The most commonly used floss brands are coated in Teflon (a plastic known as PTFE which does not break down over time). Dental floss is also often flushed down the toilet, eventually arriving in the ocean and thus on beaches and in marine animals throughout the world. This is a growing problem even amongst environmentally conscious populations because small toiletry items such as cotton swabs, dental floss, and their packaging are not typically thought of as “recycling items” and they routinely get tossed in the garbage. As many as 700 million plastic floss containers are discarded each year resulting in as much as 9 million pounds of non-renewable, non-recycled floss containers and their wasteful secondary packaging such as boxes and plastic blister cards that end up in landfills each year. Look for dental floss brands featuring a biodegradable container and non-plastic floss such as Dr. Tung’s Smart Floss, available at Whole Foods andAmazon.com.
We urge you to think of other plastic household items that can be substituted with cardboard instead, such as tampon applicators, water bottles and of course plastic bags. We can make a difference at reducing plastic in the ocean by buying biodegradable products instead of plastic.
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