Here are a few reasons why switching to a natural toothpaste is better for you an the environment:
1. Sodium lauryl sulfateThis is a foaming agent used in many products, like shampoo and toothpaste, because we associate clean with bubbles and foaming. It’s not a necessary part of cleaning your teeth (or your hair) and is linked to many health and environmental problems.
Do you avoid preservatives in your food? Well turns out they are in most of the products you buy as well, because companies want their products to have the longest shelf life possible.
Unless your toothpaste says that it doesn’t test on animals, it probably does. We have so many things on our mind that we often forget the small details that make a huge difference, this is a reminder that choosing products that don’t test on animals makes a huge difference to many many lives.
These tiny pieces of plastic are used as exfoliants or scrubbers in your toothpaste (and other cosmetics) and are made of polyethylene - the same material as plastic grocery bags. These can easily be ingested, and are hazardous to the oceans when they are washed down the drain.