We've posted about plastic-free tooth-care alternatives before, but there's a new player with Aussie-made products that we want to shout about.
Eko Tooth Tabs hit the Australian market (and our Gram shelves) in November last year with their locally-made, plastic-free oral hygiene products.
If you're not familiar with tooth tabs they're a toothpaste alternative that comes in the form of a soft chewable tablet. Pop one in your mouth, crush it up and with a wet toothbrush, it turns into toothpaste.
Tooth tabs aren't entirely new, they've been around for a few years. But until now, they've all come to us shipped from Europe. Now, we can all be both plastic-free and sustainable when taking care of our teeth.
If you haven't considered how much waste is produced from our daily 4 minute routine, here's what it looks like over a year in Australia:
- 70 million toothpaste tubes end up in landfills and oceans
- 30 million plastic toothbrushes join them
- 750,000 litres of harmful chemicals are leached into our waterways to harm our native flora and fauna
EKO Tooth Tabs founder Chelsea Ovijach says, 'Lots of people think you have to be some kind of eco-warrior to have an impact - but the truth is, making small changes to your daily routine adds up over time. If you do nothing but switch up your oral care routine, you still contribute to saving tonnes of plastic waste from ending up in our oceans and landfills. ...The people who make the biggest difference are the ones who do little things, consistently.'
Like at Gram, Chelsea identified that the reason many people are hesitant to make sustainable changes is because there are so many barriers in the way. Products that are marketed as eco-friendly can often be ridiculously overpriced, inconvenient or hard to implement. But if you make it easy, people will change.
The EKO Tooth Tab range includes bamboo toothbrushes with replaceable heads, refillable waxed silk dental floss and metal tongue scrapers. All plastic-free and all available at Gram.