Too much toothpaste has left the tube: make your own!

We could never repeat enough that petroleum oil is dangerous for the environment because of extraction methods that pollute water and emit greenhouse gases.

However, have you ever thought that toothpaste manufacture uses oil? On the one hand, the flexible plastic tube is made of oil. On the other hand (and so scary!) some additives are petroleum derivatives and other agents are even unsafe.
Do you know those ads that show the microbeads’ advantages, such as being exfoliating? Those are actually often micro-pieces of plastic (polyethylene) that go directly into our mouths…

You probably think that this situation is insane and that you cannot easily put it back in the tube! There is a simple way to fight back, though: make your own toothpaste! You can use much more natural ingredients such as white chalk, essential oils, sea salt, charcoal, lemon, baking soda…

Obviously, do not simply combine all these ingredients: do some research first and you will find a bunch of natural recipes! Who said you are too long in the tooth?

 

YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL SAVINGS*

When you start making toothpaste by yourself, each time you will not buy a toothpaste tube you will save around:

  • 0.7 oz. / 20 grams of plastic waste
  • 1 gallon / 4 liters of water (pollution)
  • 2.7 fl. oz. / 80 ml of petroleum oil (plastic tube only)
  • 0.7 oz. / 20 grams CO2 equivalent (oil extraction)
  • 4.5 ft2 / 0.44 m2 ecological footprint (virtual forest required to absorb CO2 emissions)
  • 4 dollars / 3 euros

In addition, to all of this, you will save the environmental impact of the tube manufacture (power) and transport of the product to your home (oil and CO2).

(*) These data are statistically estimated for personal use only. Any use for scientific, business or legal purposes is strongly discouraged.

 

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