Sustainable Sunday - Let's Talk Teeth
My bathroom is atrocious, just ask my mother.
Everything is in plastic packaging, and to my surprise ¾ of that packaging cannot be recycled - why are we so dependent on plastic?! So here I am asking the question: what is the deal with recycling?
I’ve done a bit of research, so here are some facts for you:
To recycle any plastics, it must have a number and the little recycling arrow symbol we know and love on it - and don’t forget to clean it off (I’m talking NO residue!). If these things aren’t ticked off, your plastics will be rejected and end up in a landfill.
Finding these things out made me even more determined to make my own products and come up with creative ways to eliminate plastic from my life.
One of my first little victories was my daily dental hygiene routine - you know you’re turning into a bit of a nerd when you get excited over bamboo toothbrushes. But damn, they are sexy.
The ECO Brush is a small New Zealand company who are passionate about making sustainability both affordable and accessible. They are 100% biodegradable and made from sustainable bamboo. Products include toothbrushes (for children and adults), dental floss and travel cases. The coolest part (hello, nerd) is that when you’re done, you can put the WHOLE THING in the compost - packaging included! Bamboo in and of itself is a really sustainable resource because it grows up to a metre a day and requires no watering, pesticides or insecticides.
✓ WHAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF
To make this dental hygiene situation a Zero Waste dream, they are the PERFECT match for DIY toothpaste. The list of chemicals in store bought toothpaste is long, and the plastic tubes are non-recyclable, but alternatives can be hard to find! I’ve been using homemade toothpaste for a while now and I must say, I find it fantastic - my teeth have never felt so clean.
Before you say “But Katie….”
Yes, it does take some getting used to, it’s a little salty and no, doesn’t foam like normal toothpaste.
There are so many different recipes on the internet, not to mention some incredible companies creating great pre-made alternatives. So go ahead and give some a try - it will probably surprise you!
Heres the recipe I use:
3 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons of baking soda
20-25 drops of peppermint oil
Just mix together, easy!
Happy Sustainable Sunday!