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.”
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Solar shower

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.

Solar composter

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.
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  1. Jeff says:

    I love all of the pictures that you post of your projects. Would it be possible to allow clicking on the photo to get a larger version of the picture?

  2. Maria says:

    I was just thinking about making my current tube of toothpaste my last. Thanks for sharing the link, and a great model for living.

  3. Peggy says:

    We have been using plain baking soda for years without any ill effect. Upon occasion, doubling up with H2O2 works. Each of us have our own mug by the sink. We have tried different types of herbal additions, but prefer the plain baking soda. This is a great opportunity for you to create just the type of product that you would like for less cost and less fuel usage.

  4. Nancy Kelly says:

    Can you update us on how the composter works? It looks great and I am tempted to order one. Would not order one till fall, as summer is too hot in Phoenix anyway, but it could be great for next winter.

    Appreciate your inspiration day by day. I probably take one little step in the right direction for every 10 of yours, but every bit counts, and you keep my enthusiasm high.


  5. gerry medland says:

    Great inspiration on the toothpaste front!The hard work input to update your site is truly appreciated,it is a living inspiration!I am adding to my chook numbers with some silkies(2)and possibly 3 more bantams,not sure what type til I get em!
    blessings to you all!

  6. Anais says:


    Thanks for your positive comments, we like taking photos, so we are glad you enjoy them.

    Once the new website is up we will be adding new touches to the site – like making you be able to click to a larger resolution.

    Stay tuned!