It's surprisingly quick and easy to make your own zero waste toothpaste. Just follow the simple steps below.
Baking Soda 4 TBSP
Alkaline, neutralises acidity in your mouth.
2) Bentonite Clay 4 TBSP
Alkaline, neutralises acidity in your mouth.
Rich in minerals.
3) Xylitol 4 TBSP
Reduces bacteria that cause cavities.
Adds sweetness without the sugar!
4) Peppermint Essential Oil (optional, but recommended) 25 DROPS
To give you that minty fresh feeling!
5) Water 2 or 3 TBSP
To create the texture of a paste.
1. Avoiding any metal utensils, stir all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Add the water.
3. Add the peppermint essential oil.
4. Add more or less water, depending on how thick you like your paste.
If you want to scale the recipe up or down, simply use equal parts of all dry ingredients, and add water and peppermint to your taste.
You can get all of these ingredients plastic free...
1) 1 CUP OF OATS
2) 4 CUPS OF FILTERED WATER
3) 1 tsp VANILLA ESSENCE
4) A DATE
5) A PINCH OF SALT
1) Cover the oats in a bowl with tap water and let them soak for 15 minutes.
2) Sieve the oats, discarding the water, and rinse the oats thoroughly under the tap.
3) Add the oats, the optional ingredients, and 3 cups of filtered water to a high speed blender. Blend for 1-2 minutes.
4) Add up to a cup more water depending on your desired consistency.
5) Sieve the mixture through two sieves, TWICE, in order to remove any remaining solids. You should have a creamy liquid.
6) Transfer and store in a glass airtight container.
Store in the fridge for up to 6 days. But do not heat the mixture as it will turn gelatinous.
Enjoy on your cereal or in a mega milkshake!
Conventional dairy milk is extremely wasteful, harmful to the environment, and to...
As vegans, we're asked these questions all the time. Do vegans eat honey? The answer is no. Why not? Because vegans do not eat animals or exploit other creatures, and that includes honey bees.
Bees do not make honey for us, they make it for their hive. To take it from them when they have no possible way to consent to producing honey for us is morally and ethically wrong, and does not align itself with the veganlifestyle.
Commercial beehives built to allow humans to take honey from bees are not natural; they are engineered. The queen bee is manipulated to remain in the hive, and her worker bees will not desert her. When humans want to steal their honey, honey bees are forcibly subdued and intentionally made confused, before the honey they made for themselves is taken from them and sold for profit.
There are a number of other reasons vegans can't eat honey.
The most reliable and comprehensive books for learning about privilege and oppression are classified as textbooks, meaning that they are marketed primarily to educators and they are more pricey than other books. I have listed the most reader-friendly and comprehensive ones that I know of here. If you want to choose only one book to read, I recommend either the first or second ones, which provide the most comprehensive and reader-friendly overview of the subject.
Many vegans believe that outreach that's inclusive, meaning that it reflects privilege-literacy and sensitivity to forms of oppression other than animal oppression, is unstrategic because it would cause them to sell the animals short. Most, if not all, vegans who feel this way are those whose privilege-literacy is limited. The assumption that we must be strategic or inclusive – that we can't be strategic and inclusive – is a false dichotomy. In fact, the very opposite is true: our unexamined privilege prevents us from recognizing the strategic importance of inclusiveness, causing us to act unstrategically as well as unethically, so that we end up with a lose-lose model.
#ARmetoo is a good example of the damage a lack of inclusiveness can do to the vegan movement. Unexamined male privilege, and the insensitivity to the oppression of women it causes, has created a climate where...
More farmed animals are slaughtered in a single week than the total number of people killed in all wars throughout human history.(1)(2) And the main hope for the animals, at this point in time, is the vegan movement. So the animals depend on us, vegan advocates and, by extension, our organizations, to ensure that the movement is as powerful – as empowered – as possible, to lessen and prevent the bloodshed.
Social justice movements such as the vegan movement are only as empowered as they are unified. Unification is not the same as uniformity, which is similarity or sameness, of opinions, behaviors, etc. Unification is the sense of connectedness and solidarity that comes, in large part, from trusting that members of the group are committed to acting in the best interest of one and another and of their shared mission – that they are committed to integrity, which is the integration of values (e.g., compassion and justice) and practices. We simply can't feel unified...
This is the second installment in a series of essays designed to raise awareness of unexamined privilege in the vegan movement and to encourage productive dialogue so that the movement becomes more unified and empowered. This essay builds on the previous one, so if you haven't yet read that one, please do so here.
In this essay, I describe some of the ways our unexamined privilege affects our perceptions and drives our behaviors, as well as how it can affect those around us. When we become aware of our privilege and its impacts, we're less influenced by it and are better able to make choices that reflect what we authentically think and feel, rather than what our privilege has caused us to think and feel.
Many of the issues listed here are well-documented phenomena in the social sciences. Others are based on my own conclusions drawn from my own research, my analyses of other research, and my experience doing social justice work over the past 20 years, including my...
So far, this series of essays has covered the basics of what privilege is, how it can affect ourselves and others and weaken the vegan movement, and how we can become privilege-literate, so that we can more effectively work to create a better world for all beings. This final installment discusses some practical steps we can take to change the dynamics of privilege and oppression in the vegan movement, whether we're in the position of being privileged or of challenging privilege.
This essay is divided into two parts. The first is about what we can do to become a part of the solution when we're members of a privileged group. The second is about how we can invite others to become a part of the solution when we're members of, or are speaking out about, an oppressed group – how we can communicate in a way that increases the chances that our message will be heard and heeded.
We don't have control over whether we're privileged or not,...