Zero Waste Dental Care
Keep your minty fresh breath, but lose the waste! Low-packaging options for toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss drastically cut down on unrecyclable toothpaste tubes and floss containers. And, if you want to avoid purchasing a product, you can also make your own.
Toothpaste tablets are just toothpaste made without water and compressed into tablet form. They’re available with or without fluoride. To use, chew on the tablet to crush it up, wet your toothbrush and start brushing. The crushed tablet becomes a paste. That’s it! It won't foam up as much as traditional toothpaste because it doesn't have foaming agents - but it cleans just as well. And no tube to toss. Considering that over 400 million tubes are thrown away every year in America, that’s a good thing.
Mouthwash also comes in tablets made without water. Add a tablet to a little bit of warm water and let it dissolve. Then simply swish and spit, just like normal mouthwash.
An extra bonus for both of these dental-care tablets: they’re great for travel because you can pack them into tiny containers or small pouches, and there won’t be any spills!
Floss is now sold in refillable containers. Although floss containers are small, they add up over time. With refillable options you only buy the container once. Or, use a container you already have and purchase only the refill.
As with all Zero Waste products: be sure to choose options that offer refills in the least amount of packaging possible, and if there is packaging, make sure it’s compostable or recyclable.
You can also make your own toothpaste and mouthwash. Baking soda, salt, essential oils and sage leaves are common ingredients. You can research a recipe that sounds appealing to you. Check with your dentist to be sure the recipe is healthy for your teeth and gums.