My Zero Waste Dental Care Routine

This post was possible because Humble Brush were kind enough to send me some of their product.  However, I do use, believe in, and love their toothbrushes!

Humble brush bamboo toothbrush

When I first decided that I wanted to start working towards zero waste, one of the first things I did was to swap my plastic toothbrush for a natural, compostable, biodegradable bamboo toothbrush.  An easy swap, and I don't think anyone will argue that bamboo toothbrushes are just better looking than their plastic counterparts.  Double win. 

Bamboo Toothbrush and Bentonite Clay Based Toothpaste

Choosing A Bamboo Toothbrush Brand

There are a lot of bamboo toothbrushes out there, and now that I'm living in the U.K., I wanted to find a brand that's based in this part of the world.  Humble Brush, which is based in Sweden, was just what I was looking for, and turned out to have even more reasons to buy than I anticipated.

Reasons to love Humble Brush:

  • The handle is made from bamboo, which as we know is a highly sustainable and biodegradable material.
  • The nylon bristles are BPA-free.  Though you do have to trash the bristles, they will hold up for three months with regular brushing.
  • The box and inside wrapper are compostable
  • Humble Brush gives back: a portion of sales go to fund the Humble Smile Foundation, which delivers preventive oral care around the globe to communities in need.  
  • There is an array of fun bristle colors to choose from.
  • The kids' brush is really freaking cute. 
Seriously how cute is the kids' brush?!

Seriously how cute is the kids' brush?!



Finding the Right Toothpaste

Early on in my journey to zero waste, I started looking into natural alternatives to traditional drugstore toothpaste which, in addition to having a load of questionable ingredients, is invariably packaged in plastic.  I experimented with making my own, using the ever-popular coconut oil, bicarb, and peppermint oil recipe, and just couldn't stand the taste and texture of it.  After a lot of research, I managed to find David's toothpaste in the U.S., which is made of natural ingredients and is packaged in a recyclable metal tube (and isn't disgusting). 

David's was a great option when I was living in the U.S., but now that I'm living in the U.K., I wanted to find a locally made toothpaste the fits the same criteria: natural, not gross, and packaged in a recyclable (non-plastic) container.  After some Google searching, I stumbled upon Truthpaste, a natural brand that's made here in the U.K, and managed to track down a jar at Unicorn Grocery, an eco-friendly market in South Manchester.   

Reasons to love Truthpaste:

  • All ingredients are natural, vegan, and cruelty free.
  • It does not contain fluoride, glycerine, triclosan, foaming agents, colorants, emulsifiers, or preservatives - basically none of the naughty ingredients you find in conventional toothpaste. 
  • The taste is minty fresh - it does take some time to get used to the slightly bitter first bite of the bentonite clay, but the wintergreen flavor prevails and leaves your mouth feeling squeaky clean. 
  • It comes in a glass jar, which is 100% recyclable. 


Bamboo toothbrush and clay based toothpaste
oh hey!  didn't see you there. 

oh hey!  didn't see you there. 

What is your dental routine?  Have you made toothbrush or toothpaste swaps yet?  Would love to hear from you!


Zero waste dental care