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Zero waste tooth brushing

Brushing your teeth usually goes hand in hand with a toothbrush made from thick plastic and a plastic tube of toothpaste (maybe with some microplastics tucked inside). A little over a year ago, these were also the tools I used to get the job done (in my defence, I did use vegan products). Since getting more interested in zero waste, I switched up what I had for some more ecological tools.

Toothbrush

I bought my toothbrush from a local zero waste shop here called Be Robuust. It from the Zero Waste Shop. Here is what they have to say about it:

Our toothbrush is created to reduce plastic pollution. It is cruelty free and suitable for Vegans. It has got BPA FREE soft/medium bristles. It is packed in paper tube and cardboard box. Product is 100% biodegradable. It is ecofriendly painted. Bristles are made of biodegradable Nylon4.

Me and my boyfriend have been using these toothbrushes for a while now and they are pretty good. The only thing I don’t like about them is that when you start using a new one, it tastes like wood. It takes about a week for the taste to go away.

Toothpaste

I purchased my solid toothpaste from the same shop. It is by the brand Lamazuna, the same brand from my solid cocoa butter. You just rub your wet toothbrush vigorously agains the block. This transfers some of the product onto your toothbrush which you then use to brush your teeth. It tastes very mildly like peppermint and doesn’t foam up.

This unusual and practical, solid toothpaste not only lasts longer than conventional toothpaste, but it is also extremely convenient and saves packaging material. The carefully and well-thought-out recipe uses calcium carbonate and kaolin to clean teeth and the oral cavity in a natural way. Thanks to a few drops of essential peppermint oil, it leaves a great feeling of freshness. A rich formulation that makes up for two conventional tubes of toothpaste.

I found that this solid version of toothpaste took some getting used to. It being mild in taste and not foaming means that at first you feel like it is barely there. I did get very used to it after some time and now find regular toothpaste to be really strong and unpleasant. Good riddance!

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