When squeezing just isn’t enough (Day 203)…

September 19, 2007

cutting toothpaste tube

Getting to the end of a toothpaste tube sucks. You have to start bending the top end back and forth, then twisting and turning it, finally giving a big push up the middle with your thumb to make sure you’re getting every last ounce of precious paste before tossing it away.

But yesterday, I discovered a great way to solve this problem — Adam, over at Life Goggles, has recently published a free e-book listing 100 ways to save the planet, and he was kind enough to forward me a copy, which included this handy tip: Cut off the end of the tube so you can scoop out the remaining toothpaste with the tip of your brush.

It may only conserve a tiny amount each time, but it all adds up eventually — and if you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you know I’ll do just about anything to be a little greener, whether it’s getting rid of my car or pathetically scraping out the last of my Tom’s of Maine.

Photo courtesy of muddymoles on Flickr

Up like the sun, down like the rain (Day 39)…

April 8, 2007


… back and forth like a choo-choo train. Did your dentist ever teach you that rhyme to make sure you brushed properly? Mine did, and I think I might need to do this extra carefully now that I’m abandoning fluoride and switching over to an all-natural toothpaste. I wrote a post a while ago asking readers what they thought about fluoride — whether it’s really as evil as the hippies tell me it is — and received mixed responses. So I decided I’d just try some without it, and see if my teeth turn black and/or fall out, in which case I’ll have my answer!

When it comes to toothpaste, Tom’s of Maine has a solid reputation and I was keen to try their cinnamon flavoured one. But then I noticed the Green Beaver brand, and figured I should support my fellow Canadians.

As they explain on their website, Green Beaver toothpaste has grapefruit seed extract and tea tree oil, which help kill bacteria, baking soda to remove stains and calcium ascorbate. It does not contain artificial flavours, colours, fluoride, preservatives, sweeteners or sulfate-based foaming agents. Furthermore, all of the packaging is recyclable and they don’t test on animals.

But this is the best part: “Our toothpastes are safe to swallow. Mild foaming and gentle abrasive action makes it ideal for kids.” I don’t know about you, but I’m all for gentle abrasive action when it comes to kids.

I gave it a test run this morning. At first, I was disappointed by the lack of foam; it felt kind of watery in my mouth, like it wasn’t really going to do a good job. But hours later, my teeth feel surprisingly clean. And it was actually refreshing not having that lingering residue on my tongue. I might give a few other brands a whirl when I’m done this tube, but I’m definitely hopping on the natural-toothpaste bandwagon for good.