January 23, 2021|
4 min read
Dentists have been championing flossing for generations and it is proven to help remove plaque and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. However, a lot of conventional dental floss is not recyclable and definitely not biodegradable or plastic-free. This leaves big question marks over the sustainability of flossing, especially given the daily use aspect and the amount that is thrown away on a regular occurrence.
With 30% of Brits flossing, this means a lot of waste to be dealt with and due to the poor efficiency of recycling in the UK. It’s likely a lot of the dental floss used in this country ends up in landfill or being incinerated.
In this blog we highlight the best eco-friendly and biodegradable floss alternatives available in the UK made by natural dental care brands. These eco dental floss options offer an effective way of continuing to floss and improve your oral health, whilst being better for our planet and our oceans. Alongside being environmentally-friendly, the options featured are vegan dental floss alternatives.
It is important to note that there are other natural and biodegradable floss brands, however these mostly use silk or beeswax – making them not vegan-friendly.
Biodegradable Floss Picks – From £5.99 (30 pack)
These eco dental floss sticks are great for those looking to find a greener version without swapping over to dental floss string.
Created by Californian brand Knotty Floss, these floss picks have a charcoal infused bamboo fibre. Alongside being more gentle on your teeth compared to conventional plastic floss, the charcoal is also anti-bacterial and helps boost blood circulation which in turn can improve gum health.
The handle of the floss stick is made from biodegradable corn starch so after use you can either compost if you have a good compost or take to your local processing facility. The floss sticks are also packaged in biodegradable plastic so all in all, these floss picks are an effective eco-friendly and zero waste option for those looking for green alternatives to disposable plastic dental floss.
If you are looking for an environmentally-friendly and plastic-free dental floss string, then this reusable dental floss by Georganics is a very popular option. The floss, like the sticks, is made with sustainable bamboo charcoal and it has a minty flavour due to peppermint essential oil being added.
In total, the floss clew is 30 metres long meaning it’s very long lasting. The packaging is completely plastic-free as it is contained in a glass jar with metal container which has a handy dispensing lid for easy eco flossing! The floss is also PETA certified cruelty-free and vegan as Georganics recently replaced the beeswax in this product with candelilla wax.
To use the floss it is quite simple, you pull out about 30 centimetres of floss and roll it around your finger and floss away. The great thing about this floss as well is that you can buy 2 x 30 metre refills for £6.90 making it even more affordable whilst reducing packaging waste.
Georganics also have a wide range of natural and organic toothpastes and mouthwashes all handmade in their West Sussex workshop. They are a zero waste company which is committed to being plastic-free using reusable glass jars, metal lids and kraft paper for their packaging. You can discover Georganics full range here.
A similar alternative to Georganic’s floss is this bamboo dental floss by White Teeth Box. It is packaged in glass jar with metal dispensing lid and this time comes with free UK delivery with same day dispatch. There are a range of packs to choose from including the 6 pack where you save £1.20, making this a very affordable dental floss option.
White Teeth Box have a range of other zero waste and and eco-friendly dental products including bamboo toothbrushes, charcoal toothpowder as well as gift boxes, you can see their entire range here.
If you are looking for more environmentally-friendly and zero waste dental care products, you can discover our entire range here including plastic-free toothpaste, mouthwash, toothbrushes and of course biodegradable floss!