Oh Hai! Long time no speak! Talking of speaking (did that make sense?!), this post is all about teeth. I was merrily flossing my teeth morning (as merry as one can be whilst running Nylon/ Teflon thread around their chops) and thought that I totally hadn’t taken into consideration how non-eco some of my dental products are?! Who even am I?! Not only are they made from products harmful to the environment, but they also come in ridiculous plastic packaging that I’m pretty sure cannot be recycled in my area. Damn.
I also really want to make sure the floss I’m using is cruelty free, vegetarian/ vegan and in minimal plastic packaging as possible.
What are the alternatives?
Good question! Definitely don’t stop flossing as this is an essential part of your dental hygiene routine! However, I’ve done some research into some other options for more eco friendly floss to reduce our environmental impact, so you don’t have to do the leg work! I’ve tried as best I can to choose companies based in the UK, as I know that’s where most of my readers live, so I’m being conscious about our eco footprint., though I know some of the below are made outside of the UK, but resold by UK based companies. Anyways, I’m going to give one of these a try for sure…
Georganics Dental Floss
Ok, so you don’t have to convince me on this one. I’m ALL about the aesthetic! This zero waste dental floss by Geoganics definitely gets my vote! They have vegan and vegetarian options and the floss comes in a reusable glass container with a metal lid, all of which can be recycled at your local recycling centre! Their vegan option is made with bamboo charcoal fibre, candelilla wax and peppermint essential oil and the vegetarian option made with made with Ahimsa silk, Candelilla wax and Cardamom essential oil.
They also have loads of other delicious options for your bathroom, like mouth wash, tooth powder and dental supplements. All flosses cost £4.90, and refills (2 in a pack) cost £6.90. Buy through Georganics.co.uk
The White Teeth Box Biodegradable Charcoal-Infused Floss Picks (30 Pieces)
I was a bit sceptical when I first came across these as the packaging looks like plastic, however it’s not and apparently 100% biodegradable! These floss sticks are also 100% biodegradable, cruelty free and vegan! Zero waste, guilt free flossing right there folks! On the official ‘White Teeth Box’ website they are currently out of stock, which is a shame as they do packages which are reduced if you buy in bulk, example, buy three months worth for £11.85, or one pack costs £4.95, so you’d be saving some big bucks int he long run. However, you can buy from some of their affiliate sites, such as UOragnic, £4.95 for 30 pieces.
Made from 100% Biodegradeable silk, Radius Natural Silk Floss is spun by hand by Corseda fair trade coop in the mountains of Colombia. It typically breaks down in 60-90 days. The silk is spun in natural candellila plant wax and the packaging is 100% recyclable. I think these come in plastic packaging? Although it says the packaging is 100% recyclable, this may not be the case in certain areas. I guess you could always re-purpose the packaging in some way? Maybe a mini sewing kit?
You can also buy the vegan options of mint or cranberry flavour! All flosses are cruelty free and cost around £4.99. Buy through mypure.co.uk
I discovered this floss on www.anythingbutplastic.co.uk, which is a fantastic and very informative little website with some fab products for the home. They currently stock Dental Lace from America which is made of 100% Mulberry silk, coated with candellila wax (vegan) and natural mint flavouring. Although the coating is vegan, as the floss is made from silk the floss isn’t, though it is suitable for vegetarians. It comes in a pretty glass and metal bottle and you can also buy refills of the floss, so no waste! The cost is £6.50 and you can buy here.
BRISTLE Biodegradable natural dental floss
BRISTLE are based in Wales have an awesome subscription service for bamboo toothbrushes from 3.60 a month, which you can read more about here. Their floss is infused with bamboo charcoal and comes in a natural mint flavour. The fully biodegradable floss comes in 100% plastic-free, minimal recyclable packaging. According to their website, one dispenser of floss will last you up to 2 months of regular flossing. Sweet! The floss costs £3.99 and you can buy it here.
Have you tried one of these? Any other brands you love which you’ve tried and tested? I’d love to hear from you! Drop me a line in the comments below! Happy flossing (I don’t mean the dance, your teeth)!