I'm trying to find a "greener" toothpaste that's also vegan *and* has fluoride. I bought one variety (Nature's Gate? I forget), and after I used it the first time, I realised it didn't have fluoride. *sigh* I'm currently using a high fluoride paste that I got from the dentist, and while it seems to be free of animal products, I don't think the company is very green or veg-friendly. I'd prefer something peppermint (allergic to spearmint and wintergreen, and weirded out by non-mint flavors).
Is there such a thing as a vegan sensitive toothpaste? The active ingredient in sensitive pastes is not animal-derived, but I haven't been able to find it in a vegan paste from a reputable company. (I think what my husband's using now that actually works has potassium nitrate.) I keep googling, but with no luck so far.
And, finally, green dishwasher detergent! I tried Method tablets awhile ago (different home, different dishwasher), and they never seemed to dissolve properly. I got about two washes out of each tablet, but I'm not convinced that made for the most well-rinsed dishes for the first load. ;) Anyhow, I'm not sure if it was the dishwasher or not, so I hate to seek these things out again only to find out they STILL don't work that well. I'm currently using some green and vegan concentrate the little market by our house carries. The price is good, but I'm not convinced it's rinsing very well. We have to be VERY careful not to overload the dishwasher with the soap (1 tablespoon is too much, and one teaspoon is probably ideal, per load), or we get a white film on everything. Our dishwasher is TERRIBLE anyway, and not a heck of a lot better than a sanitizer (if that: we only have water jets on the bottom of the machine, and no dispenser for Jet Dry/rinse agents/vinegar), so I need something that washes and rinses easy, and won't wreak environmental havoc.
It's so frustrating to buy these things by trial and error, because I have limited storage space where we're at (in the past, I'd just buy a new product and save a disappointing product for emergencies/backup), and if I'm really disappointed in something (like the fluoride-less toothpaste), it's an awful lot of waste.
If it helps, I'm in the US, in East Bay/San Francisco bay area, so I've got some luck on my side when it comes to finding greener and vegan products.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions :)