40 Plastic-free Toothbrushes* & Sustainable Dental Care Products for a Zero-Waste Bathroom

Plastic-free toothbrushes make for a cleaner planet and a prettier bathroom.
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Oral hygiene products are the source of a lot of plastic waste in the bathroom and yet something we need to use every day. Fortunately, there are a lot of options for more sustainable dental care items – plastic-free toothbrushes, toothpastes, and even flosses. If you replace your plastic toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes when they’re finished with some of these plastic-free products*, you’ll be able to make your tooth-brushing time a lot more eco-friendly. 

*These are not imperfect options…

In fact, plastic-free is a bit of a misnomer, despite many brands claiming it of their product. As Bite explains in a video on their site, there are currently no toothbrushes on the market with plastic-free AND vegan bristles. Every toothbrush has either animal hair bristles or plastic (usually nylon) bristles, the latter of which are obviously not compostable.

https://myplasticfreelife.com/2015/12/the-truth-about-your-biodegradable-bamboo-toothbrush/

Alas, we must brush our teeth and thus settle for either plastic-based bristles or animal product toothbrushes.

Most of the products on this list are vegan, but there are a few compostable silk-flosses I’ve included alongside a few brands’ plastic-free & vegan products. I’ve indicated each vegan item with a (v).

Check Etsy first for local vendors in your area if these stores are not nearby. Keep an eye out for vendors at farmers markets and co-ops too – you’ll likely find options there where you won’t need a toothbrush shipped separately. 

The best eco-friendly move we can make is usually to reduce, then reuse, and then recycle. So if you have a stock of plastic toothbrushes at home already, use those first before ordering more and consider some of these nifty uses for old toothbrushes.

Finally, most of the plastic-free toothbrush options below are compostable, and many of the oral care products offer plastic refill packets to keep the green going. It’s a small switch to make but it can save millions of toothbrushes from the landfill if we all used a plastic-free toothbrush just once this year.

American-Based Plastic-Free Toothbrush Companies

Bite – California, USA

Cute packaging and a website with a super clear and thoughtful sustainability policy. We love to see it.

toothpaste tabs (v): 

$12 for one, $20 for two, $30 for four month supply  |  Mint charcoal, and mint flavors 

bamboo toothbrush (v):

$12  |  Working on a send-back program for the toothbrush bristles & heads. Detachable head.

MamaP Life – USA, various

Toothbrushes for a cause. 10% of sales go toward products with a matching cause like mental health or ocean conservation.

Bamboo toothbrush (v):

$30 for 5, $12 for 1 plus cute graphic printed carry bag

Package Free Shop – New York, USA

Package Free Shop curates eco-friendly products from lots of vendors. The bamboo toothbrush is a personal fave with a super minimalistic, clean design.

Bamboo toothbrush (v):

$4.49

Dental Lace Floss (v):

$11.99 | 2 spools

Dental Lace Floss Refill (v):

$9.99

Compostable Silk Floss:

$7

Well Earth Goods – Oregon, USA

100% recyclable, plastic-free packaging. Plus they know what they’re doing on instagram!

https://www.instagram.com/p/B6q17Uqp0C8/

bamboo toothbrush (v):

$7

bamboo toothbrush case (v):

$19.50

zero-waste toothpaste tablets (v):

$14/two month supply, $12.50 for subscription

Tooth powder (v):

$24

zero-waste silk floss:

$11

floss double refills:

$14

Plastic-Free Toothbrushes Around the World

Kooler Things – Worldwide

This is the toothbrush I’m currently using. My first one had a sudden issue where the bristles fell out, about two weeks after using it. The other two I’ve used have been great though and I love the look and feel of brushing.

Charcoal bamboo toothbrush (v): 

$9.99  | pack of 8 on Amazon

Sustainable Corner – Worldwide

Curating a marketplace of sustainable goods make from eco-friendly manufacturers.

bamboo toothbrush (v):

$13.65

bamboo toothbrush case (v):

$11

LUSH – Worldwide

100% recycled and recyclable packaging. 

Toothpaste tabs (v):

$10.95/bottle  |   Boom, dirty, miles of smiles, and limelight flavors. 

Mouthwash tabs (v):

$9.95/bottle  |  Pangalactic gargle blaster and Crème de menthe flavors.

The Humble Co – Worldwide

Playful bristle color options that bring a pleasant twist to the basic bamboo designs.

Toothbrush (v):

$15.96, set of 4

Toothpaste (v):

$8.98, set of 2  |  charcoal, mint, cinnamon, strawberry, ginger, and coconut flavors

PureSophy – Hjoerring, Denmark

Multiple options for bristle hardness, and a sleek toothbrush design all the way around.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B5yEUc2nOf1/

bamboo toothbrush (v):

$4.95

bamboo toothbrush case (v):

$11

silk dental floss:

$6

Nelson’s Naturals – British Colombia, Canada

Glass bottles, and plastic-free, vegan toothpastes.

Crush & brush toothpaste tablets (v):

$13.99/bottle (80 tablets)  |  Mint charcoal and mint flavors:

toothpaste jars (v):

$9.99 for 60 ml jar.  |  Citrus spice, cinnamon, fennel, forest fresh, and spearmint flavors.

BKind – Montreal, Canada

Lovely affordable toothbrushes with a black-bottomed handle with the reminder to BKind.

Bamboo toothbrush (v):

5.95 CAD

Dirty Hippie Cosmetics – Hall, Australia

Best-selling zero-waste store on Etsy with a wide range of beauty products.

Tooth Powder (v):

$10.68, $8.55 | refills (Peppermint Rose, Peppermint, Cinnamon Bun)

Biome – Australia

All products are palm oil free.

Eco Floss (v):

$6.95 | Plastic free packaging, biodegradable floss, refills available.

Bamboo toothbrush (v):

$4.95

Toothpaste powder (v):

$12.95/50g | various flavors

Battle Green – Northern Wales, U.K.

Zero waste, eco-friendly and vegan products.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BySzPbPnWZ8/

bamboo toothbrush (v): 

$6.09

bamboo travel case (v)

$10.88

remineralizing tooth powder (v):

$10.47

refill on tooth powder (v):

$9.10

Save Some Green – Wiltshire, U.K.

Plastic-free company – more of these please!

Bamboo toothbrush (v):

$2.72

Bamboo toothbrush case (v):

$7

Dental Floss (v):

$5.45 to $8.16

Plastic Free Floss:

$5.45 to $8.16

Tooth Tabs Refill (v):

$2.72 for 62 tabs

Tooth Tabs w/Tin (v):

$3.50 for 62 tabs, $15.25 for 6 month supply

Thanks for reading!

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