Dental care is an indispensable part of our daily routine and often a lot of plastic wastes result from it. From toothbrushes, toothpastes, mouthwash, to the tiny plastic container with dental floss in it - how can we keep oral/ dental care procedures low waste?
Here’s a bit of background info, regular dental floss is usually made of various types of plastics - Nylon string (petroleum based plastic), Teflon coating (a Perfluorinated chemical (PFC) which is known for its non-stick qualities) and Synthetic wax coating (also petroleum based). *Note: Many studies have shown that PFCs link to serious health problems, such as cancer, infertility, liver and immune system disorders.*
Dental Lace offers 100% silk dental floss in a dainty little glass container with stainless steel cap. The floss has a a Candelilla wax coating which is vegan and fully compostable. There’s no plastic spools involved and the floss is refillable. Overall, the product (incl. packaging) is beautifully plastic-free, except for the plastic label on the glass container. I first thought the switch to silk dental floss would be easy but turns out it takes some time to get used to it. The silk floss is thicker and slightly rougher which makes its harder to use in tight spots especially if your teeth are close together.
Electronic water flosser is another zero waste option. A jet of compressed air and water are ejected through the nozzle to clean the spaces between teeth and along the gum line. It does clean thoroughly and you simply need to refill the water tank before each use.
Where to buy:
HK delivery: plasticfreehk.com