Regular toothpaste contributes to pollution and negatively impacts our environment in more ways than you can think of. Approximately 1 billion toothpaste tubes make their way to the landfills each year. These tubes are made with aluminium or plastic. Almost all of them are non biodegradable and may take up to 700 years before they begin to decompose. In addition, toothpaste companies package the tubes in boxes. Paperboard production contributes to deforestation, increased water consumption and higher greenhouse gas emissions.
And it’s not just the packaging. Regular toothpaste is rife with chemicals, parabens and triclosan that go down the drain and wash into our natural water systems each time you brush your teeth. also wreak havoc with animal hormones and the environment.
By choosing to make your own toothpaste, you can reduce the amount of waste going to landfills and save the water and energy involved in the production as well as disposal of these products.
What you will need?
- Calcium Bentonite clay – 2 tbsp
- Rock Salt/Pink Salt – 1/4th tsp
- Clove powder – 1/4 tsp
- Activated charcoal – 1 tbsp
- Peppermint oil (optional) – 5-6 drops
- Stevia Powder – 1/2 tsp
Mix it all up. Thats it.
It doesn’t get simpler than this. This dry powder can be stored in a glass jar and you can use a wet brush. You may also mix it with a few drops of coconut oil before brushing your teeth if you’re looking for a creamy consistency.
If you cant be bothered to make it, you may use baking soda, salt and coconut oil. I personally miss the lack of minty, refreshing, clean feeling that the recipe above delivers perfectly.