One of the easiest zero waste switches you can make is in the bathroom. Toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes are some of the least recycled items today, and they typically end up in the landfill. Although if you are currently using plastic toothbrush or toothpaste tubes, you can use TerraCycle‘s oral care recycling program if you are interested in diverting the packaging from landfills.
I want to share with you how I sustainbly keep my teeth healthy and sparkly clean.
- Toothbrush: This is the easiest swap. Go for a bamboo toothbrush! They look chic, cost the same as a regular toothbrush, and cleans just as well. After I use them for 3 months, I repurpose them to clean grout or tough-to-reach places around the apartment. They also are great to be reused in the garden as plant markers. The handle is completely compostable, although you will need to remove the bristles first, as they are typically made from nylon.
- Toothpowder: There are many, many recipes out there for homemade toothpaste. I’ve tried a few, but I was never a fan of homemade toothpaste since weather changes can alter the consistency. I really enjoy toothpowder, and it is so affordable to make! I use equal parts bentonite clay, baking soda, and stevia. Mix them together and voila!
- Floss: I grew up using the Waterpik water flosser. It flosses so well, and it’s a great massager for your gums! Of course, they don’t travel well, since they are bulky. So when I travel, I use silk floss, which are compostable. If you are vegan, I’d recommend using a cotton floss.