3 ways to Green Your Toothpaste
With a seemingly endless variety of oral hygiene products vying for your dollar—tartar control, plaque fighting, whitening, extra-whitening—shopping for toothpaste can be overwhelming. Add to those considerations a desire to make the eco-friendly purchase, and you may think you'll never be able to choose a toothpaste again. Let GreenYour help ease the decision: the number one way to green your toothpaste (and protect your own health at the same time) is to limit the amount of synthetic and chemical whiteners, sweeteners, dyes, and cleansing agents in your paste. You can do this by buying natural varieties, or by making your own toothpaste at home. Then, up your impact by choosing a toothpaste that comes in recyclable packaging and those that come with as little packaging as possible.
Many toothpastes include potentially carcinogenic chemicals, such as parabens, and a variety of synthetic sweeteners and chemical additives. Brushing with natural toothpastes and powders is healthier for you and the environment.
Use ingredients you already have at home to make your own toothpaste. You'll keep the synthetic chemicals in conventional toothpastes out of the environment and reduce packaging waste at the same time.
Aluminum tubes with the plastic caps cut off, as well as plastic toothpaste dispensers, can be recycled alongside your other recyclables. Check with your local recycling program to be sure they accept them and never send another toothpaste tube to the landfill again.