Make your own microbead-free, 

natural toothpaste


Many toothpastes contain microbeads, tiny bits of plastic that can pass straight water treatment plants and out to sea, where they can be consumed by marine life. Microbeads are pointlessly environmentally damaging (there are plenty of natural abrasives) and, thanks to pressure from people like you, are in the process of being banned in many countries, including the UK and the US; however, at the moment they are still being sold.

There are also no toothpastes in the UK that are not packaged in plastic, even tubes that look like metal are plastic lined (and can’t be recycled because they are mixed materials), and Lush ‘Toothy Tabs’, which used to come in a cardboard box, are now only available in plastic bottles.

Making your own toothpaste reduces your environmental footprint, cuts down on microbeads and single-use plastic, means that you know what the ingredients are and where they’ve come from, and it works out cheaper too.

Instructions

These quantities are from my workshop for making a sample of toothpaste so you can try it. You can of course multiply it up for larger quantities, but remember that the shelf-life is not as long as for regular toothpaste because it's preservative-free.

1. Mix up the following:

10 level teaspoons of melted coconut oil

1 level wooden teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (a naturalabrasive)

1 level teaspoon of xylitol (a natural sugar-free sweetenerand
anti-bacterial agent, obtained from birch trees)

2 to 6 drops of peppermint oil to taste
(or you could use a pinch of cinnamon or other natural flavours of your choice - why not experiment and see what tastes best?)

2. Pop it in a container

A tiny recycled glass jar is perfect, or anything clean and foodsafe that has a lid.

3. Give it a stir

After a little while your toothpaste will set as the coconut oil hardens.
Give it a good stir to make it into paste, and you’re good to go.

Simple as that :)

(if you’ve got any concerns aboutusing this toothpaste, consult your dentist first. Don't use it if you're allergic to any of the ingredients)

Make your own microbead-free, natural body scrub

Many scrubs and other toiletries contain microbeads, tiny bits of plastic that can pass straight through water treatment plants and out to sea, where they can be consumed by marine life. Microbeads are pointlessly environmentally damaging (there are plenty of natural abrasives) and, thanks to pressure from people like you, are in the process of being banned in many countries, including the UK and the US; however, at the moment they are still being sold.

Most scrubs are also packaged in single-use plastic.

Making your own scrub reduces your environmental footprint, cuts down on microbeads and single-use plastic, means that you know what the ingredients are and where they’ve come from, and it works out much cheaper too.

Instructions

These quantities are from my workshop for making a sample of scrub so you can try it. You can of course multiply it up for larger quantities, but remember that the shelf-life is not as long as for store-bought scrub because it's preservative-free.

1. Mix up the following:

2 level teaspoons of melted coconut oil

1 heaped teaspoon of fairly-traded sugar or salt (natural abrasives)

4 heaped teaspoons of used coffee grounds
(if you're not a coffee drinker, ask your local coffee place to save you some grounds, they're usually happy to)

Optional (for fragrance): 2 drops of vanilla extract, or apinch of cinnamon, or try your own natural fragrances

2. Pop it in a container

A tiny recycled glass jar is perfect, or anything clean and foodsafe that has a lid.

3. Give it a stir

After a little while your scrub will set as the coconut oil hardens.
Give it a good stir, and you’re good to go.

Simple as that :)

Tip: You can extend the shelf-life of your scrub by freezing it - some people like to freeze it in ice cube trays, then you can pop out an individual portion when you want to use it.

(if you’ve got any concerns about using this scrub, consult a medical professional first. Don't use it if you're allergic to any of the ingredients)

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