TRASH IS FOR TOSSERS x LOAM: ZERO WASTE TOOTHPASTE

WORDS: KATE WEINER

VIDEO & IMAGES: LAUREN SINGER

Last week, we launched the first segment in our "Tuesdays with Trash is for Tossers" series. For those of you who are just joining us on this zero waste journey, (1) WELCOME! and (2) we're excited to introduce you to Lauren Singer of the popular blog "Trash is for Tossers." For three years, this NYC-based environmentalist has been sharing simple swaps for learning to live with less.

A big way to reduce your carbon footprint is to practice a little DIY. Learning how to make everyday essentials is empowering, budget-friendly, and creatively nourishing. Think it'll be too time consuming? Check out Lauren's video, above, for how to whip up zero waste toothpaste in less than a minute. Making your own toothpaste minimizes plastic consumption and the use of toxic chemicals. Plus it's plain cool to see a couple basic ingredients transform into a hygiene staple.

As Lauren notes, "I began making my own products to decrease toxins and trash from my life, but what I gained was time, money, and freedom from companies telling me what I should buy, how much it needs to cost, and what they believe is best for me. Every person is different and we all like different products, scents, and ingredients. By making my four everyday products myself I now I have the ability to have each one be exactly how I want them to be!"

Couldn't have said it better myself. Alright loves, let's dive into DIY!