Plastic Floss V. Natural Floss.

Our Choose This, Not That series compares environmentally damaging every day products with their eco-friendly counterparts, to help you discover what's out there decide which products are right for you. This article compares conventional, plastic-based dental floss with natural, plastic-free dental floss. And we give you a full overview of the two different plastic-free dental floss products stocked at The Eco Shop including Georganics Floss and EcoLiving Floss. 

Plastic-Based Dental Floss

Conventional dental floss is not recyclable and it is definitely not biodegradable as it's made from plastic fibres, meaning after it's 2 minute use, it heads straight for landfill where it will sit for many years to come. Considering how many of us floss, that's an awful lot of waste heading to landfill each year! Conventional floss is usually housed in a plastic container which is often not recyclable, so the packaging may end up in landfill as well. Being such a small piece of litter, dental floss often gets swept up in the disposal process and ends up in the ocean. Floss, designed specifically not to tear, is a real problem in the ocean. Like other plastics, it can end up suffocating marine animals, or making its way into their stomachs, where it often stays for years, causing serious health issues. Conventional floss is usually waxed as well, by using perfluorinated chemicals which have been the target of numerous health studies in recent years.
 
Fortunately, there are many natural alternatives available which are 100% plastic-free, zero waste and toxin-free, and are equally as effective at flossing your teeth!
Natural floss is generally plant based, vegan, palm oil-free, and sustainable. Although if you are specifically shopping for vegan wax, make sure that you buy one which doesn't contain beeswax and instead uses organic oils. The floss itself is often made from renewable vegetable fibres. Less greenhouse gases are used in their creation, and all packaging and materials are either compostable or recyclable.
Here are some of the plastic free dental floss options available at The Eco Shop UK.

Georganics Spearmint Natural Floss  

Georganics spearmint dental floss

Specifics:  

  • Compostable Corn Floss - Plastic free floss that can be composted
  • Compostable Packaging - Reduce landfill waste by composting the box 
  • Refillable Dispenser - Top up the glass dispenser with the refill packs 
  • Fluoride Free - This floss is all natural and doesn’t contain Fluoride
  • Vegan & Cruelty Free 

Materials: Corn PLA Floss, Vegetable Wax, Mentha Spicata Herb Oil, Organic, 100% Natural.

The natural dental floss by Georganics in spearmint flavour is made from compostable corn-base PLA, coated with vegetable wax and organic spearmint oil. This oil is a strong antiseptic, so this natural floss will help eliminate germs and promotes healing in your gums. Georganics Dental Floss is certified Vegan & Cruelty-free and completely biodegradable.

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Georganics Charcoal Natural Floss  

georganics charcoal dental floss natural plastic free

Specifics:

  • Compostable Corn Floss - Plastic free floss that can be composted
  • Compostable Packaging - Reduce landfill waste by composting the box 
  • Refillable Dispenser - Top up the glass dispenser with the refill packs 
  • Fluoride Free - This floss is all natural and doesn’t contain Fluoride
  • Vegan & Cruelty Free 

Materials: Charcoal Powder, Corn PLA Floss, Vegetable Wax, Mentha Piperita Oil, Organic, 100% Natural.

This natural floss is made from a blend of charcoal fibres and compostable corn-base PLA, coated with vegetable wax and organic peppermint oil. Studies have shown peppermint oil to be extremely effective at killing anaerobic bacteria, left untreated this bacteria can cause gum disease.  Georganics Dental Floss is certified Vegan & Cruelty-free and completely biodegradable.

Eco Floss Plant Based Vegan Dental Floss  

 eco floss by ecoliving natural plastic free vegan dental floss
Specifics:
  • Plant-based
  • Vegan
  • Sustainable
  • Made from renewable resources - uses 80% fewer greenhouse gases than regular floss
  • Plant-based material from a previously wasted by-product from the food industry
  • Biodegradable without pollution
  • No GMOs
  • No Palm Oil