Post by Kent Wittenburg on Jul 22, 2020 10:20:17 GMT -5
I don't know about you, but my standard dental care includes (1) toothpaste in plastic tubes, (2) dental floss that is either nylon or related to Gore-tex that comes in plastic holders, (3) interdental cleaners that are widely available at CVS and other stores that have plastic handles and nylon bristles--use and throw away. There's also plastic toothbrushes, but I use an electric toothbrush that I don't think I can live without at this point.
So I've done a little research on green alternatives.
- Toothpaste: I found a good resource on non-plastics toothpaste at www.sustainablejungle.com/best-of-sustainable-beauty/zero-waste-toothpaste/. This list of products addresses not only plastics packaging but also use of animal products, toxic ingredients, and palm oil.
- Dental floss: There are some floss products made from biodegradable silk. I found a very interesting site that includes lots of info and discussion about getting away from plastics, and there is a page specifically on dental floss. That page reviews some alternatives and highly recommends Dental Lace refillable floss, which you can buy here: lifewithoutplastic.com/bath-body/dental-hygiene/ (This online store, by the way, has lots of other plastics-free products.)
Here's the blog, which has a lot of other relevant content, and its page on dental floss: myplasticfreelife.com/2017/06/searching-for-a-plastic-free-zero-waste-dental-floss/
- Interdental cleaners: Apparently, there are no fully biodegradable interdental brushes on the market. There is the humble toothpick, of course. For interdental brushes, the best I've come up are ones with bamboo handles and nylon brushes. Isshah and Obrush are two of the brands available at online stores.
I haven't yet tried these products out, but I intend to. Please respond if you have any experience with plastics-free dental care products and give us your thoughts and recommendations.