Cutting the Waste of Toothpaste Tubes

Toothpaste Tabs Help Reduce Waste and Promote Sustainability

In today’s throw-away society, the idea of no more toothpaste tubes in landfills is a refreshing idea! Many companies have come up with a product called toothpaste tabs that have a zero waste packaging system.

In the United States alone it is estimated that over 400 million plastic toothpaste tubes are thrown away into our landfill garbage systems. And 1.5 billion worldwide! The product comes in a reusable glass jar with a metal lid to store your toothpaste tabs, and refills come in fully compostable non-GMO cron starch/plant material bags, cutting the landfill waste and helping our planet.

Toothpaste that is Natural for You and Good for the Environment

Most of the companies creating toothpaste tabs have goals that are aligned to use the least amount of chemical ingredients as possible, contain no preservatives, are vegan, gluten free, non-GMO, sulfates free, paragons free, cruelty free and many fluoride free, providing a very natural toothpaste. That being said, most of the tabs do contain sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and xylitol (repels cavity-causing bacteria and is naturally sweet). A potential negative… baking soda can be abrasive to your teeth, however, it also helps neutralize the pH in your mouth acting as a great buffering agent and helps in creating an anti-cavity environment.

How do Toothpaste Tabs Work?

Wondering how break the tube habit and use these little tabs? All you have to do is crush, brush and smile! Toothpaste tabs are made to activate in the presence of moisture (your saliva), you simply place a tab in your mouth, bite down and chew slightly, wet your soft bristle tooth brush and brush away, rinse and spit when finished and voila, a clean, fresh mouth that is kiss worthy!

Some getting used to. Since many of the companies do not use chemical foaming agents, these tabs do not froth/foam like traditional toothpastes, however, it can make brushing your teeth a little easier and keeps your breath fresh longer.

So let’s do our part from a dental perspective, and minimize our landfill waste! Happy brushing from Floss Dental Boutique.

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