Photo: How to make toothpaste

(Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

What does acting like we are nature and acknowledging that our choices affect the planet look like?

It looks like making toothpaste!

The benefits:

  • Avoid plastic microbeads which may contain phthalates and bisphenol-A, are being eaten by fish and birds.
  • Avoid triclosan, which contributes to antibiotic-resistant bacteria and harms wildlife.
  • Avoid sodium laureth sulphate, which can be contaminated with possible carcinogen 1,4-dioxane.

QUEEN OF GREEN TOOTHPASTE RECIPE

Ingredients
45 ml (3 Tbsp) coconut oil
45 ml (3 Tbsp) baking soda
5 drops essential oil (optional); e.g., peppermint
2.5 ml (½ tsp) xylitol or bentonite clay (optional)

Directions
Add all ingredients to an air-tight container and mix to form a paste. Personalize this recipe by altering ingredient ratios and optional additions for desired flavour and results.

(And because coconut oil buildup might clog drains, spit into the compost instead of the sink after you brush!)

Note: Xylitol (not safe for pets!) is a sweetener that inhibits the growth of cavity-causing bacteria. Bentonite clay is alkaline and can support remineralization.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH A MICROBEAD PRODUCT?

To see if a product contains microbeads, check the ingredient list for polyethylene or polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polymethyl methacrylate or nylon. For disposal:

  1. Return it to the store.
  2. Mail it back to the manufacturer.
  3. Filter the microbeads out and throw them in the garbage. Use the rest of the product if it is Dirty-Dozen-free.