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Upon opening Google, I was flooded with a plethora of varying forms of low waste toothpaste. I didn’t know what would work best for me, or the best place to start. Today I’m going to share the results that my trial and error has taught me over the past year and a half in hopes that it will prove helpful for you, too.
Going Zero Waste Toothpaste Options
Toothpaste In A Jar
Best Suited For: Beginners
The first form of zero waste toothpaste I tested was a familiar paste format but in a glass jar. The Nelson Naturals toothpaste is fully waste-free with a glass jar and metal lid. This form of toothpaste is great if you enjoy the paste version but want to minimize your waste.
The great thing about glass and metal is that they are endlessly recyclable. I would love to see Nelson Naturals expand to having refill stations more readily available (there are a few depending on your location!)
Click here for a full review of the Nelson Naturals Zero Waste Toothpaste
Toothpaste in an Aluminum Tube
Best suited for: Beginner
Another classic version of toothpaste is a traditional squeeze-out style but instead of a plastic tube, it is aluminum! The David’s toothpaste is a very traditional version of toothpaste which is a fantastic option if you’d like to cut back on waste, but still want the very minty taste of toothpaste.
This format does require some extra work to recycle－you will need to ensure that you remove the plastic cap and lid before tossing it into your blue bin. It is also best practice to rinse thoroughly.
Best Suited For: Intermediate
The second form of zero waste toothpaste I tried was a powder format. Similar to the Nelson Naturals toothpaste, The Love Beauty Foods comes in a glass jar but with a plastic lid. They recently reformulated and I have to say I am loving this version of toothpaste. One jar lasts roughly two months.
Because it is a powder format, there is no need to use added preservatives and it saves on transporting water. It is a bit of a learning curve and takes a bit of getting used to, but once you do try a toothpowder… you may just never go back! I just wish it was more readily available in Canada. I may need to source a brand made locally.
Click here for a full review of the Love Beauty Foods Toothpowder
Best Suited for: The Traveler
This format of toothpaste is quite popular within the zero-waste/low impact community. They’re ideal for those who travel often (where a powder can be quite messy.) These are quite beneficial if you do a lot of camping or do not have access to potable water.
To use them, you pop them into your mouth and chew them like a mint, then brush as regular. The Nelson Naturals toothpaste tablets have a bit of a fizzing effect which is interesting.
If you’re looking to reduce your waste, there are plenty of variations of toothpaste on the market. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these brands, or some that I have not mentioned in the comments.