I stopped using toothpaste!

I stopped using toothpaste, and I’ll bet your reaction is “ew!” Amiright? Let me clear this up quickly: I stopped using toothpaste, but I am still brushing my teeth. Whew! Instead of toothpaste as we know it (in the tube), I now use toothpaste bits. They look like little mints–how fun is that?

Why? Because over one billion (yes, with a B) plastic toothpaste tubes end up in landfills and oceans each year. That is why I stopped using toothpaste as we know it.

Plastics are filling our landfills and oceans and are killing our marine life. An article by the National Resources Defense Council titled Single Use Plastics 101 states “…recent studies found plastic in the guts of 90 percent of the seabirds tested and 100 percent of the turtles. Alarmingly, scientists estimate that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by weight in 2050.” Well that’s horrible.

But we can do things now to help turn the tide, so to speak.

The company, Bite, was featured on Shark Tank and it piqued my interest, so I googled, read, and HAD to try it. My first order was a small bottle of Bite Bits, a one month supply juuust in case it was junk. Pfft! I liked the Bits so much that I ordered the large jar and signed up for auto-ship! That’s right, they are going to mail me a four-month supply every four months…in a compostable refill pouch so I can re-use the glass jar. Swoon!

The Bits are little pellet-shaped minty things, and you use one per brushing. The instructions say to bite in half and brush, but that’s not how it actually works. I chew the Bit into small crumbles and then brush. It makes it much easier to suds up in your mouth. Speaking of which, it took a minute to get used to the fact that it’s not quite as thick or sudsy as toothpaste from a tube. But after a few days it was the norm and my teeth look and feel totally clean. For those of you into the charcoal thing, they offer that option also.

The price for the large jar is $30 ($7.50 per month) which is so worth it to me. Delivered to your mailbox, minty fresh, no plastic, and you’re helping to save the planet. What is not to love about this? Seriously.

Your last reservation is the energy used in the shipping process, right? There is a little note in the box that reads “This package was shipped with a lower carbon footprint than driving to the store to pick up a plastic tube.” Read more about that here. It’s actually quite interesting. And if you’re looking for a sleek vibrating toothbrush, check out this post about quip. I’m all about the dentals lately!

So there you have it–one thing you can do to help reduce the amount of plastic being put into the world. This is not an ad, I do not have a coupon code, nor am I an affiliate. I’m genuinely excited about doing something to save the planet and having minty clean teeth!