Colgate has launched a new toothpaste which it claims is the first of its kind because it is vegan-certified and comes in a recyclable tube.
Up until now, toothpaste tubes have been difficult to recycle because they are made from a combination of plastic and aluminium.
Meanwhile, most toothpastes cannot be classified as vegan-friendly because they contain glycerin made from animal fat.
However, Colgate’s new Smile for Good toothpaste, comes in a tube made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) – the same plastic used for milk containers – and has been certified by the Vegan Society as it contains glycerin made from synthetic products or vegetables.
The brand previously thought HDPE was too rigid to create a squeezable toothpaste tube, but Colgate engineers have managed to figure out how to combine different grades and thicknesses of the material.
The new tube not only meets recycling standards, but helps product the product, holds up to the demands of high-speed production, and all remains “comfortably squeezable”.
With toothpaste alone accounting for an estimated 20 billion tubes annually around the world, Colgate has also promised to share its innovative technology with competitors to help ensure that all toothpastes meet third-party recycling requirements.
Noel Wallace, Colgate-Palmolive’s chief executive, said: “Colgate wants to make tubes a part of the circular economy by keeping this plastic productive and eliminating waste.
“If we can standardise recyclable tubes among all companies, we all win. We can align on these common standards for tubes and still compete with what’s inside them.”