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3 Easy Eco-Friendly Swaps for Your Oral Care Routine

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Spread on counter, toothpaste tablets, cornstarch dental floss, and a couple of refillable bamboo toothbrushes

Whether you wet your toothbrush before or after the toothpaste (I personally do both), we all got our daily bathroom routines. From those electric toothbrushes to dental floss picks, there are so many options to choose from and it’s easy to stick to what we know.

However, switching up that routine and making our bathrooms eco-friendlier is much easier than you think. In fact, it might actually be a lot more convenient than what you’re doing right now!

Here are 3 swaps you’ll want to try next time you need that replacement.

Summary

Refillable bamboo toothbrush standing on counter next to two refillable brush heads

Refillable Bamboo Toothbrush

You’ve probably heard of a bamboo toothbrush before, but have you heard of a refillable one?

A refillable bamboo toothbrush works just like any other toothbrush but without all the plastic. The only difference from a regular bamboo toothbrush is that you can replace the brush head and compost the old one!

Benefits & Features
  • Works just like any other toothbrush
  • Toothbrush head uses soft, fine bristles
  • Refillable Bamboo Handle (Compostable)
  • Castor Oil Bristles (Recyclable)
  • Vegan
  • Travel-Friendly
Why bamboo toothbrushes are better than plastic

Most toothbrushes in stores are made of a mix of different plastics, making them hard to recycle. Bamboo on the other hand is one of the fastest-growing plants on our planet and is 100% biodegradable.

They self-replenish and require little care for them to grow. Adding sustainable practices to this makes bamboo much better for the environment.

 

 

Toothpaste tablets on counter

Toothpaste Tablets

Now this one is something you might have not heard before. I know it may sound a little intimidating but it’s simple and takes little adjustment to use.

These chewable tablets are made of plant-based ingredients without all the harsh chemicals you’d find in your usual toothpaste. Best of all? There’s no more struggling with squeezing out that last bit of toothpaste or leftover gobs in your sink.

Benefits & Features:
  • Compostable, recyclable, and refillable packaging
  • 100% Natural toothpaste with no fluoride or harsh chemicals
  • Made in Edmonton, Alberta Canada by Change Toothpaste
  • Plastic-free & Mess-free
  • Travels with you anywhere
Why tablets are the most eco-friendly toothpaste

Tubed toothpaste is the most common way for toothpaste to be packaged and it’s exactly why they are harmful to our environment.

Just like those plastic toothbrushes, many of those tubes are made of a mix of plastics and are not easily recycled so they end up being thrown away. Even if the tubes are made of materials like metal, they are more likely to burst and cause a mess.

Using tablets not only shifts us away from those tubes but also condenses all you’ll need in tin without worrying about contaminating our oceans with chemicals. You also won’t need those travel-size tubes either.

How do you use toothpaste tablets?

These toothpaste tablets are chewable and might take some getting use to but are simple to use:

  1. Pop a tablet into your moth
  2. Chew the tablets a couple of times
  3. Brush with a wet toothbrush

 

Corn starch dental floss roll bundle with bamboo case on counter

Corn Starch Dental Floss

I don’t know about you but one thing I’ve always felt guilty about is the fact that I can’t refill my dental floss and how much I use. Believe me, I’ve tried but the brands I've used don’t make it easy.

The corn starch dental floss doesn’t really have any adjustment, aside from buying refills instead of the whole package. The difference it makes is in its plant-based materials, making it 100% biodegradable.

And coming in a bamboo case, refilling couldn’t be any more painless.

Benefits & Features
  • Simple to use
  • Refillable Bamboo Case
  • Plant-based Floss (Cornstarch & Candelilla Plant Wax)
  • 100% Biodegradable
  • Compact, making it travel-friendly

 

How floss is harmful to our environment

Most traditional dental floss is made of nylon and with how small they are, they aren’t accepted at recycling facilities and end up in our landfills. The same goes for the small plastic container many come with.

When you factor in that many people don’t refill those containers, that plastic really adds up. So much so that most dental floss can take up to 500 years to decompose!

 

Title "zero waste bathroom" with products toothpaste tablets, refillable bamboo toothbrush, and corn starch dental floss in the middle. At the bottom, text "new arrival dental" and water colour mint leaves in the bottom right and top left corners.

The Ultimate Oral Care Routine

Whether you try out one or try them all, these are easy swaps that make little to no changes in your routine while making your bathroom more eco-friendly by reducing waste. All while making our lives a little more convenient.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Try them out today! 

  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Refillable Bamboo Toothbrush with 2 Refills

Refillable Bamboo Toothbrush

How often should I change my toothbrush?

Dentists recommend changing our brushes as early as the 3-month mark. This is because of the wear the bristles take on overtime and any further use can cause damage to our teeth.

 

How do you keep a bamboo toothbrush from getting moldy?

Like many things, exposure to water can cause mold. To avoid this, make sure to keep your brush in an open and dry area rather than a container or cabinet. If needed, use a towel to dry the bristles and handle.

 

How do you compost the refillable bamboo brush head?

Use tweezers or a plier to remove the bristles from the head before composting.

 

Toothpaste Tablets

Where are the toothpaste tablets made?

These tablets are made in Canada by Change Toothpaste with plant-based ingredients! More specifically, in Edmonton, Alberta.

 

Do toothpaste tablets work?

Toothpaste tablets work just like any toothpaste (maybe even better)! The only difference is that they're in a chewable tablet form and are made with 100% natural ingredients. Not to mention, they are vegan and animal cruelty-free (:

 

Can You Swallow Toothpaste Tablets?

Yes! If you happen to swallow the toothpaste, there’s nothing to worry about. You won’t find any of those harsh chemicals like fluoride or saccharin that are found in the usual tube toothpaste in the tablets. Therefore, making it completely safe to swallow.

 

Do I need fluoride toothpaste?

Toothpaste without fluoride can effectively clean teeth, especially that buildup so it is not needed. If you’re looking for a toothpaste option without fluoride and all-natural ingredients, these toothpaste tablets are the best for you!

 

Corn Starch Dental Floss and Bamboo Case

Corn Starch Dental Floss

What is the most eco-friendly floss made of?

Corn starch dental floss and a bamboo case are one of the most, if not the most, eco-friendly options out there! Made of plant-based materials, it’s 100% biodegradable and easy to use.

 

How do you refill the corn starch dental floss?

Simply remove the top half of the bamboo case, insert your refill of floss, and run the end through the hole in the top. Once through, place the two halves back together and you’re ready to go!

 

How do I take care of the bamboo case?

To make sure it lasts you for a long time, keep away from water. An extra step that you can do is treat it with food-grade oil every 2-3 weeks.

 

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