In the first edition we discussed 6 plastic free alternatives to deodorant.
This week we’re staying in the personal care realm and I want to talk about toothpaste.
I don’t know of any way to recycle toothpaste tubes in the UK – please get in touch if you do!
From surfing around the net I’ve found a couple of alternatives
Cindy got in touch to tell me about LUSH, who make a product called “Toothy Tabs” – a solid alternative to toothpaste.
These are ‘tablets’ containing bicarbonate of soda, clay and essential oils which come in a cardboard box!
DIY toothpaste recipes
There are heaps of recipes available on the Internet for making your own toothpaste. Here’s a couple:
Homemade toothpaste recipe 1
- 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp glycerin
- 1-2 drops essential oil of your choice – peppermint, lemon or orange are good
Mix everything together in a blender and store in a screw top jar
Homemade toothpaste recipe 2
Quite a few people use coconut oil as follows:
- 2 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 1-2 drops essential oil
As before, blitz everything together and store in a screw top jar
Colgate promise to recycle
In a press release Karen from The Rubbish Diet shared with me, Colgate have said they will make packaging for 3/4 of its product categories completely recyclable – woohoo!
The bad news?
Don’t expect to see it until 2020.
What about you – any ideas for zero waste toothpaste?