Toothpaste and the environment, sustainable alternatives with EarthForAll
The environmental effects of toothpaste
Every single year, 1.5 billion toothpaste tubes end up in landfills and the plastic in those tubes needs 500 years to degrade. Most toothpaste tubes are made of plastic and are not easily recycled. As we know, plastic is a product of oil and the process of both creating and recycling it causes a surge of CO2 into the air. The manufacturing of toothpaste is, therefore, very unfriendly for the environment.
On top of that, some of the ingredients used in mainstream toothpaste are also harmful to the environment. Various mainstream toothpaste brands use colorants like Brilliant Blue FCF and Helidone Pink which are harmful to marine life. These colorants are also used in other cosmetics, food and pharmaceuticals and they remain in water even after passing through sewage systems. A small amount of this toothpaste may not hurt, but when many people use it (which they do), it can have devastating effects on marine life. Helidone Pink has been found to be very toxic to marine life. This poisonous substance remains in our soil for well over a year before it fully degrades, meaning it is always present as more is constantly added. A final example, but possibly the most extreme, is sodium pyrophosphate. This substance contains phosphor, which builds up algae growth in both our sewage systems and in the water at the end of the sewage line. A build-up of algae causes an increase of CO2 being released into the water, creating a dead spot. This means the fish and other animals that live there will slowly suffocate and die.
That means that brushing your teeth every day contributes to plastic in landfills and in the oceans in a big way, but we can’t exactly stop brushing our teeth, so what can we do? On our EarthForAll shop you’ll find a variety of handmade, organic cosmetics with sustainable packaging. FORESTA’s line of natural cosmetics include products which are vegan and organic. There are no plastics and no synthetic or artificial compounds in these cosmetic items. Moreover, the packaging that these products come in is minimal and does not contain any plastic. FORESTA’s line of handmade cosmetics are locally made in an artisanal workshop, reducing their carbon footprint significantly.
In addition to being environmentally sustainable, FORESTA’s cosmetic products are also made with quality in mind. They are just as effective, if not more, than the mainstream counterparts. We encourage you to take a look at the options you have available to you here.
What is EarthForAll?
EarthForAll is a shop where you can find a wide array of sustainable household items. All our products are made locally in Spain. Leaving behind single-use plastics and non-reusable items while investing in high quality reusable products can be a very efficient way of making your consumption practices more sustainable. Our products are reusable, practical, and useful for all members of the family. From hygiene and cleaning supplies to school items and baby care products, the EarthForAll shop provides sustainable household items with high quality in mind.