Why toothpaste tubes are never recycled

Why none of the Toothpaste tubes we have ever used has ever been recycled?

Toothpaste tubes which are found in almost everyone’s house today were first introduced in the late 1800s. Giving consumers a better alternative to brush their teeth and maintain their oral hygiene with convenience to carry the toothpaste around anywhere and everywhere. Little did we know during the start of the 20th century that this household item would become a huge plastic waste problem in coming years.

From the early 1800s till today, this essential household item ends up in the landfills or our precious oceans and never gets recycled. Here we try to understand the reasons why toothpaste tubes are not easily recycled, the global impact of toothpaste tube waste, the growing issue of plastic pollution in the ocean, and potential alternatives such as toothpaste tablets that offer a more sustainable solution.

Almost all Toothpaste tubes pose challenges to the recycling process due to their composition and design. Most toothpaste tubes are made from a combination of multiple layers of plastic and aluminium layer, creating a laminated structure that is difficult to separate and recycle. The fusion of these materials ensures product freshness but complicates the recycling process. Plus when discarded, it has a considerable amount of sticky paste left in it, which usually is a difficult task to clean before it may be separated. The cleaning process of sticky paste and multi-layered construction makes the process very expensive and time consuming and hence toothpaste tubes are simply dumped into our landfills or our precious oceans.

Due to this inability the volume of toothpaste tubes discarded each year is staggering. It is estimated that 1.5 billion toothpaste tubes are thrown away annually worldwide. A simple calculation to understand waste generated by toothpaste tubes over the last 10 years comes to around staggering 15 billion ( 15,000,000,000 ) toothpaste tubes. It's disheartening to imagine the number of toothpaste tubes that have accumulated in landfills or our precious oceans over the past 100 years.

The improper disposal of toothpaste tubes and other plastic waste has contributed to the growing problem of plastic pollution in our oceans. Plastic debris harms marine life, contaminates ecosystems, and poses risks to human health. Toothpaste tubes, if not properly disposed of, can end up in rivers and eventually make their way to the ocean, adding to the plastic pollution crisis. This highlights the urgency of finding sustainable alternatives and reducing our reliance on single-use plastics.

One promising solution to address the issue of toothpaste tube waste is the use of toothpaste tablets. Introducing our Toothpaste tablets, made with 15 highly effective Ayurvedic herbs, which are easy to use, easy to carry and eliminates the need for plastic tubes. Our toothpaste tablets come in a Tin container which is reusable, refillable and are 100% recyclable. We provide refills for our returning customers who like to live more sustainably and maintain their oral hygiene without harming the environment.

Our first product - All in one tooth tabs, offer several advantages over traditional toothpaste tubes. Firstly, they minimise plastic waste by eliminating the need for tubes. Secondly, they only contain natural herbs and minerals which are completely safe and non toxic. Thirdly, they are travel-friendly and reduce the risk of messy spills during transportation, promoting sustainable oral care practices. Lastly, toothpaste tablets encourage mindful consumption, as anyone can easily control the amount of toothpaste they use with each tablet.

The lack of recycling options for toothpaste tubes contributes to the global waste problem and plastic pollution in the oceans. Embracing sustainable alternatives like toothpaste tablets can significantly reduce plastic waste and promote responsible oral care practices. By making small changes in our daily routines, we can collectively contribute to a cleaner and healthier planet.

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