canadian company creates plastic-free toothpaste with zero-waste

canadian company creates plastic-free toothpaste with zero-waste

canadian company ‘change toothpaste’ has created a zero-waste, plastic-free toothpaste. founded by damien vince and mike medicoff, the canada-based duo designed a tablet that does without the typical tube containing 11 layers of plastics, polymers and resins.

canadian company creates zero-waste, plastic-free toothpaste

images courtesy of change toothpaste



although squeezable toothpaste tubes are made from plastic, they are difficult to recycle and it is unusual for them to be collected as part of recycling collection schemes. to overcome this, vince and medicoff have come up with a tablet design that users chew before brushing as normal. the plastic-free toothpaste contains mostly natural ingredients as well as some of the familiar elements found in traditional toothpaste like dicalcium phosphate and xylitol.


video by change toothpaste



change toothpaste is sold in compostable packaging with each bag containing 65 tablets. that’s two a day for a month as well as a little extra, and each bag costs CDN$9.95.

canadian company creates plastic-free toothpaste with zero-waste



starting off as a small home-based business selling at farmers’ markets and in online stores, the founders now want to expand. they have launched a campaign that has already exceeded its $10k goal and will go toward outfitting their lab to handle fluoride; that way they can offer a fluoridated version of the toothpaste tabs.



project info


company: change toothpaste
via: treehugger

  • This product contains Silicon Dioxide, a product whitener, which creates dioxin in it’s production.

    Also they are far from the first to market. First Lush Toothy Tabs and now a number of other brands have been making tooth paste tablets for years. This is just the first to use paper packaging, though others use metal tins (Lush toothy tabs come in plastic containers).

    And finally, good luck unless you live in Canada, as the most inexpensive shipping options is $20.

    D B says:
  • We have a similar product on the market for a year now in Germany – Denttabs.
    They come in a compostable packaging made from cornstarch and cost 5€ for 125 tablets.
    No plastic, no microplastic, no PEG.

    C M says:
  • zero waste, 100% renewable and ‘like totally carbon neutral’ are not really possible without violating things like 2nd law of thermodynamics. sustainability of any kind is an oxymoron in an environment with finite resources. the quicker people stop social anecdotes and start thinking empirically the better. recycling shopping bags but continuing the shopping does not take us anywhere different.

    alf tesco says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
504,183 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample
designboom magazine