Bite Bits to Reduce Plastic


Teresa Madaleno

More than one billion plastic toothpaste tubes are tossed in the garbage each year and many of them contain harsh residues from chemicals. Since good hygiene dictates that we should be brushing our teeth, what can we do?

A quick search online and you will likely find some home recipes for toothpaste but making your own can be messy and many concoctions just don’t taste very good. There are some company’s that have tried eliminating the traditional toothpaste tube and box but have struggled to come up with ingredients that work well together and taste fresh. Bite is one company that seems be making some headway. Bite makes bits – toothpaste bits, that is.
Bite Bits come in a small glass jar that looks a little like a baby food container. They are in fact vegan tablets. When you bite down on them, they foam up and turn into toothpaste. While as far as I know, they only come in Mint, they seem to get the job done without being too offensive – unless of course mint is not your flavour.

If you were to order Bite Bits through the company website, you would receive them in a plain padded paper envelope with paper tape and no plastic. Since glass can be heavy to ship and therefore requires more fuel, the founder of Bite has offered a subscription process. This includes a glass jar filled with 4 months worth of tablets and then in subsequent months you receive a compostable refill pack that you can pour into your Bite Bits jar.

To deal with the chemical residue, Bite has come up with a toothpaste formulation that includes organic mint flavour, Xylitol, Erythritol, Kaolin, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, and Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, which creates the foaming action, but is said to be less irritating than most other foaming ingredients.
For some people, the idea of having to chew a tablet before brushing their teeth is odd, others have said the new paste makes brushing fun. We aren’t suggesting you make the switch to Bite Bits, but what we do want to emphasize is that this is yet another example of how a little creativity can take another little bite out of the waste problem.