost effective and no plastic!

This is one I’m excited to try.

8. The Humble Co Toothpaste

Plastic Free, Fluoride Toothpaste 

The Humble Company is actual toothpaste, but in a glass jar. It comes with a bamboo stick for applying so you don’t get any water in the jar (which would contaminate your toothpaste).

The ingredients are vegan and cruelty-free and the toothpaste was developed by dentists.

9. Smyle Fluoride Toothpaste Tablets

Plastic Free Fluoride Toothpaste (Non-Fluoride Version Available)

These toothpaste tabs come in a glass bottle and refills are available in packs of 125 tablets (two months for one person).

The tabs are vegan and cruelty-free and there is a fluoride-free option available as well.

10. Happy Tabs Fresh Mint

Plastic Free, Fluoride Toothpaste

Happy Tabs comes in reusable glass jars with refills available in recycled packaging. The tabs have no nasty chemicals, only natural, vegan goodness.

Happy Tabs also donate 5% of their profits to environmental and social causes.

11. Ben & Anna Natural Toothpaste

Plastic Free, Non Fluoride Toothpaste (Fluoride Versions Available)

This vegan, cruelty-free toothpaste is formulated for those with sensitive teeth and gums.

It comes in a plastic free jar with a spatula for scooping the toothpaste without contaminating it with water from your toothbrush.

If you prefer, Ben & Anna also have toothpaste tabs with Vitamin B12 to help prevent deficiency if you are vegetarian or vegan.

Make Your Own Toothpaste

Ingredients

Make It

    • First warm 60g (4 Tbsp) tablespoons of coconut oil so it’s melted
    • Add 90g (6 Tbsp) of Sodium Bicarbonate (aka baking soda) and mix together to make a paste
    • Stir in 5g (1 tsp) of Xylitol
    • Optional: add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil for minty flavour
    • Store your toothpaste in a glass jar and be sure to scoop out what you need with a dry utensil to avoid contaminating the toothpaste with water.

The sodium bicarbonate is useful for fighting the acids from the food and beverages we consume that attack our teeth as it has an alkaline pH.

Coconut oil has been shown to reduce streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that causes cavities.

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol found in fruits and vegetables and is even found metabolised in the human body. It is often an ingredient in chewing gum and has been shown to prevent tooth decay because the bacteria that feeds off the glucose in our foods, eat the Xylitol instead and basically starve to death.

So, all safe, natural ingredients that you can easily and happily use as your own toothpaste on the cheap if you have time to give it a go.

And don’t worry about the left-over sodium bicarbonate as it’s useful for cooking and cleaning. Same with the coconut oil. It’s good for cooking and making other products like your own deodorant or hair conditioner.

How do you use toothpaste tablets and powders?

Toothpaste tablets are pretty simple.

You pop them into your mouth and chew them. As they moisten and turn into a paste, put your toothbrush in and start moving it onto your teeth.

I have seen some people grind up the tablets and can then have more control over the amount of product they use.

For shop bought toothpaste a pea size amount is all that is recommended for fluoride toothpaste, less for children under 3.

For powder toothpaste, I have found it’s easiest to wet your toothbrush and scoop a small amount from the jar onto the bristles and then start brushing. By scooping the powder out dry, you keep the tooth powder from being contaminated.

Should I Use Fluoride or Non-Fluoride Toothpaste?

The NHS recommends using a fluoride toothpaste with a 1300-1500ppm concentration. The fluoride protects the enamel on your teeth and helps prevent tooth decay.

I grew up in California and our water was fluorinated. My dentist even had us taking fluoride tablets as a kid! But my brother, sister, and I all did what our dentist recommended growing up and none of us ever had a cavity.

Recent studies however have shown that fluoride has the potential to interfere with the thyroid’s hormone and could compromise the pineal gland responsible for producing melatonin in our brains which modulates sleep patterns in both circadian and seasonal cycles.

So which is better?

Non-flouride toothpastes won’t give your teeth the extra protection from the demineralization that causes tooth decay; however, there won’t be any potential health risks from the fluoride either.

The idea behind toothpaste is to keep plaque from forming on your teeth which causes tooth decay and gum disease. So as a cleaning agent and disruptor of plaque formation any toothpaste, or even no toothpaste will do, according to Dr. David Okano a periodontist with 30 years of experience.

According to Dr. Okano just the action of brushing your teeth and flossing is enough to “disrupt[s] the dental plaque that ultimately leads to tooth decay and gum disease.” Sure you won’t have the fresh breath without the toothpaste, but your teeth will be clean just by brushing with nothing at all.

If you want extra protection for your teeth over the long term, only fluoride can do that.

It will be your decision, but please consult your dentist if you make the switch so they can monitor the health of your teeth. Many report the same or even better tooth health when they ditch the fluoride and others have been told by their dentist that they need to switch back.

Plastic Free Toothpaste is a Win in the Fight Against Single-Use Plastic

By choosing a plastic-free toothpaste, you are getting better quality toothpaste without ingredients like triclosan or SLSs and you are also keeping one of the least recycled plastic products from our landfills.

With so many options from fluoride to fluoride-free, tabs, powders, and pastes, you’re bound to find an eco-friendly toothpaste that works for you.

Let me know in the comments below which toothpaste is your favourite.

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The 10 Best Plastic Free Conditioners for Every Hair Type

The average UK household uses 216 hair care bottles a year. Even if you dropped that number to 50, you’re looking at 4,000 bottles if you live to 80. Just your house. Yikes.

Luckily switching your haircare isn’t tough as there are tons of options out there for every hair type- including colour-treated hair.

Making the switch to plastic-free conditioner (and plastic-free shampoo) you not only are reducing your single-use plastic usage, you will be getting better ingredients.

The companies that care enough about packaging also tend to care about using plant-based, natural ingredients that aren’t tested on animals. Many companies even donate a portion of their sales to charity.

And chances are you are also supporting a small business. Go you.

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Brand | Trawden Soap Kitchen

Features | These lovely products are handmade in the UK using vegan ingredients and are cruelty free.

The conditioner comes in glass jars and is available in two different sizes.

Brand | Conscious Skincare

Features | Conscious Skincare products are handmade in Wales and are vegan and leaping bunny certified.

All of their products are in aluminium, glass, and occasionally recyclable plastic bottles, but all of their shipping packaging is plastic-free and recyclable.

This conditioner, however, is in a plastic free bottle and is safe to use for coloured hair. It works well for curly hair, too.

Brand | Beauty Kitchen

Features | Beauty Kitchen is a Certified B corporation that not only uses sustainable, cruelty-free, vegan ingredients, they also are creating a closed loop system for their packaging.

All of their products with the ‘Return, Refill, Repeat’ stamp can be sent back to them, so they can be washed out and reused in the next batch of products. Even though the bottle is aluminium and completely recycleable, this eliminates the recycling process and goes straight to reusing.

Did I mention they donate 2% of their sales to charity?

Brand | Moo Hair

Features | Moo Hair is a family run company in Scotland that makes salon quality products without destroying the planet.

They use natural, vegan friendly ingredients and pack them in a glass bottle with an aluminium lid (though you can add a plastic pump dispenser if you need one).

Brand | Funky Soap

Features | Funky Soap London is handmade in small batches using natural, vegan ingredients.

The conditioner comes in recyclable kraft containers and a refillable option in an aluminium bottle.

You can also grab conditioner bars that come in regular and travel size which are also great for your gym kit.

Brand | Juliet Rose

Features | All the products are handmade using ingredients sourced from green companies that don’t test on animals. All of her products meet EU regulation 1223/2009 as well.

The bars are packed in recyclable, biodegradable paper envelopes making a nice zero waste addition to your hair care routine.

The conditioner bars come in various formulations for dry hair, curly hair, oily hair, etc. in a variety of beautiful, natural scents.

Brand | Fulfilled

Features | Fulfilled is a UK company doing its bit to reduce waste. Aside from their bottles being made from aluminium, they also offer a refill scheme where you get a refill pouch that’s plastic, but send it back (for free in the UK) to Fulfilled so they can recycle it. No waste. Yay.

They use natural, vegan friendly ingredients and it comes in a 500ml bottle that should last you between 3-6 months.

Brand | Foamie

Features | Foamie has created a pH balanced conditioner bar that has a handy integrated string so you can hang your bar to dry when you are finished. They also have travel packs for storage in case you don’t have space for hanging.

The ingredients are vegan and cruelty-free and will last around 90 washes.

Brand | Rowdy Kind

Features | These bars were made with kids in mind; fun colours and scents…and they float!

No nasties in this bar as all of the ingredients are vegan and cruelty free with no animal testing.

Rowdy Kind is a newer, small company with a big heart. After launching at the beginning of the pandemic, they donated the profits of their first run to the Surrey Care Trust to support their local families. Definitely a business with their hearts in the right place.

Brand | Care Bare

Features | Care Bare is handmade in Suffolk by a hairdresser wanting to create better hair products for her and her clients. She uses fast absorbing, yet moisturising oils in this bar including broccoli oil.

As they were formulated by a stylist with 20 years salon experience, the bars are safe for colour-treated hair, too.

How to Use

When using a conditioner bar you can either create a lather in your hands and work through your hair or apply the bar directly starting at the ends and working your way up. You don’t need a lot so comb the conditioner through using your fingers or a wooden come. Leave the conditioner in your hair up to 5 minutes and rinse thoroughly.

If you live in a hardwater area you may want to follow with an apple cider vinegar rinse if you find a lot of build up being left behind. Less is more with shampoo and conditioner bars so start by using less.

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

If you live in a hard water area, you may find a build up of residue after using a bar. Using an apple cider vinegar or ACV rinse can help remove the build- up and leave your hair shiny and soft.

One part of ACV to 3 parts water is a good starting point.

Putting it in a spray bottle is the easiest application, leave it 3-5 minutes and rinse. Then condition as normal.

Funky Soap London has ready made vinegar rinses, complete with a spray top for the glass bottle. Along with the apple cider vinegar there are herbs and essential oils to make the smell a bit more pleasant.

(Not that the homemade rinse leaves a smell anyway).

You can reap the benefits of ACV without the application by taking it orally, or a much easier to stomach, gummie. 

IMPORTANT TIP

Never use ACV neat (right out of the bottle) as the high acidity can burn your skin. Make sure to dilute it and discontinue if any irritation occurs.

What is a Co-Wash?

Co-Wash stands for Conditioner Wash and basically means you are skipping the shampoo part of your hair care routine and using your conditioner to cleanse and moisturise your hair instead.

Co Washing tends to work best for those with dry or curly hair as it leaves your hair’s natural moisture intact.

Work the conditioner on your scalp first and then work through to the ends making sure to detangle with your fingers or a wide-tooth wooden comb.

Using a water-based conditioner is best as it is lighter and won’t leave build up.

You can also grab Co Wash specific products like Lush’s Avocado Wash

This doesn’t mean you can’t still shampoo occasionally but when you do, that would be a good time to use a more concentrated conditioning bar.

If you find you have some build up over time, try a pre-shampoo mask.

Zero Waste Hair Care

However you decide to use your conditioner, rest easy knowing that there are plenty of plastic-free conditioners out there to choose from so you can do good for not only your hair but the planet, too.

Just switching your shampoo and conditioner bottles to zero waste alternatives will stop you alone from sending X plastic bottles to landfill.