What is Plastic Free Toothpaste?

Plastic-free toothpaste is becoming increasingly popular lately.  However, we all want to know if it’s as good as your traditional plastic toothpaste.  

Keep reading on to find out more. 

Plastic-free toothpaste often refers to toothpaste that doesn’t come in the standard plastic toothpaste tube. There are various forms of plastic-free toothpaste, but before we move onto this, we need to understand what is the problem with plastic toothpaste tubes? 

The Problem with Plastic

To begin, did you know that 1.5 billion plastic toothpaste tubes are sent to landfill every single year.  

Plastic-free toothpaste aims to help put an end to the world's increasing reliance on plastics, which are primarily derived from fossil fuel-based chemicals and typically discarded soon after their use. Plastic-free toothpastes are helping to make a big change in the packaging that is causing catastrophic damage to our planet and wildlife. 

Single-use plastics are typically used for packaging and service ware in products such as wrappers, straws, plastic bags, and bottles. Sadly, they have a bigger impact on our environment than many people realise. 

Single-Use Plastics

Plastics, which are a chain of synthetic polymers, were invented in the mid 19th century. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s, when plastics experienced a seismic shift in popularity. Manufacturers  decided to shift away from traditional paper or glass options towards lighter and cheaper plastic alternatives. A key example of this shift is the shift away from milk jars towards plastic jugs. Fortunately, we have also seen options such as plastic-free toothpaste, reusable drinking bottles, and metal straws which have recently tried to shift the trend back away from single-use plastics. 

Since 1950, we have produced more than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic. However, the recent rise of popularity is shown with over 50% of this being produced in the past 15 years alone. A small proportion of single-use plastics is critical for maintenance and protection of health, such as surgical and dental gloves. A study in 2017 highlighted more than half of non-fibre plastic, comes from plastic packaging alone. This is typically only used once and then disposed of almost immediately.

Are Single Used Plastics Bad?

Plastic toothpaste tubes, plastic food packaging, and plastic water bottles are all key examples of our throwaway culture, with little regard for what happens to the plastic once it has been disposed of. Our busy lifestyles often permit us to prioritise convenience ahead of any consideration to the long-term impact of our actions. 

We are trending away from investing in good quality products that will last. Because of human’s reliance on plastics, we are gathering and ultimately damaging our planet at an alarming rate. There are 300 million tons of plastic produced every single year across the world, half of which is for single-use items. To put things into perspective, that is nearly the entire weight of the entire human population. By choosing to opt-out of the free utensils that come with a takeaway meal, by choosing to take your own reusable carrier bag to the supermarket, and by choosing plastic-free toothpaste, you are deciding to make one small change to protect our planet. These simple changes in our day to day lives, will all add up to a big difference when everyone does their part.  

You will often hear the term “recycled plastic”; did you know an astonishing 91% of plastic isn’t recycled at all. It typically ends up in landfills and damages the environment and our wildlife. Items such as plastic toothpaste tubes which consist of a mix of materials are particularly hard to recycle. Other smaller items like straws, bags, and cutlery tend to fall into the crevices of recycling machines and as a result, are typically rejected by recycling centres.

Break Up, Not Down

Single-use plastic doesn’t really break down, they only break up. Plastic-free toothpaste such as Tongue’s toothpaste tablets have been designed to disrupt the outdated dental market. 

With traditional plastic toothpaste tubes, over time, the sun and heat will slowly turn the plastic into smaller pieces until they become so small, they are termed microplastics. These fragments are typically no more than 5 millimetres long and traditionally very difficult to detect. However, they are everywhere. 

These microplastics end up in our water, inside human bodies, and are often eaten by wildlife. For our wildlife species, these microplastics can be very dangerous, they often accumulate inside the animal’s body creating health issues such as punctured organs and intestinal blockages which can be fatal. 

Tongue’s plastic-free toothpaste tablets come in 100% compostable, plastic-free packaging. This packaging has been certified by TUV Austria as ‘OK Compost HOME”  which means they will break down in a home compost within 180 days. Our incredible pouches solve all the problems associated with traditional plastic toothpaste tubes and you can forever say goodbye to plastic and microplastic damage with Tongue’s plastic-free toothpaste. 

What is Plastic-Free Toothpaste?

In today’s modern-day society there is no need to continue using plastic toothpaste tubes.  Whilst there are options available to recycle your plastic toothpaste tubes, this doesn’t go far enough and as we have already heard the majority of plastic is never recycled and still ends up in a landfill. 

Tongue’s plastic-free toothpaste consists of environmentally friendly toothpaste tablets housed in compostable packaging. Unlike other plastic-free toothpaste options available on the market, Tongue’s mission to simultaneously protect your oral health and our planet is taken very seriously and we would never release a product that doesn’t provide optimal protection to your oral health.  

This is why our toothpaste tablets contain the perfect concentration of fluoride at 1450 parts per million, which is clinically proven to protect your teeth against dental decay. This key active ingredient is critical to the maintenance and protection of your oral health. 

Toothpaste tablets are essentially dehydrated toothpaste containing all of the ingredients that you need and excluding all of those ingredients which you don’t. Our toothpaste tablets are cruelty-free and vegan. This means our product and ingredients have never or will ever be tested on animals and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. Our toothpaste tablets are also free from palm oil which is a strong contributor to deforestation and the destruction of the homes of our wildlife. 

Check out these blog posts for more information on our cruelty-free and vegan, plastic-free toothpaste:

  1. https://www.tonguesclub.com/blogs/oral-health-blog/have-you-been-looking-for-a-vegan-toothpaste
  2. https://www.tonguesclub.com/blogs/oral-health-blog/cruelty-free-products

The Final Verdict

Plastic-free toothpaste used to be something that you could opt for to protect the environment, but at the risk of compromising your oral health. This is no longer the case. 

You can now choose to protect your oral health and our planet with Tongue’s plastic-free toothpaste with fluoride. Plastic-free toothpaste is just as good for your oral health and even better for the planet. 

What more could you ask for?! If you are looking for plastic-free toothpaste, which is SLS-free, gluten-free, palm oil-free, cruelty-free, and vegan, then look no further. 

Buy your Tongue’s plastic-free toothpaste today

References

  1. https://www.nrdc.org/stories/single-use-plastics-101#what
  2. https://www.tonguesclub.com/blogs/oral-health-blog/have-you-been-looking-for-a-vegan-toothpaste
  3. https://www.tonguesclub.com/blogs/oral-health-blog/cruelty-free-products
Written by Tongue's Club

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