This is my very first post on my new blog! Let me start by saying that my name is Candice, I am a recent college graduate who has started to be introspective lately about how we impact the planet, and steps that I can take in my own life to minimize my own harmful impact. It is going to be a long journey, which will be taken in baby steps because a huge overhaul is not very realistic. I will continue to update this blog as I go along and every time I make a new baby step to make my life greener. My goal is to eventually produce as little waste as humanly possible, and to find green alternatives to the things that are a part of my life. Our planet is a beautiful place naturally, and I am going to do my best to help keep it beautiful for the generations to come….. so….
Baby Step #1
Toothpaste 🙂 It is something that we use everyday, and most of the time it comes in a plastic tube that doesn’t get recycled, it just ends up in the trash. I currently live with 3 other people, and as a result we end up using a lot of toothpaste. The solution is to make your own toothpaste, and it is relatively easy since the ingredients can be found in your pantry most of the time. I found quite a few recipes online for both toothpaste and powder. This happened to be the one that I liked the best. It is simply a few teaspoons of both coconut oil and baking soda, with ten or so drops of peppermint oil mixed in. The peppermint oil makes it smell good and taste better 😉 I tried doing the powder mix but it just felt really weird on my teeth, so I use the paste. I’m keeping it in an old glass spice jar that I took the plastic shaker thing off of, that way when I run out I can just refill the glass jar. No more toothpaste tubes in my trash!
I’m feeling better about the planet already, stay tuned for baby step #2!