Toothpaste is an indispensable item in your daily dental care. You use it at least once a day, usually twice a day to brush your teeth. However, did you know that billions of toothpaste tubes are sent to the landfills each year? This causes severe damage to the environment. In addition, the ingredients used to make the paste might also be problematic.
You may be wondering about the impact that toothpastes have on our planet. You can end your search here because that is what we'll be talking about in this blogpost.
1. Chemicals in Toothpaste
The substances in the pastes are probably good for our teeth. However, these chemicals produce negative effects on the environment. They can be either hydrophilic, lipophilic or amphiphilic, which cause small emissions in a short period of time. But imagine if more than 7 billion people discharge them at the same time, this might lead to disastrous consequences.
The chemicals are usually spit down the drain which results in them leaking into different types of bodies of water, causing water pollution and making a severe impact on the marine ecosystem.
2. Toothpaste Tube
Besides this, toothpaste tubes are generally made from sheets of plastic laminate. The sheets are often put around a thin layer of aluminum that helps to protect the toothpaste’s flavor and fluoride. The mix of materials are pressed together into a single film, making it difficult to recycle through conventional methods. Therefore, they are very harmful to the environment. They usually end up in landfills and oceans, taking hundreds of years to decompose.
In conclusion, if you care about the planet toothpaste should be one of your concerns. An alternative to conventional toothpaste is making your own toothpaste. This is a nice way to reduce the consumption of plastic while also being in control of what goes in the paste. This result in a much more natural toothpaste that is also good for the environment and your health.
On the other hand, if you don't have time, you can try to find sustainable options with tube-free toothpastes. Solid toothpaste is one of the eco- friendly products that you can consider.
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