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Zero Waste Toothpaste: Noice Dental Gel Review

Everything You Need To Know About The All-Natural Organic Whitening Toothpaste With A Recyclable Glass Container!

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Finally! A Toothpaste That Keeps Both Our Teeth And The Ocean Clean!

Hey Eco Fam! I promise you’ll love this product as much as I do!

Want naturally whiter teeth while doing good for the planet? Read on!

In the United States, an estimated 400 million toothpaste tubes end up in the landfill—and more than a billion world-wide.

Unfortunately, not all toothpaste tubes can be recycled because they’re a combination of different plastics and only a thin layer of aluminum.

Even toothpaste tubes that claim they can be recycled can only actually be recycled in special facilities (like Colgate or Terra Cycle) and not your local recycling center—they’ll just take them off of the sorting belt and toss them along with trash. For more on recycling tips, check out my article on recycling 101.

So imagine how excited I was when I came across a company called NOICE [Dental Gel] that’s packaged in recyclable glass and qualifies for curbside recycling.

The product itself is an all-natural, organic and vegan black-colored gel that cleans, whitens and leaves your breath feeling fresher than any traditional toothpaste out on the market. And the packaging is glass with a plastic pump that can be transferred and reused on a new bottle if you decide to purchase refills.

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First Impressions

I was pleasantly surprised with the scent, taste and cleaning power of this natural toothpaste. It’s actually a gel and all I had to do was easily pump two pea sized amounts of it onto my toothbrush and go at it.

Now, I brush my teeth twice a day, which makes them pretty clean already, but the NOICE gel gave my teeth a smooth finish that I only experience at the hands of my hygienist when I get my yearly [professional] cleaning. Not to mention the fact that they appear whiter every time I brush—I believe it’s due to the activated charcoal which is an Ingredient in this all-natural toothpaste.

My breath also feels like I have just used mouthwash—only it doesn’t sting the way mouthwash does. So the fact that my teeth felt like a brand new waxed car, appeared a shade whiter and my breath smelled amazing the very first time I brushed with this product, makes this zero-waste toothpaste a definite recommendation.

Ingredients

Courtesy of NOICE

The NOICE toothpaste gel is made up of 99.3% all-natural and organic botanical ingredients. This means that this all-natural toothpaste is healthy for both you and the environment.

Below are some of the effective ingredients you’ll find in NOICE which all work perfectly to provide you with healthy teeth and gums:

  • Bamboo derived charcoal
  • Licorice 
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Anise seed oil
  • Chamomile
  • Organic Peppermint
  • Menthol
  • Citrus
  • Sage
  • Tea tree
  • Soy-derived Lecithin
  • Glycerin
  • Cellulose Gum
  • Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate

Affordable Subscription Plan

Image Courtesy of NOICE

If you choose to go with a subscription plan, you’ll receive a glass bottle with pump, plus two additional refill bottles in your first package—all while paying less than $5 a month! A new box is delivered every 4 months and you can skip, postpone or cancel at anytime!

No more having to buy a subpar toothpaste tube every month that just ends up in the landfill.

For More Info On How NOICE natural toothpaste works, check out their video below!

Source: YouTube: Noice

Student Invents Biodegradable Packaging From Pineapple Leaves

Student In The Philippines Turns Discarded Pineapple Leaves Into Biodegradable Packaging, Diverting Waste.


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A student in the Philippines by the name of Patricia Mangulabnan has invented a sustainable alternative to plastic packaging using discarded pineapple leaves called Pinyapel—a paper created from said discarded pineapple leaves. She calls this innovative and eco-friendly sustainable packaging “Sprout”.

Sprout is lined with seeds, which encourages people to plant the packaging post-use. The seeds are non-invasive and contribute to a greener planet. It’s also a great way to divert people from littering.

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The Philippines is one of the largest producers of Pineapple fruits in the world; which means that pineapple leaves turn into agricultural waste post harvest.

Sprout not only helps to give agricultural waste a purpose, but it eliminates the need for plastic packaging—killing two birds with one stone.

The packaging also contains printed ink made entirely from organic soy. The inner lining is made from rice paper—an edible starch, to keep food further protected.

Below are a few images from Patricia’s Instagram account. Feel free to click on any image and give this incredible young environmentalist a follow! We’re sure she’ll come up with even more solutions to waste problems in the future!

Instagram: Patmangu
Instagram: PatMangu
Instagram: Pat Mangu
Instagram: PatMangu
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Funny Environmental Commercials

A collection of environmental awareness commercials that will have you laughing out loud!

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Littering, de-forestation, plastic pollution…all of those things and more occur on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the seriousness of these things. So when it comes to raising awareness, sometimes the best way to grab someone’s attention, especially regarding environmental issues, is through humor.

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These genius environmental commercials do just that —they grab your attention with humor, and make you remember how very real these environmental issues truly are.

Though a bit quirky, these commercials are educational and memorable. In a strange, but good way, they make you remember to be a more conscious person when it comes to the environment, and that’s a good thing.

So take a few minutes out of your day and watch a few—laughter is good for the soul.

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Noice: Zero Waste Toothpaste

Source: YouTube: Noice

We love this hilarious commercial because it stars the co-founder of Noice (a zero waste toothpaste company) and how transparent they are with their ingredients—they hide nothing—just like Clement. If you’d like to know more about the product, visit their website here!

Source: YouTube: Noice


Honest Government Ad: We’re F***’d

Source: YouTube: The Juice Media

This hilarious environmental commercial is brutally honest. A government spokesperson showcases all the horrible environmental issues going on throughout the world but later on encourages people to do something about it. The highlight of this video is toward the end, where we’re reminded of people trying to raid Area 51 instead of focusing on more important things. It’s definitely worth a watch.

Real Men Do Laundry

Source: YouTube: Tru Earth

This environmental commercial is all about switching to eco-friendly laundry strips which are available on their Tru Earth Store and are much kinder to your health and the environment. The main character is incredibly cheesy and full of himself which makes this commercial hilarious. The funniest line in this commercial is “every time you click, a baby turtle gets to go to college” (referring to a 30 day free trial).

Kia Niro / Hero’s Journey

Source: Youtube: AdTV

This environmental commercial stars actress Melissa McCarthy and was played during Super Bowl 51. In this commercial, Melissa keeps getting tasked to save trees, sea creatures and more—unfortunately, she getting hurt in the process which makes this commercial oh so humorous.

Josh Thrower – Waste Management- A Mighty Good Can

Source: YouTube / Jay Throw

This waste management commercial has two dumpsters singing a parody of Sal-N-Peppa’s “What A Man” song, then cracking a cheesy joke. It’s so bad that it makes you chuckle.

#CleanSeas Break-Up PSA: “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

Source: Youtube / UN Environment Programme

This funny environmental commercial is about a woman on a date with a plastic bottle, and breaking the relationship off. “It’s not you, it’s me” she says to the bottle as she pulls out a stainless steel reusable water bottle.

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You Can Do Something To Save The Earth, Just Follow The Frog

Source: YouTube/ The Funny Channel 7

This funny environmental commercial is about the importance of buying products that contain the Rainforest Alliance certification. The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests to make responsible business the new normal. 

Moderately Funny – Environment

Source: Youtube / Flatbush Misdemeanors

This environmental commercial is so awkward that it makes you break down and laugh toward the end. It’s about a guy who is trying to get people to sign a petition to help the environment, but everyone ignores him. Finally, when someone does stop to talk to him, he has no idea what to talk about.

Final Straw Commercial

Source: YouTube / FinalStraw

If you’re familiar with the product “Final Straw”, then you’ll love their funny commercial about avoiding plastic straws and opting for reusable ones. The Star of the commercial is a mermaid who kind of just hovers above the ground (mermaid tail and all).

Funny Eko-Kom Czech Waste Recycling Campaigns

Source: YouTube / Funny Commercials

The premise of this environmental commercial is to show the importance of putting trash and recycling products where they belong—in bins and not the ground—“life makes sense when everything is in its place”. You then get a good laugh at different occupations switching places and how awkward it would be in real life if that were to happen.

Conservation Commerial About Karma

Source: YouTube / OnlyTheBestAds

This hilarious environmental commercial shows a trickle down effect of bad things happening after one person decides to throw a bottle into the street and litter.

Water Crisis In the Navajo Nation: How The Lack Of Water Supply Increased Covid-19 Cases

The Navajo Nation just surpassed New York State in Covid-19 Cases—here’s a look at why and how you can help.

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Currently, around 40 percent of residents in the Navajo Nation do not have running water within their homes. This means that amenities such as toilets, sinks and showers, are nonexistent for a third of the native people living in the southwestern United States.

That’s a pretty significant percentage, considering the fact that the Navajo Nation spans across 27,000 miles with over 200,000 members residing on the reservation.

And this lack of indoor plumbing, led to a very serious problem—a rise in confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst tribe members.

As of July 28, 2020, there are 8,927 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Navajo Nation, according to the National Department of Health.

To properly fight Covid-19, frequent hand washing is a must. But, for a majority of the Navajo community, it’s nearly impossible.

Many must travel to acquire water from a community well, and haul it back in tanks. Others venture outside of the reservation just to buy bottled water, placing their health at risk.

It’s heartbreaking to see so many people live without such basic needs like water, but one nonprofit organization is working to make a change.

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You can help bring running water to Native residents by donating to the Navajo Water Project, which is a program of DIGDEEP, a human rights nonprofit organization.

DIGDEEP brings clean, running water and solar power to disadvantaged families in need; particularly in areas of the country where such amenities are almost non existent—like the Navajo Nation.

The project involves setting up home water systems that can hold 1200 gallons of hot and cold water, which is delivered in food grade trucks from local water sources.

Each water and solar power system costs around 4 thousand dollars —that’s why the the Navajo Water Project depends on donations to help as many families as possible. So, if you’ve been searching for a nonprofit organization to donate to this year, this is it.

“1 in 3 Navajo still don’t have a sink or a toilet. So we bring clean, hot and cold running water to families across New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.” – navajowaterproject.org / DigDeep

The Earth Is Healing: Now What?

Mother Nature is taking a breather—she’s healing. And it shows, literally.

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NASA Satellite data show a significant 30 percent drop in air pollution (atmospheric nitrogen dioxide) over the northeastern United States, and that’s phenomenal. The first image below is average data from March 2015-2019. The second image is recent data for March 2020. The difference is mind blowing.

Photo courtesy of NASA.gov
Photo courtesy of NASA.gov
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What now?

Now that we are witnessing our planet becoming healthier, will it change the minset of those who previously shunned the very concept of greener living? Will it sway government officials to pass more laws to conserve and protect our land and eco systems? Will it inspire a decline in corporate greed which fuels climate change acceleration? The realistic answer is most likely not, but the answer can be yes, if humanity makes a collective effort to make those desires a reality and not just wishful thinking.

The Aftermath

As cities slowly re-open and society returns to normal routine, we will most likely see people make haste to replenish what was lost—money.

People will eventually return to work in order to provide for their families, and with that said, our roads, skies and waterways will once again become major hubs for transportation. Cars, motorcycles, trucks, boats and airplanes will once again return to ejecting harmful fuel emissions that put our planet and air quality in jeopardy in the first place.

Unfortunately, this is our reality.

Hope

Although the improved state of the environment may not be sustained in the long run, we can remain hopeful due to the fact that billions of people on a global scale have become a witness to the impressive healing ability of Mother Earth—which in turn may have had a positive shift in mindset on being more eco-conscious.

Take India, for example. New Delhi is one of the most polluted cities in the world—and now its inhabitants are witnessing a visibility of Himalayan mountain peaks—a view that was practically obsolete prior to the mandate of isolation and social distancing. This phenomenon has awakened apathy in those who were asleep, and will perhaps spark activism in places where priority for environmental rights was non-existent.

Conclusion

The temporary state of a thriving earth reminds me of a famous quote by Alfred Lord Tennyson:


“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.”


It may not have lasted, but we got to experience it. Even if for a short time—and it was beautiful.