February 15, 2015

Giveaway: Sustainable Toothbrush from Brush with Bamboo

It is recommended that we replace our toothbrushes every three months. When you are using a plastic, single use toothbrush the garbage begins to pile up. In fact, over 4.7 billion plastic toothbrushes are produced worldwide every year. That's a LOT of plastic waste.

Is there anything we can do about this? Yes.

One of the easiest ways to reduce your environmental impact is to switch from a single use plastic toothbrush to a compostable bamboo toothbrush, and now you have the opportunity to win some from Brush with Bamboo.

They manufacture eco-friendly toothbrushes using minimal plastic. Unfortunately the bristles are still made of certified BPA-free nylon, but they can be recycled. The handle is made of pure bamboo and can be composted, the wrapper is made from plants and is commercially compostable, and the box folds together without using glue. The entire product is verified to be Non-Toxic and USDA Certified Biobased.

All in all, it is a much better alternative to conventional plastic toothbrushes. I have been using mine for years. You can see it in my Zero Waste Toothpaste video here:

Win one by liking Trash is for Tossers and Brush with Bamboo on Facebook and commenting below with a pledge on how you will reduce your waste this week. a Rafflecopter giveaway The best part? You can upcycle them as well like they did as these awesome plant markers!

193 comments:

  1. I will buy fruits and vegetables that do not come packed and, as always, I will bring my own tote bag so I don't have to buy plastic bags to bring my food. I also love using my used tea to fertilize my plants.

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  2. I will not buy any plastic for a week.

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  3. I am taking a bike ride to our town's bulk food store this week, and bringing my jars!

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  4. I will not buy any food in plastic and not buy take out food.

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  5. I will add a compost heap to my new house to cut down on organic waste.

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  6. when I am doing my shopping , I do not accept the plastic bag instead 'll bring a reusable bag

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  7. I will reduce waste this week by refusing paper napkins and bringing a cloth one with me everywhere I go! Along with my canvas bag of course :)

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  8. I will not buy coffee that comes in a styrofoam cup.

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  9. I am actively trying to reduce the garbage I produce after reading about you. I'm vegan and try to be aware of what I buy but still produce far too much trash. I'm interested in living a healthy life for myself and the environment.

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  10. I'm going to reduce my waste by riding my bike to my farmer's market instead of taking subway :)

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  11. Lauren Singer brought me here! :) I love what's being done!

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  12. I will use cloth napkins instead of paper ones (started today morning, actually!) and make my own coffie instead getting a take-out (good for the Earth and my wallet! ;) )

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  13. it would be nice if it was easier to find the toothbrushes in Italy!!!
    thank you for sharing your advices!
    Ele

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  14. This week and going forward I pledge to stop using my Tassimo and get get a French Press and at work I pledge to use a reusable pod for the Keurig machine.

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  15. I will do shopping with reusable bags and I will make my own zero waste toothpaste

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  16. I will bring my shopping bags to the store, carry my lunch to work in my planet box, and refuse the disposable cup at the coffee shop, using my mug instead.

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  17. I'm going to make a point of being conscious of the things I buy at the grocery store this week and avoid things with unnecessary packaging. I'll bring cloth bags instead of using plastic. I won't be able to do it this week, but I am going to look into getting a safety razor when I run out of disposable blades, and I'm going to make those dryer ball things when I run out of dryer sheets.

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  18. Thanks for the giveaway! I love these toothbrushes!

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  19. I already use cloth diapers, cloth wipes, cloth produce bags, cloth grocery bags, and I drive a fuel efficient car. I live in a household with my son and my parents and they are hard to get to recycle and compost even though we have two compost bins and a recycling service. Despite them, I hope to only fill two bags of trash this week. I wish it could be less trash but I am still working on them.

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  20. I've been using my own shopping bags for the last 17 years, my own produce bags for the last 10 years and just recently made cloth bags for bulk flour, sugar, etc. Our community didn't have a store with bulk items until just recently. I carry my lunch in glass items or homemade sandwich wrappers made of beeswax infused cotton. I make my own yogurt, kefir water, peanut butter, sour cream, whipped cream, and mayo to name a few. I don't have a garden but grow my own herbs and salad greens, I compost to feed them. Before going shopping I check out the resale/Good Will bag in my closet to see if I can re-purpose/re-style an item into a 'new' top or skirt. I love your blog and saw a piece on the local Dallas station news about you!!!

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  21. I will avoid packaged food and use lemon as an alternative for shampoo.

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  22. I am going to take my own containers for leftovers when I go out to dinner. That's one hurdle I haven't gotten over, yet. I don't know why I am embarrassed to do it, but I am.

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  23. all my plants are in second hand cans, teapots and glasses. yesterday I gave my best friend roses in a classic teapot from the seventies which I bought in a second hand store for three euros. and yesterday and next week I'll take another toiletpaper roll from a public space so I don't have to buy them since they always come in so much plastic. gonna make my own bodyscrub with coconut oil and sugar again and I will shower with my boyfriend so we don't shower twice.

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  24. Heyy, don't you have some cosmetic recipes (plastic and paraben free) to share with us??? It would be soooo helpful. Congrats for the blog!

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  25. Love what you're doing. I already use very little packaged food, but will reduce even more and buy your detergent when I need more! Thanks for your inspiration!

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  26. I will make a shopping bag with my empty coffee packages and start buying coffee beans by weight!

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  27. I will take jars and cloth bags to the store in order to avoid those pesky filmy plastic produce bags they use in the bulk food isle. Ick on those.

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  28. I will use my mesh produce bags instead of plastic at the grocery store!

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  29. Hello!! I discovered Trash is for Tossers last week, but I've already implemented some of your advices. Of course, this week I'll buy fruit and vegetables in a farmers market and I'll use my cloth bags, but the most important thing I'll do this week is cutting my hair to use less water. Even I'll try to make an organic shampoo!!!
    Regards.

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  30. What you do is so inspiring! I have gone no-poo for over 7 months and no longer buy shampoo and conditioner or any styling products. I use baking soda and apple cider vinegar wash and condition my hair. I used to wash my hair everyday and now I only do it once a week to save water. I use hand-cut soaps made from natural oils with no packaging. I do not buy any packaged processed food, or anything with clamshell packaging. I use mason jars to store spices, legumes and stuffs around the house. I always bring my re-useable shopping bags but after watching your videos, I will make my own fabric tote bag for my trips to bulk barn. Keep doing what you're doing and a BIG THANK YOU!

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  31. I will not buy shampoo that comes in plastic bottles from here on out. Instead, I will buy shampoo bars that are either unpackaged (preferred) or packaged in paper/cardboard. I received one such shampoo bar as a gift and have been loving it!

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  32. I believe that my waste is not only what I produce but also what I agree to be produced and dumped by the memebers of community I live in. After the snow has melted I saw hundreds of bottles, packages and other waste spread out on the fields not far from my house. It came to me that the lack of reaction to these disasterous acts of violence against the nature makes me an accomplice to the waste creation. To reduce my contribution to the waste this week, I am going to photograph the illegal waste, write to the municiaplities and the local newspaper and attempt to wipe out these behvours from my region.

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  33. This week I pledge to refuse plastic/paper products in restaurants. I will also bring my own fork and napkin.

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  34. I switched my cats' litter from clay to walnut based (Blue Buffalo Walnut Litter). I have also been following your list of moving away from plastic!

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  35. I discovered Trash is for Tossers as the new year began, which was great timing. Since then, we've gotten rid of our plastic containers, started using home-made toothpaste, and have gone to the co-op. This week, we stopped buying paper towels and we will start buying dish soap and olive oil in bulk!

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  36. Using reusable cloth bags for shopping in the bulk section! No more plastic bags!

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  37. Making the switch to reusable cotton rounds (bought on Etsy) for all my facial-cleansing needs!

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  38. I won't buy any packaged food (and not just this week :) ). Thanks for all you do to make the world awesome!

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  39. The kids & I going to the 2nd hand art supply shop, so we can be creative while contributing to the re-purposing of goods & also because we can avoid new-product packaging.

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  40. I am always actively finding ways to reduce my family's waste. I came across Trash is for Tossers this past week and I will be implementing a lot of Lauren's ideas especially her homemade toothpaste recipe. I am also working on starting a worm compost bin for all my kitchen scraps.

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  41. I have been making a steady progress for ages now. I have changed my cosmetics, hygiene products, got reusable things, food in bulk, take things home to recycle (my workplace doesn't have recycling bins!), reuse and upcycle pretty much everything and the list goes on. This week I may not add anything new to this but I do plan to eventually replace my plastic lunch box with a stainless steel one once I find something suitable. I wish I didn't have the plastic one to begin with but I will leave it with somebody who would buy one anyway.

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  42. I will start using my canvas bags when going to the store, every time.

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  43. Your blog has been an incredible source of inspiration for me to incorporate more sustainable choices and actively assure that they become habits. Thank you ! This week in particular, I will avoid buying plastic packaging, and buy bulk items instead.

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  44. I won't get food in to-go containers in the dining hall at school and will try to find new ways to reuse when I can!!

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  45. I will make sure the cashier notices I brought a reusable tote bag, instead of letting them put my purchases in a plastic bag without asking me if I need one.

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  46. i will make my own deodorant -and i'll double the batch to share with friends. so much better than anything you can buy at the drugstore!!

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  47. I will put a glass straw and cloth napkin in my bag to use when I eat out this week.

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  48. I am going to start a compost bin!

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  49. I will compost and not purchase any plastic this week.

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  50. I've started to become more aware of recycling when our city started to collect plastic waste. Since then I took it as a challenge to keep our trashbin as empty as possible and I've also gotten family and friends committing to take up the challenge to keep their bin as empty as possible. One of my aunts even weighs her waste and after one month she doesn't even have 1 kg!
    There is so much you can do: use broken plates as mosaic tiles, fix up broken toys and we have trading corners on Facebook for trading food, books and toys! My next pledge is to use less plastic bags and buy more second hand toys because they come with no wrapping AND it's cheaper :)

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  51. I will think twice before I purchase any product and will not order delivery food with disposable containers.

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  52. I will compost and recycle everything that is possible to. I will also bring cloth bags with me to the store. After I finish my current toothpaste I will try making your DIY toothpaste and store it in a glass jar :)

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  53. I am going to use my canvas bag when shopping. I am giving up shampoo and shower gel in plastic and using shampoo bars/soap instead (which work amazing). There are a lot more things I need to change but I'm hoping small changes will help me commit better and not scare my husband too much!!

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  54. I am super keen to cut back on non-recyclable packaging and to begin my composting this week!

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  55. I love my bamboo brush! Would love to add to my stash!

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  56. I'll be bringing my lunch to work in reusable glass containers.

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  57. I will take containers if I go out to eat. I will also work on our cold frame to be able to start our garden earlier!

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  58. I pledge to continue composting and recycling, and to get on my friends' cases if they don't compost or recycle. I will use canvas bags when I go shopping. I will do my best not to eat anything that comes plastic wrapped, I say I will do my best because I live in College dorms and eat in the dining halls. My school does have a composting program that composts waste from the dining halls.

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  59. I will make my own toothpaste using your recipe.

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  60. I will: buy less food in plastic wrapping and purchase reusable cotton shopping bags!

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  61. I already use reusable bags when shopping, so I will take my own containers when I visit the bulk section. I didn't know that was allowed!

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  62. I already use reusable bags when shopping, so I will take my own containers when I visit the bulk section. I didn't know that was allowed!

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  63. Found your blog following a FB feed article and now I am hooked!

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  64. I will continue to use my compost and this week i will try making your homemade toothpaste!

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  65. I will avoid buying single-use plastics, like those used for packaging pudding cups and other snacks.

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  66. I will buy more foods from bulk bins to reduce packaging. I've also started baking my own breads, so I will continue doing that as well. :]

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  67. I will make my own lunch everyday instead of buying food that comes in single use packaging.

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  68. I already made a month's worth of homemade toothpaste & body lotion!

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  69. I will take my reusable bags when I go grocery shopping later this week. I'm also making little bags out of cloth that I found at home to hold my rice & beans from the bulk bins. Since I live in an apartment with my family and they don't allow me to compost I will ask my friend if he would like my scraps for his bin! Since I was already planning on buying new clothes I will do it all at my local thrift store(& bring my own bags again!) While I'm there I'll find a glass+metal jar to put the homemade toothpaste into. If I go to a restaurant I'll take glass containers with me, will ask the people I'm with if they could not use straws, and I'll avoid using napkins.

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  70. I am making reusable grocery bags and paper towels out of old tees. YAY!

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  71. I stumbled across your site and was immediately inspired! I never dreamed that this could be possible and I have started to become waste free by being mindful of packaging and trying to by other products without the package or with something that can be recycled. This week I plan on making toothpaste and lotion! My friends and I are also heading an initiative to start a community garden and composting site on campus!

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  72. I will stop buying coffee in styrofoam cups and will start using bamboo toothbrushes.

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  73. I became even more mindful of waste when I recently moved into a new house where we have to pay for garbage pick up I have recycled for years. I am going to start a worm farm ! That should take care of all my vegetable scraps and it will be great for my garden.
    Love this site, just found out about it on Facebook. I am learning a lot !
    Asked in my local MOM store for bamboo toothbrushes, the only ones they had were wood handles, plastic tops...and packet in lots of plastic !

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  74. So inspired by Lauren! I've made my own soaps, lotions, make up, etc. for a few years but can do more to reduce my impact! Perfecting my toothpaste recipe is next :)

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  75. I'm going to walk to the grocery store/farmers' market instead of driving :)

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  76. I'm reducing the amount of meat I eat and continuing to bring re-usable bags when I do my shopping.

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  77. Instead of eating out, I will cook all of my meals using vegetables and products (stored in reusable glass jars in my kitchen -- thanks for the inspiration!) and will compost all of the leftovers in my office. Thanks for everything that you do!

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  78. I will use re usable bags when I shop

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  79. I am always trying to reduce my waste. One thing I always do is bring my reusable bags when shopping.

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  80. I will reduce packaging while grocery shopping by bringing my own containers and buying from the bulk section.

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  81. I pledge to reduce the amount of packaged items I buy at the grocery store and to start packing my own lunch! Love your mason jar idea of toting drinks and snacks :) I love your blog, Lauren! :)

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  82. I have rededicated myself to using cloth bags again, after a shameful period of slacking. I also went out tonight and bought a bunch of mason jars and intend to do my best to start buying unpackaged food as much as possible.

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  83. I will use reusable bags instead of plastic or paper bags at the store and use a reusable cup for my tea rather than use a paper cup.

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  84. I will use reusable bags instead of plastic or paper bags at the store and use a reusable cup for my tea rather than use a paper cup.

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  85. I will make my own zero waste toothpaste and invest in other products to help me cut back on my individual waste.

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  86. To reduce waste this week I won't buy food wraped in plastic and I allways bring reusable bags with me

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  87. I've been actively trying to get my family to buy only the food we will actually eat!

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  88. i finally remember my reusable bags for grocery shopping-and I am trying out a vegetarian diet and not using paper towels!

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  89. I'll be doing my groceries at the fruit market with no plastic or packaging

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  90. I'm-a stocking up the cosmetics cupboard this week and making some mint and rosemary sugar body scrub out of my gardens shriveling plants (housed in jam jars of course). And no shop is getting pennies out of me this week either- I'm making nosh out of what I already have in my freezer and cupboards- hopefully equating to a week that has minimal/no waste. Hooray!

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  91. This week I pledge to visit my local (new!) bulk grocery store, make your toothpaste recipe and use less waste. I just discovered that my apartment building has a compost!!! As soon as I saw it, I thought of you - I am so excited to start composting because my morning smoothie bowl waste is just getting to be TOO MUCH. Thanks for being a great inspiration :) X

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  92. this is great! some things we just don't think about how they impact the earth...
    I will bring my reusable cup to work every day to avoid throwing out coffee cups!

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  93. Hi! This is great!! I'm trying to reduce my trash but sometimes it's dificult, but not imposible. Your blog is a great inspiration ;) Regards from Spain

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  94. After discovering this blog over the weekend, I am starting to make an active effort on reducing plastic I use at home. Today I also started bringing my ceramic coffee mug to the cafe I go to in the morning so I can avoid using a disposable coffee cup!

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  95. I will stop buying "meals for one" so called "convenience" meals that aren't healthy anyway and start preparing meals that will last a couple days :)
    Liked both facebook pages and subscribed to your new YouTube channel! Congrats!

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  96. I will take my reusable bags when I go grocery shopping and make new natural products

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  97. I'm determined to change how I live and encourage my kids to do the same.
    I'll b more conscious of what I buy and use and look into how I can change things.....also spread the word.
    No more plastic bags and plastic tooth brushes is Definately and easy starting point :)

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  98. We are planning our first vegetable garden and compost pile this year.

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  99. great idea- love finding ideas to continue the small steps towards reducing plastics

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  100. We are going to the local marked with our reusable (and up-cycled) bags to reduce packaging waste.

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  102. Once I move out of my parents house in a couple months, I will be using all glass containers for storing my food in the fridge. In Sonoma County, we have already banned plastic bags in grocery stores so that's a nice step for us. But I will bring my own cotton/hemp bags for produce. I'm using up my last package of plastic toothbrushes before I switch to bamboo and lastly, making an efford to buy more produce/bread/other things at farmers markets.

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  103. This week I will remember to bring my cloth napkin for my work lunches!

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  104. I will remember to bring my reusable bags for grocery shopping! And, continue my quest to find affordable alternatives to plastic containers for storing left overs & taking my lunch to work.

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  105. I just started my journey into zero waste and I will no longer accept receipts, bags or paper napkins when offered at retailers.

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  106. I declared zero-waste on Saturday. I've started a compost. I'm sewing my own cloth napkins. My boyfriend took me to the farmers market to buy loose flowers, the refillable olive oil store, and bought me wooden spoons. I've gone zero-waste and I'm so excited. It's an on going journey, and I'll be making toothpaste this week.

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  107. I have swapped over to home made tooth paste using your recipe (except with orange oil).
    See; gardengoddess246.blogspot.com.
    I will continue to use this new paste as I love how it makes my teeth feel.

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  108. I have to buy some books and I'm going to buy second hand books. As always, I have with me my clothing bag when I go to buy and I never use plastic bottles because I have my own takeaway bottle. I have to work in my compost pile too. Too big right now!!

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  109. Take my own bags to the grocery stores. I have them at home but I always seem to forget them in the house or even in the car.

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  110. Tomorrow is Mardi Gras here in New Orleans. Which means Wednesday is lent-- the day to give up. I've been following your blog for over a month and decided that this lent I'm giving up trash. Thanks for inspiring! Looking forward to this on-going process.

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  111. I'm working on making my own deodorant and toothpaste. Last deodorant recipe was not a success, so I'm trying again!

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    1. Hi! for your deodorant you can try with the Stone of alum. It's a mineral and you can use the same for years ;)

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  112. hi! I love the idea of this toothbush of bambu. I was thinking to buy it BUT it seems they don't made differents hardness, that is "soft", "medium" or "hard". Unfortunately, I wouldn't buy a toothbush that I couldn't to know how hard is it, many people have the sensitive gums like me and it's very very very important to find the right toothbush :)

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  113. Hi! I've just recently stumbled upon your blog and the zero-waste lifestyle. Although growing up we only threw out what couldn't be recycled, composted or fed to the dogs, we still bought things that were wrapped in or contained a lot of waste.

    I read someone's comment on going waste free for lent and I think I'm gonna try that too! This week, Ias usual I bought my muesli in bulk, except this time I put it in a cotton drawstring pouch I made from old tee shirts and the ribbons from an old gift bag. At the checkout, the shopkeeper laughed and said she thought it was a children's toy!!

    I'm pretty excited to go waste free and see how I'll be able to reuse repair or recycle the current "waste" lying around in my apartment!

    I have a question though, in NYC, I imagine you don't have a garden either to compost, so where does your compost go?

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  114. I have recently started a Paleo diet, and from those websites found out about Trash is for Tossers! I love the ideas so much I have started rethinking my life... I am no longer using paper plates at home, I am bringing my own towel and real silverware for my lunch and I have made the toothpaste! I intend to keep the motivation going not only for the giveaway but to set an example for my family. I have liked TIFT and BWB on Facebook. I would love to try the toothbrushes! Thank you for being awesome!

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  115. Today I purchased canvas bags so that I can stop using plastic bags whenever I go shopping! I'm so excited for this new (small) step towards wasting less.

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  116. I ran out of shampoo this morning and plan on making my own instead of buying a new bottle! Small thing, but every bit counts.

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  117. I liked both pages. What I will do this week is revive our composting set-up, which we had before moving here but had not set back up again. I'm excited to do this -- thank you for the motivation!

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  118. I will reduce my waste this week by not using any plastic plates or utensils. I will consciously put less food on my plate (I'm in college, so I eat at a dining hall). And if I'm still hungry, I will get up and get more! There's no need to fill my plate to the brim - I usually don't finish everything anyways. I will use scratch paper to take notes in class.

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  119. Perfect timing. I was literally just about to replace my toothbrush.

    Sweet.

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  120. Great chance! I'll sure dedicate my week to put in a box all material things I've got at the moment that I don't believe to be useful or beautiful and plan a diy alternative for each one without an exception. Hope I'm lucky! :)

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  121. I will not buy plastic for a week

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  122. This week I'm going to try a shampoo bar instead of buying more shampoo in a bottle - Brittany Kearns

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  123. - I put a re-usable bag in my purse so I'm never without one again
    - I'm recycling an old duvet-cover to make re-usable napkins (6 down, 18 more to go...)
    - I'm posting 1 point from this list: http://myplasticfreelife.com/plasticfreeguide/ on my facebook (select group only though) every day for the next 100 days, with my own comments on how I deal with this, and whether there's room for improvement (right now, I'm at 20/100, but looking into improving!)
    - giving Family Cloths a try (at least for #1) for at least a week (sewed a whole bunch last week)
    - I bought an old curtain at the recycle-shop just now, which I will convert in some re-usable bags
    - gonna buy a re-usable mug tomorrow to put in my purse (shop isn't open today, unfortunately. they had one at the re-cycle shop, but that was aluminium)
    - putting lots of plastic-alternatives on my wishlist for my birthday in april (including the bamboo toothbrush :),)
    - reading up on lots of tips to use less plastic

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  124. Your blog is my new favorite! This week, I am making my own cloth produce bags inspired by the ones in your blog post about smoothie bowls (and I am using every part of the fabric). This way, I can buy bulk foods and fresh produce and not use any plastic bags. I love to sew, so this is turning into a really fun project for me!

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  125. Made the switch to holding my food in mason jars and buying from bulk bins where I can! I still have some plastic bags left over from old purchases, so I just reuse those to transport the dry goods.

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  126. Made the switch to holding my food in mason jars and buying from bulk bins where I can! I still have some plastic bags left over from old purchases, so I just reuse those to transport the dry goods.

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  127. I'm planning my garden to reduce food packaging, but will only plant and harvest in summer.

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  128. I´m cutting old t-shirts, that are not good to donate, to use as cleaning rags.

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  129. I have just stumbled across your blog too and i=I'm giving up buying things in plastic for lent! Good timing! I've failed only once so far as I bought some yogurt to start making my own when I get my new delivery of milk straight from the farm in reusable glass bottles. I have been searching the english countryside for any stores that supply food in bulk that i can bring along my own containers, but i think i will have to settle for buying big recyclable bags of flour and rice and pulses, and then making things out of them, like pasta, bread and hummus etc.

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  130. I will use reusable containers for my sandwiches and snacks instead of plastic baggies.

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  131. It would be sooo nice if u keep ur backer from kickstarter nearly as updatet as you keep this blog going...

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  132. Bring my own bags to the store!

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  133. I am going to Bob's Red Mill tomorrow to buy bulk, and I am going to bring my reusable cloth bags🌞

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  134. I will put all of our leftover food in our glass storage (instead of disposable plastic). And use our cloth towels instead of paper towels.

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  135. I just bought a heap of muslin cloth and natural cotton string to sew my own bulk produce bags on the cheap! as well as saving some of the cloth to make my own almond milk, instead of buying it in the plastic cartons. love your work, Lauren. Super inspiring!

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  136. When putting on a luncheon at work this, I substituted biodegradable plates for styrofoam, ensured that we used metal cutlery when possible, and bought as many items in bulk as I could to decrease packaging.

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  137. I am now using bandanas and reusable napkins everywhere I go, and I am currently working with my school to get rid of styrofoam trays and replaced with eco-friendly ones.

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  138. I will not buy anything that comes wrapped in plastic. I'm also working on getting some reusable napkins. Also I will bring my glass straws with me everywhere :) Love your work xo

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  139. I will begin making the homemade toothpaste and bringing reusable bags for all the fruits and veggies I buy at the grocery store

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  140. I will not buy fast food this week or its wasteful packaging. Win:Win for me and the planet.

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  141. WOWOWOW Everybody's going crazy... Tiight, if all the pledges work out :)

    I'm going to be honest, literally this week i started the whole Trash-reducing and making my own stuff!
    Thought i was a concious supervegan organic consumer cooking hero already, haha, but i looked at my trash, and nope...
    The day before yesterday i made toothpaste, yesterday deodorant and bought new wooden Dish-brushes, today dishwashing liquid, ordered straw-straws and toothbrushes and i reused all my old paper- produce bags and refilled them with veggies at the supermarket.
    tomorrow i'm going to speak up for my plans of taking over the soon to be vacant Uni Mensa and introduce a sustainable and student based coop concept! So excited!!
    Wish me luck in front of the committee everyone

    Babysteps, and loving it!
    You're badass Lauren!

    btw i love the new smell of my armpits :D

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  142. I've been known to make a big mess in the kitchen while cooking and on my face while eating. I will make the switch to cloth rags and napkins for cleaning up. This will cut down on my waste tremendously. ^_^

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  143. I am going to get a brass gum stimulator. I've already gotten rid of my plastics & my paper napkins. But I'm only down to 1 qt a week (of trash). I am struggling to bring it lower.

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  144. Thank you for being an inspiration to this and the next generation. I am humbled by your commitment to do the right thing and perpetually be an excellent steward. I had a long talk with myself today regarding my lazy evironmentalism. You inspired me to set a goal each week to reduce one thing in our family lifestyle which contributes to environmental degradation. Toothpaste, laundry soap, and home cleaners.

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  145. Too bad I've only got to know your blog last month. You are amazing! I'm loving every single post I read. Keep it up, we all need tips like yours for a better life and, why not, a better world.

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  146. Been on a slow journey in this direction for a while. We have cut out the stuff that cost us more money and replaced it with either free cheaper less packaged or long term cheaper whenever we can.
    Made some disinfectant spray today. From thieves oil salt and water. Have plans for worm compost but have to wait a few months. New apartment came with ants. My biggest thing in my life right now is I am 8 months pregnant. I have had zero waste in mind through out my pregnancy. It will be a few years before we can get down to a mass on jar a year. We are shooting for 2020. We are expecting to have a second child by then. I have been pretty good about making conscious choices. I have been aiming for long term reusable in many cases when zero waste is not practical. I still got a few plasticy things like cloth diaper fasteners not recyclable but very small trash compared to disposal and even compared to other types of cloth with pul covers over each diaper I have second hand covers and upcycled wool covers. I bought a professional grade snap press for wool diaper covers cloth pads repairing clothes and now am making fabric budgeting envelopes not zero waste because plastic and synthetic material but long lasting and durable compared with paper.

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  147. Research what other household products can be composted- right now I stick to kitchen waste, but my husband wants to compost tissues, so we are seeing what else can be thrown in the pile. Also, looking at what can be upcycled if it can't be recycled. I love the idea of upcycling the bamboo toothbrushes into plant markers. I grow my veggies from seeds, so this would be a great way to keep track of what each plant is!

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  148. To reduce my waste this week, I will only shop with re-usable bags. So happy to have found your blog!

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  149. I got a strawesome glass straw a couple weeks ago and been using it oh so often.
    By now the only trash I really produce is the packaging of hummus and crackers when I am travelling. I will try to make even more hummus when I am staying anywhere with a blender and use veggies instead of crackers!

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  150. I switched my whole family yesterday to bulk shampoo and conditioner in mason jars!

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  151. I hope I win this toothbrush! I'm skipping an afternoon Starbucks treat this week to reduce waste.

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  152. Buy less packaged foods and make sure I recycle everything I can! I will also makes my own hummus, nut butters, and chocolate.

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  153. I'm specifically working to reduce plastic use. Bought some glass straws. So glad I found this site with all the tips and help to live a better life, leaving a better world!

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  154. I will bring a container to pack up my compost as I go!

    -Kelsey
    www.alittlerosemaryandtime.com

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  155. This week I will purchase bus tokens on a card that can be refilled with fares, so I don't need small paper bus transfers every time I ride.

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  156. This week I will start refusing plastic bags when I go shopping (I am swamped in plastic) and instead use my reuseable ones. I will give back the mountains of paper napkins and plastic utensils that come when I order takeaway food!

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  157. Im in the market for a new tooth brush. Taking all the facts into consideration, I will for sure be buying one that is more sustainable! I tired the one from trader joes made out of recycled yogurt cups and didnt really like it, though. The brussels weren't firm enough! But, that probably says more about me than it does about the tooth brush :)

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    1. I also pledge to reduce my waste this week! Recently I have pledged to not buy beer from the store, and instead brew all of by own beer at home using recycled bottles. Its just the start, so I have to get into a good rhythm so that I won't have to buy anymore from the store! I have also started doing the same with Kombucha. Hopefully each week my waste from drinks will continue to go down! I just don't know what to do about juices! Do any of you have any suggestions?

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  158. I will use reuseable grocery bags instead of taking the plastic ones from the store.

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  159. I pledge to do this week's shopping with re-useable bags!

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  160. This week one more step! I start to use baking soda shampoo. 1 part baking soda per 3 parts water.I like to add honey and some drops of my favorite essential oil ( a mix of ylang ylang, cardamon and orange).I rinse my hair with apple cider vinegar mixed with water. I get the apple cyder vinegar from town, just bring my cristal bottle and fill it up with the vinegar that I get! :)

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  161. I'll make sure I remember to take my reusable bag shopping with me! Simple, but it always slips my mind!

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  162. 'm a mom of 2 and eliminating waste, especially plastic, is HARD with kids. This is something I can do! I also plan to pick up some glass jars from someone in my local Buy Nothing Group to use instead of buying new plastic food storage containers.

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  163. I'm going to use reusable containers instead of plastic bags for lunch.

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  164. I will make sure that I compost everything I possibly can this week, rather than getting lazy and throwing food waste in the trash bin when I am out and don't have a compost bin convenient. Even though that will mean carrying my food waste with me until I can get home to my compost bin, it will be worth it to reduce my trash output!

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  165. use reusable bags instead of plastic bags

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  166. I stoped using plastic bottles for my water, now I used a jar, also I want to stop usin plastic bags and reduce de things that I buy. You have inspired me so much! I really want to make a change in my life.

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  167. I think my favorite part of this was using it as a garden label. :D

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  168. Muito legal essa escova! Assim que der vou comprar sim :) Obrigada pela dica.

    Beijos!

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  169. I have stopped using plastic ware in my kitchen and replaced everything with glass or cast iron. Also I have everything to make toothpaste (except essential oil) and laundry detergent.

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  170. I love the idea with reusing the old toothbruches. I have always thrown mine away but I won't no more!

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  171. I'm in and am pledging to lower my waste not just this week but all month.

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  172. I really like this toothbrush. I am buying in bulk, recycling and will be creating a compost pile this spring.

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  173. You are so inspiring. I would love to hear about your cosmetic products that you use daily. :)

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  174. This is super-inspiring! I recently started making my own face wash and body wash. It looks like homemade zero-waste toothpaste is this week's project!

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  175. This id a wonderful school project as well. We will be uding only reusable bags for Shopping. I will give my son 2 jars to start. Already omitted trash can in his room and in ours. We do our own deodorant now and will be making tooth paste. I think it will take awhile for all of us. But for a 13 year old a bit longer.

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  176. This id a wonderful school project as well. We will be uding only reusable bags for Shopping. I will give my son 2 jars to start. Already omitted trash can in his room and in ours. We do our own deodorant now and will be making tooth paste. I think it will take awhile for all of us. But for a 13 year old a bit longer.

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  177. Grow a neem tree in your backyard. Nibble on A small piece of the bark for your daily dental hygiene. You can use a twig to clean your tounge and gargle with water. All of these are perfectly compostable.

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  178. To get these shipped to the Netherlands, imagine all the waste, toxic fumes!

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  179. I will stop using condoms

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    1. use these instead! http://sustaincondoms.com/our-products/ please be safe, be healthy, be smart, use condoms - Lauren uses these!

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  180. I started making my own household cleaners a couple of years ago and will start making my own toothpaste today!!

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  181. I started making my own household cleaners a couple of years ago and will start making my own toothpaste today!!

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  182. Thank your for sharing this post! It’s just so amazing!
    I can’t wait to read a new one!

    Diana Cloudlet
    http://www.dianacloudlet.com/

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