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The Best Eco-Friendly Toothpaste in 2022

Do you need to brush up on the best plastic-free and eco-friendly toothpaste in 2022 in the UK? You’re in luck! I’ve got you covered with my pick of the ten best brands.

Looking for a more sustainable and eco-friendly toothpaste? Perhaps one that’s plastic-free, and packaged in a glass jar? Perhaps some eco-friendly toothpaste tablets? Or maybe you’d prefer toothpaste that comes in a recyclable metal tube? Or maybe even toothpaste that comes in a refillable tube?

You are in luck! The good news is that the eco-friendly toothpaste market has expanded massively in the last year or so. Now, in 2022, there’s an option for almost every sustainable dental care variable.

What’s Wrong With Conventional Toothpaste Tubes?

You might be wondering what exactly is wrong with standard toothpaste tubes? Well, toothpaste tubes and other types of squeezable tubes are difficult to recycle because they combine different materials. Toothpaste tubes in particular often contain a thin layer of aluminium, sandwiched between various types of plastic. It’s too tricky and too costly for recycling centres to separate and process these layers, so instead the empty tubes get sent to landfill.

Terracycle does collect conventional toothpaste tubes for recycling. However, you do need to have a collection point near you. Depending on where you live, this may or may not be accessible to you, so you may prefer to bypass these tubes of toothpaste completely.

Ten of The Best Eco-Friendly Toothpaste Brands

Image of two wooden toothbrushes with a blue text box that says ten of the best eco-friendly toothpaste brands

The good news is that I’ve been doing some digging and found the best green toothpaste brands in the UK right now. These brands should be fully recyclable in most parts of the UK. However, do check with your local council on anything you are not sure about.

I’ve also specifically looked for the brands that offer fluoride and fluoride-free eco-friendly toothpaste options, to cater to a range of dental needs. In my search, I’ve even found palm oil-free toothpaste brands and eco-friendly brands that cater to sensitive teeth. Let’s dive in, and brush up on my favourite toothpaste brands!

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Ben and Anna

ben and anna eco-friendly toothpaste

Ben and Anna* make a range of different flavoured eco-friendly toothpaste, catering for a range of differing dental needs. From toothpaste with fluoride to toothpaste without fluoride. They even have whitening toothpaste, and toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. What’s more, each is packaged in a recyclable glass jar and cardboard box.

Their effective cruelty-free formulas are made from natural ingredients, such as sea-buckthorn, chamomile, activated charcoal, cinnamon, and calcium for strong, shiny teeth and healthy gums. And even better, all of their toothpaste is free from nasties, such as phthalates, parabens, microplastics, SLS, and formaldehyde.

Ben and Anna also make a natural mouthwash (that’s not made from coconut oil) that is also packaged in a glass bottle.

Prices start from £8.95.

Boca

boca plastic-free toothpaste

BOCA has produced day and night tubes of toothpaste crafted from organic and vegan ingredients. You can even choose from fluoride or fluoride-free options, depending on your preferences. What’s more, the toothpaste features the world’s first refill and reuse tube system. This is currently on trial in the UK only.

Wondering how it works? Every 8 weeks BOCA sends you replacement compostable tube refill cartridges. All you have to do is pop the empty tube in the dishwasher or clean it with hot water. Then refill your tubes and reseal them with the BOCA system, before composting your empty refill cartridges.

If you don’t get on with toothpaste in a glass jar or toothpaste tablets then this could be one to try. Sometimes eco-friendly swaps are easier to make if they’re similar to what you’ve been used to.

Prices start from £9.99.

Brushd Eco-Friendly Toothpaste

brushd plastic free dental care

Brushd* makes a great range of plastic-free dental hygiene products, including toothpaste tablets, that come in fluoride or fluoride-free varieties. They also have a range of mouthwash tablets and plastic-free dental floss. When your toothpaste or mouthwash jar is empty, there’s no need to put it in the glass recycling. Instead buy a refill that comes in a cardboard container for a lower carbon footprint.

Brushd also makes bamboo interdental brushes*. To be honest, I’m on the fence about bamboo interdental brushes. They’re made of mixed materials. This means they will have to be sent to landfill, where biodegradable materials do not break down. Bamboo isn’t native to Europe so it has to be shipped from abroad. This possibly gives it a heavier carbon footprint than a plastic interdental brush. It’s a more expensive “eco” swap that may not make a discernible difference to the environment. It’s certainly something to think about. If you want to read more you can read about why plastic-free isn’t always better for the environment.

Toothpaste tablets start from £4.99.

DENTtabs

DENTtabs toothpaste tablets

DENTtabs* teeth cleaning tablets with fluoride are a great eco-friendly alternative to toothpaste. These tablets are 100% plastic-free, with no preservatives. They come in a fully home compostable bag made from cornstarch and carry the official home composting certification. When the bag arrives in the post, simply rip it open and pop the toothpaste tablets into one of your own reused jars. Then pop the bag in your composter – no waste!

One bag is equivalent to 2 tubes of toothpaste, and kid’s versions are available too.

Priced at £5.55.

Georganics

Georganics* specialise in natural, sustainable, and ethical dental care. As such, they create plastic-free products that promote good oral health. Made by hand in the UK, each formula includes locally sourced, organic natural ingredients that are kind to you, your teeth, and the planet.

From refillable jars of toothpaste tablets to tooth soap and toothpowder, their environmentally friendly teeth cleaning range is extensive. Meanwhile, their mouthwash tablets and plastic-free dental floss also promote good oral hygiene, not at the expense of the planet.

What’s more, their vegan-friendly products are free from fluoride, parabens, SLS, SLES, mineral oil, microbeads, phthalates, triclosan, palm oil, and synthetic fragrances.

Prices start from £6.90 for toothpaste.

Happier Eco-Friendly Toothpaste

happier plastic free toothpaste in tubes

Happier* is another plastic-free toothpaste that comes in a tube if dental tablets are not your thing. This toothpaste has been specially formulated for sensitive teeth. What’s to really love about it is that the Happier eco-friendly toothpaste comes in an old-school aluminium tube. This tube can be recycled with your metal recycling. It also looks incredibly stylish sitting on your bathroom shelf!

To help you squeeze out every last drop of toothpaste, you can buy a reusable “Squeeze Key” from Happier. Conveniently, this can also be used on all aluminium tubes, such as my favourite Weleda Skin Food, or even your tomato puree!

This fluoride toothpaste is free from SLS, triclosan, parabens, petrochemicals, colours, artificial flavours, or artificial sweeteners. What’s more, it’s cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.

Priced from £12, with discounts available for repeat subscriptions.

Parla

Parla zero-waste toothpaste tablets

Parla’s eco-friendly toothpaste tablets* was founded by three award-winning cosmetic dentists from London. As dentists, they believe toothpaste should first and foremost protect people’s smiles but not harm people, animals, or the planet in the process.

Their very minty tablets are available in two different-sized glass jars – either as 62 tablets or 248 tablets. And when you need a refill, you can buy a 248 tablet refill that comes in a cardboard box for lower carbon shipping. Not sure what size would suit you? 62 Tabs is a 1 month supply for 1 person brushing twice daily. Meanwhile, 248 Tabs is a 4 month supply for 1 person brushing twice daily.

Prices start at £6.95.

Truthpaste

truthpaste palm oil free toothpaste

Truthpaste* is a palm oil-free toothpaste, that’s also free from fluoride, SLS/SLES, triclosan, and glycerin. Nor does it doesn’t contain any foaming agents, bleaching agents, colourants, or artificial ingredients. Even better, Truthpaste is 100% vegan and cruelty-free too.

This eco-friendly toothpaste comes in a glass jar with a metal lid, making it fully recyclable when you’re done.

Priced at £8.95

Truthtabs

Not to be confused with Truthpaste, Truthtabs* are a different company!

Simply pop one UK-made Truthtab into your mouth, bite and brush. Truthtabs foam and clean just like toothpaste. Meanwhile, the fresh Wild Mint flavour leaves your teeth sparkling and your breath fresh.

These come in a cardboard box, which can be decanted into your own glass jar, for lower carbon shipping.

Prices start at £4.50

Weleda Eco-Friendly Toothpaste

Finally, Weleda* offers this plant-based formulation in a metal tube. This toothpaste is especially good for those with delicate gums.

This toothpaste is vegan-friendly and not tested on animals. What’s more, it’s free from sugar, artificial sweeteners, surfactants, synthetic preservatives, flavours, colourants, and raw materials derived from mineral oils. Do note that Weleda’s toothpaste is only available in a fluoride-free option.

Priced at £4.95.

Didn’t You Forget About Lush?

So, yes, Lush does make toothpaste tablets. Ane no, I’m not recommending them. Personally, I am not a fan of Lush. I dislike their intensely pushy sales tactics. The last time I was in their store, they used some pretty problematic sales tactics on my kids who were just 3 and 7 at the time. As such, I’ve not bought any of their products since.

Whilst that’s my own personal grudge against Lush, there are bigger reasons that make Lush one to avoid. In December it was reported that Lush donated a four-figure sum to an anti-trans group. They have since apologised, but I personally feel uneasy supporting this company.

What If I Can’t Afford These Eco-Friendly Toothpaste Brands?

All of these eco-friendly toothpaste brands do come at a much higher price point than your average £1 tube of toothpaste. If they’re out of reach, then you can try to buy toothpaste that comes in a pump, rather than a tube, if this is accessible to you. Recycle Now says that pump action toothpaste tubes are easier to recycle. Pump tubes can be placed in your recycling bin if your local authority also collects plastic pots, tubs, and trays, so do make for a more affordable eco-friendly swap.

How Can We As Consumers Bring About Change?

Something that is important for us all to do, whether we can afford to buy these eco alternatives or not, is to write to toothpaste manufacturers via email or social media, to ask them to switch to recyclable packaging.

In terms of accessibility, I don’t know if toothpaste tubes or pumps are more accessible to people with mobility problems. Do see the plastic straw ban conversation if you are new to these issues. I would therefore be loath to suggest that all manufacturers switch to toothpaste pumps without fully understanding any potential impacts.

Colgate has, however, introduced a fully recyclable toothpaste tube. This shows the technology and materials are there. More manufacturers should therefore be encouraged to adopt this packaging.

Frustratingly, Colgate hasn’t introduced this recyclable tube across their whole range, and the price point is much higher for this toothpaste. I smell greenwashing. Having one recyclable product amongst a sea of non-recyclable products does not make for an eco-friendly toothpaste brand. Colgate should be encouraged to roll this packaging out across their whole range. In the absence of strong Governmental actions on plastic packaging, they will only do this with consumer pressure from us.

Enjoyed this post? Do also check out my posts on the best fluoride-free toothpaste and how to reduce plastic in the bathroom.

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Eco-Friendly Shampoo & Conditioner Under £10

Let me share my favourite yet affordable eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner today, all tried and tested, and under £10.

First things first, let it be known that there are things I balk at spending money on.  Shampoo and conditioner are two of them. There are four heads that need to be washed in my family. Pricey sustainable shampoo simply isn’t practical for my budget.

There are lots of lovely-sounding eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners out there. They’re all paraben and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) free, with natural and organic ingredients. The problem is the cost. I once got sent a press release for an organic shampoo. The cost? A whopping £45 for an average-sized bottle. For me, that would be a wildly extravagant luxury. I can’t even imagine spending that much money on shampoo.

Another time I got sent a sample of a very expensive shampoo. The instructions included a section on how you simply can’t use too much of their shampoo. Therefore you should keep adding more to your hair until you get the clean you desire. Yup, when a bottle of shampoo costs more than your weekly food shop then I think you can definitely use too much shampoo.

However, there are a few really good eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner brands out there. These won’t break the bank, ruin your hair or compromise your eco-credentials.  I thought I’d share my tried and tested relatively affordable eco-friendly favourites with you today.

The Best Affordable Eco-Friendly Shampoo and Conditioner Brands

Here are my favourite eco-friendly and sustainable haircare brands. I’ve selected my favourites based on performance and cost, but I’ve also considered the packaging too. Look out for brands that offer refill options, plastic-free options, and recycling options.

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Faith in Nature

faith in nature affordable shampoo and conditioner

I’m a fan of Faith in Nature range* of eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners, especially the Grapefruit and Orange shampoo* (£5.79 for 400 ml) and conditioner* (£5.79 for 400ml).  With a natural and refreshing citrus scent, it sorts out my fine slightly oily hair no end.   I also love the Lavender and Geranium scent. In fact, I’ve not found a scent in their range that I have disliked!

What’s to love is that all Faith in Nature products are free from parabens, artificial fragrances, petro-chemical based ingredients, SLES, and synthetic preservatives. They also contain naturally derived ingredients, no synthetic additives, and are free from animal testing.  On top of that, almost all Faith in Nature products are vegan-friendly too.

If you would rather skip the plastic bottle, Faith In Nature refill points are widely available across the UK. Here you can fill any of your own bottles, for zero-waste convenience.

The Beauty Kitchen Organic Shampoo

bottle of beauty kitchen organic shampoo

For some reason, my hair behaves best when I rotate which shampoo I use. So, at the moment I’m currently using the Beauty Kitchen’s eco-friendly range of shampoo.  My favourite is the Everyday Gentle Organic Shampoo* (£10 for 300ml). It doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it greasy after a day as some shampoos do. Allergy sufferers may also be interested to know that it’s fragrance-free.

This organic shampoo is full of gentle, all-natural, and sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients. And, what’s more, it’s approved as cruelty-free under the Leaping Bunny Programme.

Another big sustainable plus-point is that this eco-friendly shampoo comes in a plastic-free bottle. All metal, it’s fully recyclable.

Beauty Kitchen also sells an eco-friendly conditioner* (again £10 for 300ml), with similar values.

For an extra sustainable touch, once you are finished any empty Beauty Kitchen bottle can be returned to the Beauty Kitchen for them to wash and reuse. These can be returned via over 1,000 Holland & Barrett stores across the UK. If you don’t have a Holland & Barrett store near you, or if it’s not accessible to you, then you can also send back the metal bottles free of charge, via their Collect+ service. Again, this is only available in the UK.  

Alter/Native by Suma

Suma affordable eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner

Suma’s Alter/Native range of eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner* comes in at under £6 for a 400 ml bottle.

Suma’s range of effective but affordable shampoo and conditioner is certified vegan, and certified as cruelty-free under the Leaping Bunny independent certification programme. All of their products are made in the UK too, for a lower carbon footprint.

In terms of ingredients, Suma’s hair care proucts are made with natural essential oils and plant-based ingredients. What’s more, they are free from parabens and SLES.  To save plastic, you can also refill your bottle, or take any of your own empty bottles to refill at many Suma refill points across the country.

Weleda

I’m also a fan of the Weleda Calendula range.  The Calendula Shampoo and Bodywash* (£7.50 for 250ml) (which I reviewed here) is designed for babies. I’ve used this on my daughters since they were little and still love it now. However, quite often I pinch some and use it on my hair too! It has a rich consistency and lovely lather, and I find it leaves my hair really soft and shiny. It also has a delicate smell of calendula to it, that’s not overpowering.

Because this shampoo is specifically formulated for babies, then if your scalp or skin is sensitive to shampoo then this could be a good one to try. Do check the ingredients beforehand though, if you know there is a specific ingredient that you know you are allergic to.

This vegan-friendly shampoo is formulated with beneficial ingredients like extract of organic calendula. It’s also free from synthetic preservatives, fragrances, colourants, and raw materials derived from mineral oils. It’s also vegan-friendly.

What About Eco-Friendly Shampoo Bars?

I didn’t forget about shampoo bars. It’s just that shampoo bars can be a bit of a different beast to liquid shampoo. Some come with a transition period, some leave your hair waxy and some can dry your hair out. I’m therefore working on a guide to the best shampoo bars, that I will share with you shortly. Watch this space!

In terms of conditioning, I have a whole guide to plastic-free conditioner that you can check out.

Do you have a favourite affordable eco-friendly shampoo or conditioner?  I’d love to hear!

ps: It goes without saying that these genuinely are the products I use and love and buy out of my own money.  The internet can be funny sometimes about product recommendations, and it can be difficult to know what to trust, so I just wanted to point this out.