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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. See my full guide to eco-friendly mouthwash for all of the details.

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.

Happier is priced at £7.99*, and can be bought on a repeat subscription.

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 zero waste

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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The Best Vegan Vitamins To Support Your Natural Health

If you are looking for the best vegan vitamins to support your health, then I’ve got your back. From the best vegan-friendly multivitamins that work. All the way through to vegan vitamin B12, vitamin D, omega 3 oil, and folic acid. Look out for plastic-free and zero-waste packaging on many of these brands.

Eating a balanced diet, with a healthy mix of fruit and vegetables and other important nutrients, is undoubtedly the best way to get all the vitamins and minerals you need.

A vegan diet can indeed be very healthy. However, your diet won’t automatically be healthier if you cut out meat and dairy. Like everyone, vegans need to make sure they:

  • eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day.
  • incorporate starchy carbohydrate, such as potatoes, bread, rice, or pasta.
  • add dairy alternatives, such as soya drinks and yoghurts.
  • eat some beans, pulses, and other proteins.
  • and choosing unsaturated oils and spreads, and eat them in small amounts.

Vegans particularly need to ensure they get enough calcium, iron, and vitamin B12 in their diet. However, sometimes we may need a bit of extra support. If you do need that bit of support getting the vitamins that you need as a vegan, then you may need to think about supplements. Your doctor will be able to advise you if you need to add supplements to your diet, and what those supplements should be.

Thankfully, it isn’t hard to find vegan supplements that help support your health without compromising your vegan ethics and values.

The Best Vegan Friendly Vitamins In 2022

Image of vitamin tablets lying on a wooden table with a blue text box that says the best vegan friendly vitamins to support your health.

I’ve rounded up some of my favourite vegan vitamins, covering a range of different deficiencies and concerns. And eco-friendly credentials are also important. Therefore, I’ve specifically looked for the brands that give back, or have considered their packaging. From the vitamins that come in glass jars with metal lids. To the vitamins that come in cardboard packing. To those that come in recycled ocean plastic containers or slimline packaging.

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Vegan Multivitamins

Vegums vegan multivitamins in cardboard container

For a good general vegan multi-vitamin that’s both plastic-free and zero-waste, then look no further than Vegums.

Their A to Z Vegan Multivitamin is a balanced multivitamin that gives you a blend of 10 vitamins and minerals. This includes B12 to support your metabolism and create healthy red blood cells, zinc to assist growth and development, and vitamin K to regulate bone metabolism and blood calcium levels.  These vitamins can help to help to fill in any nutritional gaps in your vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian regime.  

Created with all-natural colours and flavours, this sugar-free multivitamin comes in a delicious, tangy raspberry flavour that will appeal to adults and children alike.

As well as being sugar-free, you won’t find any palm oil or gluten either. What’s more, all Vegums products are certified vegan by The Vegan Society. As such, they only use only plant-derived ingredients, gelling agents, and colourings.

To take, simply chew two raspberry flavoured gummies each day with your main meal. Children aged 3 to 12 should chew one per day, again, with their main meal.

Buy Vegums A to Z Vegan Multivitamins from Planet Organic for £29.95* for 120 gummies.

Vegan Vitamin D

BetterYou vegan vitamin D daily oral spray

Vitamin D helps support a normal immune system, aids normal muscle function, and helps maintain normal bones and teeth. There may also be a link between vitamin D deficiency and depression and seasonal affective disorder.

If you need to supplement with vitamin D, then BetterYou’s D1000 Vegan Vitamin D oral spray is a convenient way to maintain your vitamin D levels without having to swallow any pills. Simply spray the peppermint flavoured solution in your mouth once each day – either underneath the tongue or on the inside of your cheek – for best absorption.

Conveniently, BetterYou’s Vegan Vitamin D spray does not have to be refrigerated or be taken with food or at a set time of day. You simply just have to find a time that fits best with your daily routine. I keep mine in my bathroom cabinet and take it after I have cleaned my teeth in the morning.

The 15ml bottle looks small, but it delivers 100 doses – giving you 25μg (1000 IU) of vitamin D per daily serving.

Whilst the bottle is made of plastic, it is made from recycled ocean plastic for a lower carbon footprint.

Buy BetterYou’s Vegan Vitamin D Spray from TheVeganKind for £10*.

Vegan Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep your body’s blood and nerve cells healthy. Maintaining adequate vitamin B12 levels also helps prevent anemia. This is a blood condition that can make people particularly tired and lethargic.

Maintaining adequate vitamin B12 levels can be hard as a vegan. In vegan diets, vitamin B12 is only found in foods fortified with vitamin B12. This includes some fortified plant-based milks, some soy products, and some breakfast cereals. Therefore, some vegans may find they need to supplement with vitamin B12 tablets.

If you find you need a vitamin B12 supplement, then for vegan vitamin B12 try Wild Nutrition.

Wild Nutrition Food Grown Vitamin B12 Plus has been expertly formulated to support the normal function of the immune system. It also helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. Each vegan capsule contains 500mcg of vitamin B12 and 100mg of organic beetroot powder. You might be wondering why beetroot? Well, beetroot also helps support your cardiovascular and blood health.

Conveniently, these vitamins come in a plastic-free jar, with a recyclable metal lid.

Buy Wild Nutrition’s Vegan Vitamin B12 from Naturisimo* or directly from Wild Nutrition* for £13.50 for 30 capsules.

Folic Acid

Solgar vegan folic acid

For people trying to conceive, or who are up to 12 weeks pregnant, then taking folic acid is recommended by many health professionals. This is because folic acid is known for supporting healthy maternal tissue growth during pregnancy.

Folic acid is found naturally in some foods, such as green leafy vegetables. Meanwhile, in 2021, the UK Government announced that it will introduce the mandatory fortification of non-wholemeal wheat flour with folic acid. That being said, it can still be hard to consume adequate levels of folic acid whilst you are trying to conceive or are in early pregnancy without a supplement.

Solgar’s vegan folic acid ensures you meet your daily nutritional needs during this time when your body is working extra hard. Simply take one tablet a day for all your folic acid needs. What’s more, it comes in an amber glass jar with a metal lid for easy plastic-free recycling.

Buy Solgar Folic Acid from Cult Beauty for £5.99* for 100 tablets.

Vegan Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Healthy Yet omega 3

In a vegan diet, Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in flaxseed (linseed) oil, rapeseed oil, soya oil, and soya-based foods, such as tofu and walnuts.

If you are struggling to incorporate those into your diet, then you may want to supplement with Omega-3 oil. Whilst Omega-3 oil is traditionally derived from fish, vegan versions are derived from algae. This means you can bypass the fish completely.

Healthy Yeti’s fish-free Omega-3 soft gel capsules, for example, are completely made in the UK and are packed full of vegan Omega-3 extracted and purified from plant-based algae that are grown in purified water. These provide 250mg DHA, as well 6.25mg of EHA (the main components of Omega-3) per daily dose. This can help to maintain healthy eyes, skin, heart, and brain.

What’s more, 1% of each purchase goes to preserving the UK’s marine ecosystems. The money helps restore native oyster reefs along the coast to ensure a healthy ecosystem of oysters, algae, and clean water. Healthy Yeti works with a grassroots charity so you know your money is supporting those on the frontlines of preservation efforts.

Healthy Yeti also sell a range of other vegan supplements, including supplements to help you sleep**, and apple cider vinegar gummies**.

All of Healthy Yeti’s supplements come in lightweight pouches which greatly reduces the use of plastics and energy expended during transportation. for low-impact vegan supplements.

To take, take one to two soft gels per day, with water, and with a meal. Children can take one soft gel.

Buy Healthy Yeti’s Fish-Free Omega-3 directly from Healthy Yeti, for £23.99** for 60 soft gels.

Vegan Calcium Supplements

Viridian vegan calcium with added vitamin D in an amber glass jar

If you need to supplement with calcium then Viridian’s vegan High Potency Calcium & Vitamin D is a good one to look at. Offering a combination of 400mg of calcium in three active forms, alongside 200IU vegan vitamin D3 that’s derived from lichen, it makes a great vegan choice.

As well as being vegan, these vitamins are also free from gluten, wheat, lactose, added sugar, salt, yeast, preservatives, and artificial colourings.  The vitamins are also cruelty-free, and not tested on animals.

What’s to additionally love about Viridian is that a percentage of their profits to go children’s and environmental charities. So far, the Viridian Nutrition Charity Donation programme has donated £390,000+ to charities. These include Friends of the Earth, NSPCC, Woodland Trust, UNICEF, The Princes Trust, RSPB, Terrence Higgins Trust, Shelter, Save the Children, and more.

What’s more, Viridian uses minimum packaging for their products. This packaging is made from recycled or recyclable materials – from glass vitamin bottles to recycled cardboard shipping boxes. Viridian also operate their own deposit return scheme, offering a 25p refund for when glass vitamin bottles are returned.

Buy Viridian’s High-Potency Calcium and Vitamin D3 Capsules from Naturisimo for £26.90* for 60 capsules.

What About Iron Supplements?

Many vegans can get all the iron they need from their diet, or by supplementing their diet with a general multivitamin.

As someone who developed pregnancy-related anemia in my two pregnancies, and had to take iron supplements both times, I would say only supplement with additional iron if you are recommended to by your doctor. I did not find iron supplements a pleasant experience – they can have some disagreeable side effects.

If you develop signs of anemia, it’s first best to book an appointment with your GP to get your blood tested.

You can also try boosting your diet with iron-rich foods, such as dark green leafy vegetables, peas, beans, dried fruits, nuts, and seeds. Iron-fortified foods, such as fortified cereals, bread, and some plant milk, can also help boost iron. You should also avoid drinking tea or coffee at mealtimes, as this can limit the amount of iron your body absorbs from boost. Meanwhile, drinking a glass of orange juice, or eating a citrus fruit after each meal can help boost iron absorption. However, do also make sure you see your GP.