The main environmental issue associated with oral care is the overuse of non-recyclable plastic. We've put together a list of plastic-free alternatives available and other tips to be kinder to the planet.


The majority of plastic toothbrushes are non-recyclable. Bamboo toothbrushes are a great alternative as they biodegrade and therefore don't cause as much long-term harm to the Earth.

You could give your toothbrush a second life and reuse it for household cleaning. They are great for getting in nooks and crannies! 

If you prefer to use a plastic toothbrush then disposing of it responsibly is important. Local council recycling schemes don't accept toothbrushes. TerraCycle provide a free recycling program in the UK which includes plastic toothbrushes. This is much better than plastic toothbrushes going to landfill as some of the material could be recycled into something else.

If you prefer electric toothbrushes and are in need of new one, Georganics sell one with plastic-free packaging. Not only that, they also offer a Zero To Landfill scheme which allows you to recycle the used heads for free.

If you use an electric toothbrush a great way to be kinder to the planet is making sure you are with a green energy supplier. This means that when you charge your toothbrush you won't be contributing to climate change.


Standard toothpaste containers generally aren't accepted by council recycling schemes. There are plenty of plastic-free toothpaste options available; from refillable jars of toothpaste tablets to paste which come in glass jars.

If you prefer to use toothpaste in a plastic tube you could check your local recycling information to see if the packaging is accepted. If it isn't, TerraCycle provide a free oral care products recycling program.


Switching to plastic-free mouthwash alternatives such as mouthwash tablets or oil pulling mouthwash is a great way to reduce unnecessary plastic waste. These come in recyclable glass and metal jars.


As many as 700 million plastic floss containers are discarded each year! Click here for eco-friendly alternatives.


It's now easy to refuse plastic straws but still keep your teeth protected from sugary drinks. Reusable straws are available in the form of metal, glass or bamboo. Switching to these is much better for the environment than using plastic and even paper straws if you use them often.

Click here for a range of bamboo toothbrush travel cases for those who are on the move.  These are much better then the plastic alternatives as they are biodegradable whilst still just as durable.

There are a variety of biodegradable toothbrush holders available instead of plastic options. Glass cups can also make for nice toothbrush storage.