Zero Waste Toothpaste Brands: 13 Plastic-Free Products To Sink Your Teeth Into
Low waste living makes us smile—so where better to start than with zero waste toothpaste?
Every year, one billion plastic toothpaste tubes end up in landfills where they take forever to biodegrade.
Whether you’re pro or anti-fluoride, we can at least all agree that when it comes to toothpaste, plastic-free is the way to go.
That’s why–even if it sounds cheesy—we can’t way to say “Cheese!” with the sustainable toothpaste brands taking a huge bite out of this plastic waste.
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The Best Sustainable Toothpastes That Make Us Grin Ear-To-Ear
What is a good substitute for travel toothpaste?
Eco-friendly toothpaste tablets! For that, Huppy’s waterless bites won’t cause you trouble with TSA or the planet.
For plastic-free toothpaste with fluoride or without it, etee also goes tubeless and provides refills of their toothpaste formula in compostable pouches.
Humble Co. offers a holistically humble range of effective and sustainable oral care products that prioritize both the health of the individual and the health of the planet. Their eco-friendly toothpaste packaging is totally compostable.
Nibble to the end of the article if you want to know how we created this list (or watch our video below) and why we decided to break it up between plastic-free fluoride toothpaste and fluoride-free toothpaste.
The Full List Of The Best Zero Waste Toothpaste Brands
Zero Waste Toothpaste Without Fluoride
Huppy’s Zero Waste Toothpaste Tabs
Huppy’s vegan zero waste toothpaste was the end result from over 100 formula iterations to create one of the best eco-friendly toothpastes around.
Filled with pro-tooth antibacterial and whitening ingredients like coconut oil, tea tree oil, and Xylitol sweetener, you’ll find no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), GMOs, sulfates, parabens, formaldehyde, or artificial dyes.
Instead of fluoride, the mineral hydroxyapatite works to protect teeth from plaque and remineralize enamel.
These tablets are available in peppermint, charcoal mint (for plastic-free teeth whitening properties), watermelon strawberry, and cool mint flavors.
You can either buy once or subscribe for a four-month supply (248 tablets).
For the latter, you save 33%, receive an additional aluminum travel case, and get compostable refills delivered right to your door.
Huppy is here to “do good, give back, and leave the world a whole lot brighter”—not to mention doing the same to your teeth.
100% vegan and cruelty-free, they use only sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients.
All packaging is compostable or recyclable, complete with water-based ink labels, and 2% of their revenue is donated to various sustainability initiatives.
etee’s Plastic-Free Toothpaste Tablets
Their zero waste Chewpaste is formulated with ingredients like Canadian glacial clay, kaolin clay, and sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (note this is sans sulfates, like traditional SLSs).
This formula is completely vegan, cruelty-free, and as of recently, palm oil-free.
The product comes in a glass jar with a steel lid. When empty, you’ll receive more of this refillable toothpaste in compostable pouches.
For anyone in need of a little extra cavity-fighting power, they also offer a plastic-free toothpaste with fluoride, which we’ll cover below.
etee isn’t only one of the most sustainable toothpaste brands—they’re one of the most sustainable zero waste online stores, period, with a wide range of zero waste home and personal care essentials.
What we love about them is that they make (almost) every product they sell, from dish soap refills to an eco-friendly electric toothbrush.
Most personal care products are vegan, but they do also sell non-vegan beeswax wraps (their OG product) and soaps in compostable beeswax pods.
Every etee product that is delivered to your house is 100% plastic-free and their factory is powered by renewable energy.
Georganics’ Eco-Friendly Toothpaste UK
Georganics offers some of the most eco-friendly toothpaste with no fluoride, SLS, palm oil (or derivatives), or glycerin.
It features calcium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate bases, said to be rich in enamel-strengthening minerals that reduce tooth sensitivity.
Choose between ginger, red mandarin, tea tree, English peppermint, spearmint, and pure flavors.
For toothpaste not in a tube, you can find theirs in reusable glass jars with a bamboo spatula for application.
You can also buy sets of environmentally friendly toothpaste bites, oil-pulling mouthwash, and zero waste floss.
UK-based sustainable toothpaste company Georganics specializes in vegan, organic, zero waste dental care.
Beyond toothpaste, they also make oil pulling mouthwashes, bamboo floss, dental supplements, and travel-handy zero waste mouthwash tabs, which are perfect for life on the go.
All products come in biodegradable or reusable packaging and are made to order in England using many locally sourced ingredients.
When you empty their plastic-free toothpaste, UK residents can return any Georganics products and components at no cost as part of their “Zero To Landfill scheme”.
Their products are cruelty-free and vegan except for their silk floss which is “obtained only once the worms have hatched and cocoons are vacant”.
They also support The Ocean Cleanup‘s efforts to reduce plastic waste.
Also available on Ethical Superstore (UK)
*Note: SuperBee also sells beeswax wraps, so while not a vegan company, their toothpaste is vegan.
SuperBee’s Plastic-Free Toothpaste For Sensitive Teeth
SuperBee offers zero waste toothpaste without baking soda, which is also vegan, cruelty-free, and made with natural ingredients—including sorbitol, spearmint oil, menthol, mannitol, plant-based magnesium stearate, coconut SLS, and 1% PVP.
Their spearmint Dentos toothpaste tablets come in a reusable pack and are fluoride-free, talc-free, sugar-free, and palm oil-free.
But if you’re looking for an eco-friendly toothpaste for sensitive teeth, the spearmint flavor is specially designed to be sensitive tooth-friendly.
Just chew each tab into a paste, then brush away the plaque, germs, and bad breath.
We can confirm that these work super well and actually foam a bit better than other toothpaste tabs we’ve tried thanks to the coconut-based non-toxic SLS in the formula.
And because there’s no baking soda, it’s very gentle on both the mouth tissue and gums. We haven’t noticed any canker sores since we’ve been using this toothpaste.
Each pack contains 100 tablets, which equates to approximately three months of toothpaste for one person.
Committed to sustainability and ethical business practices, SuperBee uses only natural and organic ingredients in their products—which also includes beeswax wraps, reusable bags, paper towel alternatives, and bamboo straws—and their packaging is plastic-free, reusable, and recyclable.
Bee-yond that, SuperBee is a Certified B Corp and social enterprise that empowers local communities in Thailand by providing training and employment opportunities for wages 20% higher than the local living wage.
Because volunteer firefighers there often have to work in their own clothes, SuperBee helps provide them with equipment, food, and water.
Bite’s Environmentally Friendly Toothpastes
Bite sustainable toothpaste bits are made with ingredients such as xylitol, calcium carbonate, and baking soda.
While they offer one plastic-free toothpaste with fluoride, most are fluoride-free, instead containing nano-hydroxyapatite, which not only remineralizes teeth, but polishes, whitens, balances the mouth’s pH, and soothes gums.
All flavors are vegan, cruelty-free, and absent any sulfates, parabens, gluten, and artificial flavors.
You can buy individually as needed, or save 33% by signing up for their flexible subscription plan.
Vegan toothpaste brand Bite’s packaging is also eco-friendly, with the first shipment coming in a refillable glass jar and all following shipments in refill pouches—all carbon-neutral, as well.
In addition, Bite is a member of 1% for the Planet, a Certified B Corp, and a member of the Plastic Bank, through which they’ve helped divert hundreds of thousands of pounds of plastic waste from oceans and landfills.
You can read about the impact they’re making in their yearly Impact Reports.
6. The Dirt
*Note: Not all products are vegan, but the tooth powders are vegan.
The Dirt’s Plastic-Free Powdered Toothpaste For Sensitive Teeth
The Dirt’s minimalist tooth powders—available in sweet spice orange or super mint—are vegan and paleo, and sans fluoride, glycerin, or GMO-derived Xylitol.
Instead of baking soda, which can be abrasive on tooth enamel, they use bentonite clay powders, which rank only a 1 or 2 on the Mohs scale of harshness.
The 6-month supply comes in mini glass mason jars.
They also make traditional toothpaste, but these contain beeswax (not vegan friendly) and come in a traditional toothpaste tubes made of plastic, which we obviously don’t consider to be sustainable toothpaste packaging.
About The Dirt
The Dirt, a local Los Angeles based oral care company, focuses on “super natural personal care” and started because founder Shannon Drake was dissatisfied with the greenwashing of supposedly “natural” toothpaste.
The Dirt aims to make products so healthy we could eat them.
The Dirt’s low-waste toothpaste and mouthwash are all cruelty-free, free of soy, corn, and gluten and filled with organic ingredients wherever possible.
There’s no mention of palm oil derivatives in their ingredients list and their zero waste toothpaste is USA made.
Also available on Thrive Market
ScentCerae’s Zero Waste Toothpaste With Bentonite Clay
ScentCerae’s vegan sustainable toothpaste is made of a natural blend of ingredients: bentonite clay, white kaolin clay, illite sea clay, sodium bicarbonate, natural soap nuts, and organic xylitol.
Some potentially harmful things you won’t find in these zero waste toothpaste tablets—AKA Tooth Nibs—include: fluoride, titanium dioxide, glycerine, SLS, artificial flavors, dyes, and triclosan.
To better protect tooth enamel, there are also no abrasive fillers. Sodium bicarbonate is the closest equivalent and still ranks low on Moh’s hardness scale.
Each jar comes with 80 nibs and a choice between four naturally-derived flavors: Cinnamon Roll, Mint Chocolate Chip, Matcha Mint, and Strawberry Champagne.
Your first order will come in a compact and convenient waterproof tin while subsequent orders come in paper toothpaste refill envelopes.
ScentCerae is owned, operated, and partially named after a woman with a passion for sustainability and travel. Sherae started the company while living in Asia for 7 years as an expat.
She makes a full line of natural skincare, haircare, and other personal care items in a zero waste lab using ethically and locally (where possible) sourced ingredients.
Aside from selling them online, she hosts pop-up shops as she travels. Some of her products are even offered in certain hair salons and dental offices (yes this is dentist approved zero waste toothpaste).
Zero Waste Toothpaste With Fluoride
etee’s Zero Waste Toothpaste With Fluoride
etee’s back on the list with some of the best eco-friendly toothpaste with fluoride.
You still get many of the same ingredients as their traditional chew paste (Canadian glacial clay, kaolin clay, and sulfate-free foaming agents)—only this time, you get a bit of sodium fluoride too.
It’s not for everyone but if you do need a zero waste toothpaste with an added cavity-fighting ingredient, this is it.
We won’t go super in-depth here (because we covered it all above) but we will say we love how they’re revolutionizing our favorite body care and home products, like zero waste dish soap and plastic-free loofah alternatives.
9. Humble Co.
Humble Co’s Zero Waste Toothpaste Tablets
Like some other brands, Humble Co. makes their toothpaste zero waste by condensing it into concentrated, super portable tablets that make for the perfect biodegradable travel toothpaste.
These tablets come in two different varieties—with fluoride and fluoride-free—but share ingredients like mentha leaf oil, baking soda, kaolin clay, hydrates silica, and calcium carbonate.
When it comes to fluoride eco-friendly toothpaste, dentist approved Humble Co uses a fluoride content of 1450 PPM, which is the recommended amount by dental professionals.
The tablets are packaged in a recyclable or compostable cardboard container.
The tablets are FDA-registered and certified cruelty-free, though they do contain magnesium stearate, which can be palm derived, so we’ll be checking on Humble Co.’s palm oil policy.
We’ve also tried these tablets and while they’re on par with other tooth tablets in performance, we especially appreciate that these aren’t just a plastic-free packaging toothpaste, but a totally compostable one. Whereas many come in glass jars, these leave no leftover packaging in the end.
About Humble Co.
Sweden-based Humble Co. is a company that is committed to reducing waste and plastic pollution.
In addition to sustainable packaging toothpaste, they also offer sustainable toothbrushes and floss picks as eco-friendly alternatives to traditional oral care products.
They source their materials responsibly and manufacture in ethical facilities in China.
Humble also donates a portion of their profits to support oral health projects for children in need around the world via the Humble Smile Foundation.
Georganics’ Eco-Friendly Toothpaste With Fluoride
Like the fluoride-free toothpaste we talked about earlier, Georganics’ eco-friendly fluoride toothpaste is out to keep your smile naturally beautiful.
The formulas between these versions are much the same—COSMOS-certified organic plant oils, baking soda, and calcium carbonate—as are all the toxic and synthetic ingredients you won’t find.
These include vegetable glycerin, palm oil, and SLS.
We’ve tried out the fluoridated version of Georganics’ eco toothpaste and are especially fond of the charcoal version for its extra whitening properties.
Despite the fact that these are designed to be a non-foaming formula, the toothpaste spreads through the mouth easily and our chompers are left feeling just as clean (if not cleaner!) than with traditional foaming toothpaste.
In fact, the non-foaming formula is perfect for those who find themselves gagging on the excessive amount of foam of SLS-based traditional toothpaste.
For more on this zero waste toothpaste UK brand, see our coverage of Georganic’s fluoride-free toothpaste options above.
Also available on Ethical Superstore (UK)
Unpaste’s Zero Waste Toothpaste
Unpaste dares you to “replace your paste” with these convenient and highly portable zero waste toothpaste tablets.
Just bite, wet your bamboo electric toothbrush, and brush the bacteria away in two minutes.
These plastic-free toothpaste tabs contain no preservatives, GMOs, gluten, dyes, palm oil, aluminum or nanoparticles, foaming agents, SLS, paraffin, or other petroleum based products.
Instead, you’ll find a vegan and cruelty-free formula made of microfine polishing cellulose, baking soda, and silica in a mildly minty flavor.
While the original version does contain fluoride, they also have a fluoride free option.
There are 125 tabs in each waste-free toothpaste package made of compostable non-GMO corn starch printed with organic ink—basically the closest thing to no packaging toothpaste possible.
Unpaste’s goal is “to provide the best possible dental care using the least amount of chemical ingredients possible, with no waste”.
They only make sustainable zero waste toothpaste, and they’ve been wildly successful at doing exactly that.
You can now find Unpaste in tons of sustainable online retailers, as well as in zero waste brick-and-mortar shops around the U.S.
While they’re most commonly found in the States, these tabs are made entirely in Germany and certified by all German organizations, including Aktion-zahnfreundlich e.V. as safe and effective and BDIH as all-natural.
Germany’s certifiers are arguably stricter than US organizations like the USDA and FDA. In other words, you know you’re getting gute sachen.
Plus, they “only use safe natural ingredients and only from countries with strong labor laws”.
12. The Good Company
The Good Company’s Zero Waste Toothpaste Australia
The Good Company offers a range of toothpaste tablets that come in a reusable glass jar.
These tablets are made with natural and organic ingredients, including detoxifying coconut oil baking soda, gum soothing aloe leaf juice, and xylitol, a natural sweetener that helps to prevent tooth decay.
Choose between plain mint or mint charcoal.
Within each of these, you can also choose between zero waste fluoride toothpaste or that with nHAp+ (positively charged nano-hydroxyapatite).
Both kinds are free of SLS, artificial flavors, and other harmful chemicals.
Not only is the toothpaste eco-friendly, but easy to use. Simply chew a tablet, brush your teeth, and rinse. The tablets are perfectly portioned, so you don’t have to worry about using too much or too little.
About The Good Company
The Good Company is “on a mission to build the world’s most sustainable oral care company”.
They’re getting there by only using natural and organic ingredients in their products, and sourcing these ingredients from sustainable and ethical suppliers.
While initial orders of their toothpaste tablets come in a reusable glass jar, they also offer a refill program, so you can refill your jar instead of buying a new one. Refills come in a home compostable plant-based PLA pouch.
In addition to their commitment to sustainability, this Certified B Corp is also committed to ethical business practices.
*Note: Mintly uses some sustainable palm oil derivatives.
Mintly’s Zero Waste Toothpaste
Mintly offers a variety of zero waste toothpaste options that are both effective and sustainable.
All of their eco toothpaste options—which include both fluoride and fluoride free—are packaged in recyclable or compostable materials, reducing waste and promoting eco-friendliness.
Made with natural ingredients, Mintly ensures a safe and healthy oral care routine with things like baking soda, coconut oil, microcrystalline cellulose, silica, magnesium stearate, and both peppermint and wild mint essential oils.
All are designed to promote oral health, in a vegan and cruelty-free package free from preservatives, SLS, GMOs, parabens, peroxide, aspartame, glycerin, and artificial dyes and sweeteners.
While there are palm-derived ingredients, they come from certified sustainable sources.
Each order supplies you for four months, and when it’s time for a refill, you can bypass the original glass jars in favor of compostable paper pouch refills.
“Eco or hell no”: that’s the Mintly motto.
In addition to their zero waste toothpaste options, Mintly also offers other sustainable oral care products, such as bamboo toothbrushes and floss.
As a brand, they prioritize eco-friendly packaging in every regard—down to the easy-to-remove labels printed with minimal ink.
Mintly also donates a portion of their profits to environmental organizations via a membership to 1% for the Planet.
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How We Found The Best Plastic-Free Toothpaste Brands
So what is zero waste toothpaste?
Does it refer to the packaging? Or what happens to the toothpaste after we spit the suds down the drain? Is toothpaste biodegradable?
If this is your first time visiting, our approach to ethical and sustainable beauty is to look for brands and
- Non-toxic: The best natural toothpaste is good for the planet AND you, down to the ingredients. This means no common traditional toothpaste nasties like triclosan, SLS, propylene glycol, artificial flavors and sweeteners, dyes, DEA, or parabens.
- Vegan and cruelty-free: We don’t know about you, but we really don’t want to be swishing anything from an animal around in our mouths, which is why we seek vegan eco-friendly toothpaste.
- Palm oil free: Palm oil free toothpaste is ideal, but if it is used, it needs to be RSPO (or equivalent) certified.
- Ethical ingredient sourcing
- Thoughtful packaging: Ideally, we look for no-plastic toothpaste in compostable or biodegradable packaging, but zero waste also entails packaging that is reusable (read more in our deep dive on glass vs plastic).
Sustainable Toothpaste With Fluoride Vs Without Fluoride
Ah, the great debate about toothpaste… Are natural options good or bad for you ultimately?
Should your toothpaste contain fluoride or not?
The answer is deeply personal based on your teeth, your health and your background (and your dentist’s advice).
On one hand, it’s a little sus that fluoride is put in everything from toothpaste to tap water, without much conclusive evidence to show it’s beneficial in any way.
Some studies have even suggested it disrupts endocrine systems like phthalates and is a human developmental neurotoxicant, decreasing intelligence in children much the same as other toxic metals (lead, methylmercury, arsenic).
But is zero waste toothpaste good for your teeth without fluoride?
It sure can be! Many use mineral hydroxyapatite (which naturally occurs in the body) is one of the best things a brand can add to their toothpaste to give it remineralizing, enamel-protecting properties, sans fluoride.
Enamel strength also differs from person to person, depending on things like genetics and diet, so for some, zero waste fluoride toothpaste is unnecessary.
If you’re on the fence, it’s never a bad idea to discuss this with your dentist, as they’ll be able to provide a recommendation based on your mouth’s particular needs.
Final Thoughts On Eco-Friendly Toothpaste Brands
Plastic packaging free toothpaste hasn’t always been this easy to find.
In fact, for a long time there were no sustainable toothpaste tablets at all.
Thankfully, you can now find zero waste tooth tabs, toothpowder, paste, and more with a quick search.
The trick is trying to find options that are not only good for you, but better for the environment, down to the natural ingredients in each zero waste toothpaste recipe.
By ditching your conventional toothpaste tube and supporting one of these sustainable toothpaste brands (and encouraging friends to do the same by sharing this list), you can do just that.