We have been cutting down on our plastic waste for around three years now. We’re not perfect but I’m quite pleased with how far we’ve come so far. I thought I’d share with you some of the dental swaps we have made. It does extend much further than just dental care, for example, my daughter and I love period underwear as a great plastic-free swap. I have a lot to share so I’ll start with just the dental care products that we use.
My go-to toothpaste of choice is Truthpaste. I love the simple packaging of a glass jar with a metal lid and, whilst they’re rather strong in taste, they leave my mouth and teeth feeling fresh. Truthpaste comes in two different flavours, Peppermint and Wintergreen or Fennel. I prefer the Peppermint and Wintergreen though they’re both great. Wintergreen is natures aspirin and a wonderful ingredient. They last a really long time, I’ve only just finished the jar I started at the beginning of the year! You only need a small amount on a dry toothbrush.
The ingredients are brilliant. They contain no nasties, which is an important factor for me.
These are available directly from the Truthpaste website.
Another brand I use is Georganics. They make some fantastic products. I use their mouthwash tablets every day. The little tablets come in a glass jar with a metal lid. You take one or two tablets and dissolve them in half a glass of water (I keep a jam jar on my windowsill for this purpose).
Another product in their Natural Toothsoap in English Peppermint. This is also to be used as a toothpaste. It comes in a fully recyclable cardboard tub. I love the packaging!
It’s got fantastic reviews, but for me personally, it’s not my favourite. I don’t like the fact that it foams up. If you’re okay with that, then this
might be a great option for you.
- Made from organic oil from sustainable palm kernels
- No added glycerine for natural teeth remineralisation
- Comes in recyclable & compostable cardboard tube
- Made in England with zero-waste & plastic-free standards
- 60ml stick lasts up to 6 months, brushing twice a day
In addition to these two products, I also have their Activated Charcoal Natural Toothpowder. This is an excellent product and is amazing at whitening your teeth naturally. It leaves your mouth feeling refreshed and your teeth clean. I do like this one. I do love toothpowder and have been both making my own and using it for many years. I’d recommend this one.
I think Georganics have a wonderful range and I hope you try more of their products in the future. You can find the products I’ve mentioned on the Georganics website.
Green Monkey Bamboo Toothbrush
Every plastic toothbrush ever manufactured is still in existence in one way or another. Bamboo is very sustainable as it’s such a fast-growing crop. I’ve been using this toothbrush for about 6 months already and I love it. My daughter has one too. It was sent to me by the lady that runs Green Monkey, I went to secondary school with her husband. They’re a small, family-run business that wants to help people make ethical switches. I’d highly recommend them. You can see their website here.
This dental floss is made in America, which isn’t great for your carbon footprint, however, my friend sent it to me along with a package at Christmas time. There are several companies that import it in bulk now, which makes it far more sustainable. It comes in a refillable glass bottle with a metal lid and the lace is made with silk fibres. Once it’s all finished, you switch it out for another one and reuse the glass bottle. Perfect. Check out their website here.
I also have an electric water flosser than I use in the evenings before bed. It just makes sure my teeth are super clean and hygienic.
I’ll be sharing more plastic-free alternatives during this month. I hope you’ve found this helpful, thanks for reading.