Davids Toothpaste

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Standard toothpaste tubes generate a lot of waste, since they are not recyclable in most jurisdictions. On the other hand, all the fluoride toothpastes on the market come in plastic tubes, and I’m not about to give up fluoride, as its positive effect on dental health has been long studied and documented. The alternative I prefer to pursue is to use my fluoride toothpaste twice a day (morning and evening), and a less wasteful toothpaste during the remainder of the day (I brush my teeth after every meal). I tried the DIY route, but was concerned about the high concentration of baking soda, which I find too abrasive for my gums and teeth. Further, buying three or more products to make one is hardly what I call efficient, and generates its own level of waste.

I like Lush’s Toothy Tabs for travelling purposes, since they don’t count towards liquids in your carry on. Unfortunately, the tabs come in a plastic container; they used to come in a cardboard box, but Lush found that the tabs would become mushy after a while.

I have just purchased Davids toothpaste, which comes in an aluminium container. You can cut the container in half and clean it out before putting it in the recycling bin; I would much rather recycle aluminium than plastic. The toothpaste comes with a key to help you roll up the tube from the bottom. This toothpaste doesn’t have fluoride, so it’s my “in-beween” toothpaste. The toothpaste cleans well, and the tube is a large size. My only concern is the inability to buy future tubes without the key. I think it would make more sense for the company to sell the key separately to eliminate the need to buy one with every new tube, as this generates waste. The key is made of aluminium as well, so it can be recycled, but reducing the need to recycle would be much better.

 

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Plant-based foods are the No. 1 trend for 2018

 

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According to this article, plant-based foods are growing enormously in popularity. The recent inclusion of the Beyond Burger by A&W Canada might be a good example of this, as the company ran out of stock within two weeks. A&W Canada recently announced that the Beyond Burger will be back in stock in October, and will be a permanent feature in its menu. I was lucky enough to get one of these burgers before they sold out – sans mayonnaise, of course. The burger is delicious. I rarely buy fast food, but I will make an exception for A&W, as I want to support their effort; plus, I’m very happy that they use compostable food containers.

Major Canadian Vegan Fast Food Chain Expands To US

 

 

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According to this article, Canadian vegan chain Copper Branch will be opening outlets in the U.S. While I’m happy to hear that this company is doing so well, I would be much happier if it opened a restaurant in Halifax. I have eaten inĀ  the Copper Branch restaurants in Montreal, which is their home base. The restaurant has a very good selection of bowls, burgers, and sandwiches. So far, they have Canadian locations in Ontario, Quebec, and Alberta. According to this article, Copper Branch is looking to expand in Atlantic Canada, but the article was written in January 2018, so I’m not sure if anything will come of this. I will continue to keep my fingers crossed.