Ever since Lush reverted to packaging its Toothy Tabs toothpaste tablets in plastic containers instead of compostable cardboard boxes, I’ve been brushing my teeth with plain baking soda mixed with essential oils. (I pour a bit in the palm of my hand and run my wet toothbrush through it.) This method is fine, and cheap, but I missed the convenience of the tablets, especially while traveling.
Finally — well, okay, I may be a few months late to this party — finally for me, there’s a replacement for Lush Toothy Tabs that doesn’t come in a plastic container and is actually BETTER than the Lush product I used to love! (Bite sent me two bottles to review.)
What are toothpaste bits?
Bite toothpaste bits are little vegan tablets stored in a glass bottle that foam up and quickly become toothpaste when you chew them. Right now, there are only two varieties: Naturally Whitening Mint and Fresh Mint with Activated Charcoal. So, yeah, if you don’t like mint, you’re out of luck for now. But I gotta say, when I popped these tablets in my mouth, I got a burst of flavor that took me by surprise! Super minty fresh goodness — so much better tasting and feeling than the Lush variety.
And I’m happy about the ingredients:
- Organic mint flavor
- Kaolin clay
- Dicalcium Phosphate
- Sodium Bicarbonate (but not enough to leave a salty taste)
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate (This creates the foam and is supposedly safer and less irritating than SLS)
- Activated Charcoal (only in the charcoal version.)
What about the packaging?
According to Bite’s website, the mission of the company is to end plastic waste.
Accordingly, they shipped my bits in a plain padded paper envelope with paper tape and no plastic.
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So, what about shipping all that glass? Glass is heavier than plastic, so it requires more fuel to ship — one of the arguments that the plastics industry likes to make to advocate for the eco-friendliness of its product. Bite has addressed that concern by offering a subscription model. Your first order comes in a reusable glass bottle with metal lid. Similar to Dental Lace refillable dental floss, all future refills come in lighter weight marine-degradable, compostable packaging.
But don’t expect to get your bits over night. Unlike Amazon, which offers super fast, next day shipping, Bite has calculated the climate impact of various modes of shopping (driving to a brick and mortar store vs. buying online with standard shipping vs. buying online with expedited shipping) and come to the conclusion that faster shipping means less consolidation of deliveries and therefore, more fuel use. So, Bite simply doesn’t offer 2-day shipping.
We all just need to slow down anyway.