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Plastic Free Toothpaste

By: Henrietta Mackenzie

I’m particularly fastidious about cleaning my teeth and was keen to find a good plastic free toothpaste.

Chew Toothpaste tabs

First I tried toothpaste tabs with fluoride by British brand Chew. This product has been created by dentists and is plastic free, vegan and 100% British made. It comes in a small glass jar with a metal lid and not a piece of plastic in sight.

How to clean your teeth

Chew is a slightly different way of cleaning your teeth:

  1. You place a tablet in your mouth and chew
  2. Wet your toothbrush and brush your teeth for 2 mins
  3. Spit out afterwards but don’t rinse with water. This lets the fluoride keep on working

What I thought

The new cleaning routine felt a bit weird at first, but I quickly got used to it. My only caveat is that I sometimes got small gritty bits that needed extra chewing before brushing. But this wasn’t a big issue.

I love the fact that you don’t rinse your mouth with water after brushing but instead leave the fluoride on your teeth to keep on working. Chew has fluoride levels of 15,000 ppm (parts per million), which is apparently the right level recommended by dentists. So my dentist gave it a big thumbs up.

Chew was also fairly cost effective. A jar of 124 tablets is £8.90 and available Four State

Georganics

Next I tried another British brand Georganics spearmint flavour natural toothpaste. It comes in a jar with a little wooden spatula for spooning the toothpaste onto your toothbrush, and tastes really fresh. Georganics also has a mineral rich and non-foaming formula with organic virgin coconut oil. Apparently it’s blended with spearmint leaf oil which has antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

What I thought

It tasted great and had no plastic packaging whatsoever. But it doesn’t contain fluoride, the argument being that their ingredients offer everything you need to keep you teeth healthy. I am no expert in this area, so thought it best to take a balanced approach and use Georganics alongside Chew so I was still getting some level of fluoride intake.

A 120 ml jar is £8.90 and available Four State.

Reducing plastic pollution

While plastic toothpaste tubes can be recycled by TerraCycle many still end up polluting our ecosystem. So plastic free toothpaste is a great eco-friendly option to choose.

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