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If you watched my zero waste toothpaste review series on YouTube, TikTok, or Instagram, you know I’ve tried quite a few zero waste toothpaste options. I will include both toothpastes and toothpaste tablets in this list. All of these are cruelty-free options. Some of these are more “zero waste” than others, but it’s up to your own personal preference. So, here are my favorite sustainable & zero waste toothpaste options from my most favorite to my least favorite! (Always consult with your dentist for the best option for you).
The Hey Humans personal care brand was recently released at Target. Their toothpaste comes in recyclable aluminum tubes. Plus, they have FLUORIDE and fluoride-free options!! The majority of zero waste toothpastes are fluoride-free, which is great for those who don’t want fluoride. But there are many consumers that still want fluoride in their toothpaste, so this a great option! Plus, this is the cheapest zero waste toothpaste option I’ve found.
Pros: great mint flavor (similar to conventional toothpaste), fluoride & fluoride-free options, it foams up nicely, the best price for zero waste toothpaste
Cons: it’s not completely plastic-free (the cap is made from plastic waste), you have to cut it open and clean out all of the toothpaste to recycle it
Bite toothpaste bits are my favorite toothpaste tablet on the market. They are fluoride-free. But, they use a natural fluoride alternative called nHAp. These tablets have a great texture. They have a great mint flavor (but, they’re not quite as minty as conventional toothpaste). Toothpaste tablets are great for traveling because you don’t have to deal with liquids. With toothpastes in tubes, you have to get a travel size if you’re going on a plane (and I never remembered to buy the travel size haha). Bite does have a subscription service in which these toothpaste bits are sent to your home every few months. You get a slightly discounted rate and the toothpaste bits come in compostable packaging. Bite also sells vegan floss, mouthwash, and 100% plant-based bamboo toothbrushes. Overall, these are the best toothpaste tablets I’ve tried.
Pros: the texture is great, it foams up nicely, great mint flavor (slightly milder than conventional toothpaste), it has a fluoride alternative, the packaging is completely plastic-free
Cons: these are a little pricey, you to have to buy their subscription to save some money
Davids toothpaste has been a fan favorite for a while. Davids was the first zero waste toothpaste (I could find) that came in a recyclable aluminum tube. It is a larger tube than Hey Humans, but Davids costs more per ounce. It’s nice having a plain old tube of toothpaste rather than having toothpaste tablets. They do have a travel size available, which is great for a carry-on. As of right now, Davids has four flavors. I have tried both of their mint flavors. They’re minty enough for me, but they’re not quite as strong as conventional toothpaste. This does come with a turnkey, which helps squeezes the toothpaste out. This is a great option for anyone who wants toothpaste in a tube.
Pros: it’s a toothPASTE, great mint flavor (not as strong as conventional toothpaste), foams up nicely, the 2nd best in terms of price, they offer travel size tubes
Cons: they don’t have fluoride options, you have to cut open the tube and clean it out before recycling, the cap is made of plastic
Hello toothpaste tablets can easily be found at Target. They are one of the cheapest toothpaste tablets on the market. Hello sells many different cruelty-free natural oral care products, which include floss, mouthwash, charcoal infused toothpaste, and CBD toothpaste. However, this is their only plastic free option. These tablets are the biggest of any of tried, but that’s not a bad thing. Their mint flavor is great. The only downside is that these do not foam at all. If you’re used to a foaming toothpaste, these might not be for you. But otherwise, they’re great!
Pros: great mint flavor, more affordable toothpaste tablet option, the packaging is completely plastic-free
Cons: they don’t foam up, these tablets don’t come with a fluoride option (however, they do offer plastic tubes of toothpaste that do have fluoride)
LUSH’s Toothy Tabs were the first toothpaste tablets I had ever tried. However, when I first tried them, they came in a paper box. Now, they’re sold in plastic bottles. These plastic bottles still have a better chance of being recycled than a plastic tube of toothpaste. However, I wish they still sold them in paper. The mint flavor is not my favorite. It has almost an herbal or black pepper hint to me. It’s very different tasting from conventional toothpaste. These foam up A LOT…like a little too much for me. Are they top on my list? No. But they are an option, especially for travel.
Pros: they do the job and clean my teeth
Cons: they foam up a bit too much, the flavor is a little off, they come in a plastic tube, they don’t have a fluoride option
By Humankind was the first zero waste toothpaste I had tried WITH fluoride. These toothpaste tablets are made by Denttabs, who also makes tablets for Unpaste. I believe these formulas are all the same, but I do need to confirm. These were more expensive than those offered directly through Denttabs or Unpaste. To be honest, these are my least favorite on my list. They’re pretty chalky when you bite into them. The flavor is minty but it’s very mild and not my favorite. The only reason these made the list is because they have fluoride. If you do want to try toothpaste tablets with fluoride, Denttabs is the only manufacturer I know of. But, I do prefer Hey Humans for a fluoride toothpaste.
Pros: they have fluoride, plastic-free packaging
Cons: they have a chalky texture, they are pricier, they have a very mild mint flavor
I haven’t tried Huppy yet, but I’ve heard really great things about their toothpaste tablets. Once I try them, I’ll let you know what I think. 🙂 But I have heard that they are one of the best toothpaste tablets on the market.
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