ZERO WASTE DENTAL HYGIENE // toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and more

also check out: The Ultimate Zero Waste Laundry Guide

Toothbrushes

Each year, around 50 million pounds of plastic toothbrushes end up in landfill sites. This plastic can take as long as 1,000 years to decompose.

  • Brush With Bamboo: a US brand that carries vegan bamboo toothbrushes, their bristles are made from 100% castor oil and are USDA certified bio-based.
  • EcoRoots: bamboo toothbrush with soft recyclable nylon bristles
  • Georganics: has beechwood toothbrushes with firm, medium, and soft nylon bristles.
  • Hydro Phil: bamboo toothbrushes ranging from soft to medium bristles, which are based on castor oil.
  • Life Without Plastic: toothbrush made with sustainably harvested beechwood and boar hair bristles (aka not vegan but 100% compostable).
  • The Humble Co:  is a Swedish brand that has a great charity program and carries bamboo toothbrushes from ultra-soft to medium bristles (nylon-6), they are dentist-approved and vegan.
  • Wowe: bamboo toothbrushes with nylon, BPA-free, bristles.

also check out: LOW WASTE COSMETICS // international list and recommendations

Toothpaste and tablets

  • Bite: vegan tooth tabs with no artificial flavoring, they are also fluoride-free, but rather uses nHAP, which is a calcium crystal that replenishes minerals that are lost in enamel.  
  • Dent tabs: can be found in a couple of different eco shops, they are packaged in paper bags and come versions both with and without fluoride.
  • Georganics: carries both tooth tabs and mineral tooth powders, all of which are fluoride-free.
  • Hydro Phil: toothpaste tabs both with and without fluoride, in a glass jar packaging, comes with natural flavors of either lemon mint, or sage.
  • Unpaste: tooth tabs in both a version with and without fluoride, come in a cornstarch-based bag, which is compostable.

also check out: a list of eco certifications // what are they telling you – and what AREN’T they?

Mouthwash

  • Bite: carries a mouthwash tablet that contains nHAP like their toothpaste and offers automatic postal refills
  • Brushd: a dentist-approved mouthwash tablet, in a glass jar packaging with several flavor options
  • By Humankind: vegan mouthwash tabs in several flavors with a silicone box and a glass container, alcohol-free and the packaging can be refilled once empty
  • Georganics: another vegan mouthwash tablet can come in different flavors, this one comes in a glass jar

also check out: a guide to eco-friendly shoes and how to find them + brand recommendations

Dental floss and tongue scrapers

  • Maistic: plastic-free floss made with certified compostable bio-based materials (and beeswax)
  • Package Free Shop: stainless steel tongue scraper
  • World of Bamboo: dental floss made from bamboo fiber
  • Wowe: stainless steel tongue scraper
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