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Canadian entrepreneurs invent sustainable toothpaste tablets

Change Toothpaste - Mike Medicoff and Damien Vince

Toothpaste tablets developed by Canadian sustainable entrepreneurs, Mike Medicoff and Damien Vince, are a prime example of how small changes in the home can have a significant impact on global waste. These innovative toothpaste tablets eliminate waste and the pesky toothpaste clumps that often clutter our sinks. This design addresses the staggering 900 million toothpaste tubes that end up in landfills worldwide every year.

Medicoff and Vince drew inspiration from Medicoff’s determined 16-year-old daughter, who aimed to make their family home zero-waste. This drive led the duo to collaborate and seek input from various dentists and medical professionals to ensure the safety of all ingredients for both adults and children. Months of trials ensued, during which over a hundred different testing formulas were created. The final product’s ingredients reflect this meticulous process, prioritizing functionality and superior taste. Sustainable components such as silicon dioxide, derived from the Earth’s crust, and making up 95% of the planet’s rocks, prevent clumping in the toothpaste and serve as a manufacturing lubricant. Additionally, Xylitol, a sugar alcohol commonly extracted from birch wood, adds a delightful sweetness to the tablet, offering a refreshing taste that lingers throughout the day.

While toothpaste tubes may seem like mundane household items, traditional tubes are constructed from multiple layers of plastic, polymers, and resins that take 500 years to decompose. This means that every toothpaste tube ever disposed of is still decomposing in a landfill today. Fortunately, these tablets are packaged in compostable materials, with the option for consumers to purchase a recyclable bamboo toothbrush alongside their order. Change Toothpaste stands out for its simplicity: the tablets are placed between the back teeth, gently bitten, and then brushed with a wet toothbrush. The dry tablet, when met with water, foams up, making it easy to wash down the sink.

By making conscious household choices, we can promote a healthy body and a sustainable planet. This ingenious product exemplifies how seemingly small purchases can yield long-term benefits.

Available in a range of flavors such as spearmint, cinnamon, and bubblegum, these tablets cost $9.95 (6.41 EUR) per bag, providing a single user with enough tablets for a month. They are suitable for vegans and free from fluoride, gluten, dairy, nuts, and soy. Change is also in the process of developing a fluoride toothpaste tablet version.

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Change Toothpaste

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