GASP! Our fave, natural toothpaste (“family”) company sells out to a mega company, corporation ! I guess that means we’ll have to find another toothpaste brand or perhaps this should propel us to make our own. It’s not that hard to make your own using simple ingredients you can find in your kitchen cupboard. Making Your Own Toothpaste and Tooth Powder
Maybe it’s a good sign that the main stream tide is turning towards natural products? Either way, after 15 years of buying this brand, it just won’t feel the same.
Colgate Purchasing Tom’s of Maine
Tom’s of Maine co-founders Tom and Kate Chappell said, “We chose Colgate as our partner because they have the global expertise to help take Tom’s of Maine to the next level. Just as importantly, we see Colgate as an excellent fit with our own cultural values. Colgate has a commitment to product excellence, to global efforts to promote oral health and has a 200-year history of caring for consumers and for giving back to the community. We are excited by Colgate’s desire to continue Tom’s of Maine leadership and heritage in natural care.”
The sun came out today, everything smelled and felt fresh. Perfect!
Here’s a shot of the newly redesigned solar shower, on right is our large hand cranked composter (aka “big green”). The weather hasn’t been conducive to outdoor showers, but soon the new shower should be used. The water will drain into a gravel pit and permeate into the surrounding soil watering the plants and adding moisture to the adjacent compost bin.
A new addition to the urban homestead arrived today – sun composter. With our having so much green and kitchen waste that already fills to capacity our worm bin, 2 bin composters (from the City of Pasadena), “big green” crank-composter and a “compost” pile of green plant waste that we stack in animal enclosure we figured another compost system would be helpful.
The Scrap Eater is the only truly solar-powered composter. A warm environment accelerates the composting process. Using conventional techniques a compost pile at least 3 ft. across is needed to obtain the necessary elevated temperatures. To compensate, the Sun Frost Scrap Eater uses solar architectural techniques, glazing and insulation to attain elevated temperatures. The insulated walls of the composting chamber trap solar heat collected through the dome, along with heat generated internally by respiration of composting microbes. A unique feature of this insulation is its ability to keep the heat in, while it allows oxygen to freely flow to the composting microbes.
Plants growing in the soil on the perimeter of the Scrap Eater feed directly off nutrients that you create in the composting section. This miniature ecosystem composts food scraps in a sealed compartment so you can display the Scrap Eater on a deck, porch or even an apartment patio without concern about odors, insects or animals.