Ingredients like fluoride and triclosan are common in toothpastes, but that doesn’t mean they are safe. When these ingredients are washed down our drains they enter the ground and water supply. From there, they can be damaging to the environment, including plant and animal life.
In addition to the ingredients, the materials used to manufacture and package conventional toothpastes are often made from materials that will not break down in the environment. Estimates suggest that one billion plastic toothpaste tubes enter landfills each year. These tubes never fully break down.
Are you looking for a great toothpaste brand that is safe and effective for your family, but also safe for the environment? At TuTu’s Green World, our research shows that there are eco-friendly toothpaste brands that bring together healthy oral hygiene and a commitment to preserving the environment. Below, we share our 10 favorite brands.
Hello is a toothpaste brand that is innovative and certified eco-friendly. Instead of a gel packaged in a plastic squeeze tube, Hello toothpaste is tablet-form and packaged in a reusable metal tin. The tablets are an innovative way to get a great clean without harmful chemicals or processes. Their Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpaste tablets are made from coconut oil, tea tree oil, and peppermint. There are no artificial sweeteners, flavors, or dyes. Hello also does not use fluoride, sulfates, or peroxide in their products. Made in the USA, Hello toothpastes are certified climate-friendly and are never tested on animals.
Another eco-friendly toothpaste brand we love is One Living Earth. Their Flouride-free whitening toothpaste tablets are safe for adults and kids, and are free from harmful ingredients. The tablets easily break down with a bit of water to form a thick paste. There are no foaming ingredients like conventional toothpastes, so you get all the power of the natural ingredients without being consumed by foam. All One Living Earth products are all-natural and cruelty-free, non-GMO, vegan, and free from harmful chemicals.
SuperBee is an eco-living brand featuring all-natural and sustainable products, including toothpaste. Their SuperBee Dentos toothpaste tablets are a great natural alternative to conventional toothpaste. These tablets are organic and cruelty free, vegan, and free from fluoride and sugar. The tablets contain natural ingredients that are healthy or your teeth and gums, such as menthol, spearmint oil, and sodium chloride. In a further commitment to the environment, SuperBee minimizes their packaging and uses plastic-free packages that are recyclable. SuperBee is a great brand for all ages.
For a deep, restorative clean, try Uncle Harry’s Remineralizing toothpaste. This all natural toothpaste brand features mineral-rich ingredients like clay, sea salt, colloidal silver, eucalyptus, clove, wintergreen, and other plant essences. These natural ingredients strengthen and whiten teeth and freshen breath. Uncle Harry’s is a small, family-owned business that focuses on natural health and wellness and environmental awareness.
For an eco-friendly alternative to conventional whitening toothpaste, try Weldental Advanced Whitening Power toothpaste. Weldental products are safe and free from harmful chemicals. Their toothpaste products use, instead, nano hydroxyapatite, which is a safer alternative to fluoride. Other remineralizing ingredients include Xylitol and erythritol, which fight plaque and acid residue. These ingredients are powerful in fighting common dental problems. Weldental also uses compact packaging and reusable containers in an effort to minimize the carbon footprint of their products.
Viva Doria is an eco-friendly brand offering safe and healthy products for teeth and gums. Their Natural Tooth Powder repairs and protects teeth and gums from common residue, plaque, and stains. Made with 100% natural ingredients, and sold in a reusable jar, Viva Doria tooth powder is a great way to be more environmentally friendly at home without sacrificing great oral health. We love that Viva Doria is a small business manufacturing their products here in the United States.
Simply Sooney is an increasingly popular brand due to its commitment to the environment and social justice. This brand is a woman-owned and an LGBTQ+-owned company. All of their products are made from natural ingredients that are ethically sourced and never tested on animals. Their Simply Sooney Peppermint Tooth Powder is safe for consumers of all ages. Made from Bentonite Clay, Birth xylitol, sea salt, and certified-organic peppermint oil, this tooth powder is smooth and provides an extra-clean feeling. With no chemicals, gluten, glycerin, or fragrances, this is a toothpaste that you can feel great about, and a brand you can feel great about supporting. Their products are all handmade in the USA and use zero-waste packaging.
Nelson Naturals is another eco-friendly toothpaste brand that is gaining traction in the oral health industry. Their Citrus Spice Blend toothpaste is made from all-natural ingredients that help build tooth strength and support gum health. Nelson Naturals utilizes zero-waste packaging, including reusable glass jars. The brand is cruelty free, vegan, and free form harmful fragrances, flavors, or dyes.
Hello brand makes our list a second time with their line of activated charcoal toothpaste. Hello is an eco-friendly brand that supports reusable containers, refills, and safe ingredients for all ages. Their packaging is compostable and recyclable, and minimized to reduce the carbon footprint. Hello Activated Charcoal toothpaste contains natural ingredients like mint, coconut oil, and stevia. All of their products are free of fluoride, sulfates, peroxide, and artificial ingredients.
Simplut is one of the eco-friendly brands that offers both toothpaste tablets and mouthwash tablets. As a brand, Simplut is dedicated to protecting the environment with 100% plastic-free packaging, use of natural ingredients, and use of reusable containers. Their toothpaste and mouthwash tablets are safe and great for your teeth and gums. Their Toothpaste Tablets contain natural Xylitol, sage, green tea, and Vitamins. They are free of parabens, animal products, gluten, and harmful chemicals.
Toothbrushes and toothpaste generate tons of waste each year. If your family is looking for simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint and support eco-friendly brands, try one of the toothpaste brands we list above. Just switching something as seemingly mundane as your toothpaste can have a major impact on your overall health, wellness, and environmental impact.
The holiday season is upon us, and it's time to sprinkle some festive cheer around our homes. But wait, let's jingle all the way in an eco-friendly style this year! Swapping out the usual tinsel and baubles for sustainable holiday decorations is not only kind to Mother Earth but also heaps of fun. Here are some merry and bright ideas for decking your halls sustainably!