If you wanna begin practicing zerowaste lifestyle but you’re kinda overwhelmed, here is an easy way to get started. Toothbrush and toothpaste. It’s a small step with a big impact on the environment!

Around 3.5 billion toothbrushes are sold worldwide every year. That’s a lot of plastic that won’t decompose and will end up on our planet for another 450 years!

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3 months usage equates to 450 years waste

Toothbrush:
There are several options out there. Some are made from recycled plastic, others have recyclable heads and not recyclable handles or packaging, others are made out of bamboo…etc.

I personally use bamboo toothbrushes by The Environmental Toothbrush. I got a pack of 12 which should last us a year. The bristles are made from a BPA free polymer and it does not contain any animal products.

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The Environmental Toothbrush
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Cardboard packaging
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12 toothbrushes in one pack

Unfortunately, most bamboo toothbrushes are not 100% eco-friendly as the bristles are made out of pig hairs or nylon-6. Some claim to use 62% castor bean oil or charcoal-enhanced polymers. Either way, bamboo toothbrushes are still my favorite eco-friendly option with the least environmental damage.

There are several companies that sell them for different prices. Do you research and find what suits your budget- £1.50 is the cheapest I could find.

Once your bamboo toothbrush is worn out, remove the bristles and compost the handle.

Toothpaste:
Your conventional toothpaste is made out of nasty chemicals, contains microbeads and comes in plastic tubes! No, thanks!

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Chemicals, chemicals and more nasty chemicals
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Plastic tube of toothpaste

Homemade toothpaste is dope. It’s quick, affordable and healthy! Bear in mind it’s not your standard foamy kind of toothpaste. So it takes some getting used to, just like anything else.

Recipe: 

  • Equal parts of coconut oil and baking soda- Preferably organic raw coconut oil
  • Mint essential oil- optional

Mix well the coconut oil with baking soda- Add less baking soda if you have sensitive gum. Add few drops of mint essential oil. Store it in a glass jar/ container.

Pro-tip: I used to melt the coconut oil as you can see in the pictures below. I found out that baking soda tends to sink to the bottom of the jar before the coconut oil solidifies.

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Organic raw virgin cold pressed coconut oil

Coconut oil mixed with baking soda

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Zerowaste toothpaste
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Scoop it with a spoon or the toothbrush

Chewing sticks:
The chewing stick or Miswak is a 100% organic, a natural & traditional toothbrush that is obtained from the twigs of the Peelu Tree. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it helps whiten the teeth and has tons of great benefits- Check this link: Benefits Of Using The Miswak (Chewing Stick). In my opinion, it’s the ultimate sustainable and eco-friendly dental hygiene option. Just rinse the bristles and brush your teeth for as long as you wish!

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Chewing stick, a.k.a Miswak
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Yo homegirl rocking her dressing gown and brushing the teeth

It’s a great addition to your dental hygiene routine. And the best part is you don’t need to rinse your mouth after brushing your teeth- I use it either when I’m on my laptop or chilling or reading a book lol. Don’t knock it until you try it!

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