Four ways to switch towards a more sustainable dental routine

Updated: Jun 3

You may have already considered more sustainable options with the food you eat or the clothes you wear, but have you ever thought about oral hygiene? The average person gets through 300 plastic toothbrushes in a lifetime. This means billions end up in landfill every year, not to mention the toxic chemicals used in most conventional dental products. The good news is that there is a world of eco-friendly alternatives, from toothpaste to dental floss, so we can all begin to make better bathroom choices.

1. Bamboo Toothbrushes

Regular toothbrushes are made from polypropylene plastic and nylon bristles, which are both sourced from non-renewable fossil fuels. After use, they often end up in the oceans, causing harmful plastic pollution. You can easily avoid this by choosing a biodegradable toothbrush, often made from bamboo.

Why bamboo?

  • Bamboo is technically a grass, so it regrows after harvesting. In fact, it’s the fastest growing plant in the world! It is a sustainable alternative to wood as it means no trees have to be cut down.

  • It’s really strong and durable, guaranteed to last much longer than your regular plastic toothbrush.

  • Dentists recommend we all change our toothbrushes every few months. At the end of its life, you can easily compost the bamboo handle. Or, you could reuse it as a stake in the garden! Here are some more ways to reuse your toothbrush.

What we stock

  • At The Refill Pantry, we sell Green & Mango’s medium toothbrushes in 4 colours for adults and kids, as well as firm and soft options for adult toothbrushes, by Georganics.

  • We also stock recyclable toothbrush heads by Live Coco, compatible with Oral B electric toothbrushes, enabling you to make more sustainable choices with electric brushing.

2. Toothpaste and Tooth Tablets

What’s the problem with commercial toothpastes?