Why Choose a Plastic Free Toothpaste?
Our oceans and landfill are being overrun with plastic. Although it is possible to recycle your plastic toothpaste container, 99% of people don’t or won’t. Why? Saving your tubes and sending them off to be recycled is not a practical solution. We have become so accustomed to throwing our plastic waste away — or adding it to a recycling bin. These are our common habits, and it’s hard to break a habit. Plastics are not a material that can be recycled indefinitely, unlike aluminum or glass. Plastics are typically recycled a total of 7 to 9 times, and often a virgin plastic is added during the recycling process.
The alternative? By using a plastic free solution, such as a toothpaste that comes in a glass jar, you’re stopping single use plastics at the source. You’ll be preventing them from ending up in landfill, the ocean or in the recycling stream.
Many DIY blogs show before and after results from brushing with an Activated Charcoal toothpaste. After using an activated charcoal paste the teeth display a whiter enamel. It’s believed the chemical properties of activated charcoal absorb plaque and other teeth-staining compounds by binding the toxins to the charcoal, resulting in a whiter, brighter smile.
Along with the whitening of teeth, activated charcoal is used to fight odours and bad breath. Queensland based company Noosa Basics uses Activated Charcoal in their Vegan Bamboo Dental Floss. This floss is packaged Plastic Free in a cardboard box, the dental floss is a combination of bamboo and nylon. Many Bamboo Toothbrushes also use an Activated Charcoal Bristle, also aimed at whitening the enamel. Woohoo deodorant paste have also added Activated Charcoal to their Mellow Sensitive Deodorant Paste, the activated charcoal has been added to keep your pits dry while also adsorbing body odour.
How do you use plastic free toothpaste?
Using plastic free toothpaste is a slightly different procedure than using your standard tubed version. The key: dip, brush, rinse and smile! The best way to use Nelson Naturals toothpaste is to simple dip your brush into the jar — unlike your standard toothpaste, you don’t need to apply as much to the brush. A little goes a long way! If the thought of putting your brush back into the jar is unappealing, you can also use a wooden applicator to dip and spread.
Be sure to place the metal lid back on the glass jar to prevent the toothpaste from drying out.
Concerned about germs?
You may be thinking “if I continue to dip the brush into the jar, won’t that spread germs?” This is a great question. And the answer is no. Nelson Naturals unique Colloidal Silver formula kills germs. If you’re still not convinced you can always use a wooden applicator to dip and spread.