At home, the place I find it easiest to reduce and avoid waste is the bathroom. I’ve replaced bottled shampoo with a shampoo bar, liquid body wash with solid soap, my travel toothbrush with a bamboo brush, tampons with a menstrual cup and cotton buds that have plastic sticks with ones that have paper sticks. I still want to replace my plastic razor with a safety razor, find a good natural deodorant that comes without plastic packaging, replace standard floss with biodegradable floss that comes in a refillable container and ditch the toothpaste in a plastic tube. Regarding the latter, I’m one step closer.
I’m currently trying a natural, organic toothpaste in a glass jar by georganics (see image) that was delivered in paper packaging. I like the taste and my mouth definitely feels refreshed afterwards. The only difference to most other toothpastes is that it doesn’t foam. The ingredient that makes toothpaste foam and is missing in this case is sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). The interesting fact is that we don’t need foam to clean our teeth, all it does is make us feel clean. But we have come to expect foam when we brush teeth; it’s a signal, a reward that makes it easy for brushing teeth to become a habit. The same is true for the fresh feeling and cool, tingling sensation.
The toothpaste from georganics is not exactly cheap, but after an initial trial of the 60ml jar, I will probably go for the 250ml jar next time, which price-wise can compete with some of the special toothpastes on the market. And in the end, it’s natural, zero-waste, organic, vegan, cruelty-free and made in England. Maybe in the future, there will be more option on the market for toothpastes that are not only good for our teeth but also the planet. Another one that I’ve come across, but not tried, is solid toothpaste.
Also, the mouthwash tablets you can see on the picture, I think are a brilliant idea. They don’t only take up less volume and therefore require less packaging, but are also ideal for travelling. My experience is that when it comes to replacing everyday, wasteful products we’re currently taking for granted with more sustainable options, it seems it’s time to be creative and think outside the box.