Crest toothpaste imbeds plastic in our gums

This is polyethylene:


Did you know that polyethylene is the most common plastic in the world? It is used primarily for containers and packaging, such as these bottles and plastic grocery bags, and has been a concern for the environment because polyethylene lasts practically forever and isn’t biodegradable. It only breaks down into smaller and smaller particles until you can’t see it anymore. That’s why a couple of states are trying to ban it in body scrubs and dental products.

This is also polyethylene:

Well, not all of it. Most of it is toothpaste. But do you see those blue specks? That’s plastic. This is the suggested pea-sized amount that you should use when you brush your teeth. Yes, there is plastic in this toothpaste.

Want to see how many pieces of plastic are in this exact sample?


Not that I’m counting the bits but that seriously looks like A LOT of plastic… err…high density polyethylene. That’s what plastic trash cans are made from! If you throw away the box like most people do, the ingredients aren’t actually listed on the tube (sneaky, sneaky, Procter & Gamble!) However, I was able to track down the box here at this link. We’re not talking about polyethylene glycol, which is soluble in water. This stuff won’t dissolve in water, or even acetone or alcohol for that matter. How do I know it won’t dissolve? Because I put on my little scientist hat and tested it.

Like many of you, we often let our daughter pick out her own toothpaste at the store. She liked the tween vibe of this particular product so much that she chose it twice, but eventually the squeezed-out tubes ended up in the back of her toothpaste drawer.


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Pantry Moths in Your Lunch?

A Super-Gross Reason to Avoid Processed Supermarket Food

You’ll be shocked how the disgusting pantry moths and their larvae get into your food.

Steve Holt

Moth-cerealIf you’ve opened the pantry door or a bag of rice and had a moth fly in your face, you may have wondered: How did the bug get in there?

Sarah Bryce asked herself that question when she found a pantry moth larva burrowed into a banana she had picked up to eat, before discovering dozens more inside packages of dry food in the cupboard of her Boston apartment.

“We were so disgusted,” Bryce remembers. “We just started pitching stuff. They were honestly in everything—inside cardboard boxes, and inside the plastic bags inside the boxes.”

After throwing away all her dry food except for a few items—“probably $100 worth”—Bryce bleached the cupboard and hoped she’d solved the problem. But no. A day later, while pulling something down from the cupboard, she looked up and saw, in a crack in the ceiling, what looked like insect pupa. Disgusted again and motivated to drive the unwanted pests from her home, Bryce set out to learn everything she could about the lifecycles of pantry moths, and how they—and their eggs—got in her food.

What she found would be perhaps the most disgusting revelation of all: that she’d most likely purchased the affected products from the supermarket with the pests and their eggs already living there.

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