Zero waste update! Because I’m nowhere near zero waste yet, I’m going to reframe that label to Less Waste (for me). I’ve been incredibly mindful when it comes to baskets over bags and reusable bags, for the bulk section, over plastic ones.
I’ll admit that travel was tricky, and smoothie cups are my Achilles heel, but Max and I are perusing to find a practical reusable one to fill their place, for mason jars were just totally unsuccessful for me.
Right before New Years Eve, I watched this video, which I welcome wholeheartedly so as to keep this adventure strong. It really is so important.
Therefore, I’m trying to approach Less Waste with one foot in front of the other. I’m looking to shift essentials to Less Waste each time I run out of one. Yesterday was toothpaste. I finally ran out, so I made my own. And Max is happy to cruise along for the ride. He even bought large glass growlers to fill up his coldbrew at Stumptown rather than three plastic cups a day! I do have to say that I enjoy the thought of saving $10/ toothpaste tube, which was resulting in two a month.
COCONUT PEPPERMINT TOOTHPASTE
Jar of choice
Raw Coconut Oil
Aluminum Free Baking Soda
Peppermint Essential Oil
Charcoal (optional) | suggested by Meredith Baird
PROCESS | pick any small jar of choice. I up-cycled one of my ghee jars, for I always save my jars. Bring a small pot with two inches of water to a light boil. Place jar in water, and fill 2/3 of it with the raw coconut oil. Once the c.o. is melted, remove the jar and fill the rest of the jar with baking soda. Drop peppermint oil and stevia to taste (I used 10 drops p.o. and 4 drops stevia). Stir it all together. Cap and enjoy.
Lastly, bamboo toothbrushes seem to be the golden seal in way of zero waste.