We all know that toothpaste tubes are a nasty thing as they are unrecyclable in mainstream recycling, due to being a mixed waste item.
Thankfully we now have access to so many alternatives for teeth cleaning that either come in a reusable or recyclable container or in zero-waste packaging. I am going to give a quick rundown of the 3 main types that are available.
So these are definitely the most popular choice for Eco Patch customers, and it is easy to see why. They are packaged zero waste as they come in a cardboard box- which can be composted. They have a long shelf-life- although they do need to be kept in an airtight and watertight container or jar to keep them fresh. They come with Fluoride or without, depending on your preference. They are super handy for travelling as they are non-liquid so cabin luggage friendly and you can take just as many as you need- 3-day trip, pack 6 toothpaste tablets in a little container or jar.
So by now, you might be thinking, how do you actually use a toothpaste tablet? Well, it is just 3 simple steps;
I have also made a little gif to show how it is done.
Toothpaste tablets are not recommended for kids under 6- due to being a choking risk and the tablet need to not be swallowed, but there are other options available.
This option is as close to a traditional toothpaste as you can get. This is what it sounds like- a paste that you dip your brush into then brush your teeth as you would 'normally' brush teeth. These are generally well-received by kids too as it is like 'normal toothpaste'. These do have a best before date- usually, about 6 months, which really it should all be used by then. They come in a few different flavours, which is great for people who don't like mint.
The toothpaste in a jar are fluoride-free for the most part, so if you definitely want a toothpaste with fluoride you will need to choose one of the other options.
A Tooth Powder is a bit like toothpaste in a jar but they are dry. To use you dip your wet brush in the powder and then brush as usual. They come in quite a lot of flavours and you can get powders that have charcoal to help to whiten your teeth.
I have found that these can be a bit messy- but give a really nice clean. With a variety of flavours, again they are good for people who don't like mint. They do have a best before date like the toothpaste jars and need to be stored with the lid on securely or they are prone to clumping.