Why you should switch to an eco friendly dental floss!
Some reasons why you should consider switching and using an environmentally friendly dental floss without delay!
Most of us don’t realise that conventional dental floss is made from Teflon (yes the stuff they coat pans with) or plastic and then coated in synthetic wax. Not only can these ingredients be toxic, but elements can be absorbed into our bloodstream when we floss and when we discard them, they are bad for the environment.
You break off a bit of dental floss, wrap it around your fingers, and floss. Once finished, you discard it into the bin and don’t give it a moments thought. But what happens to that bit of white string when you throw it away? As it is so small, dental floss does not get recycled, nor is it biodegradable which means it ends up hanging around in the environment for centuries, if not millennia. These strands pose a significant danger for wildlife as not only are they made from harmful ingredients, but they can pose a risk of strangulation as well. If these strands become entangled on wildlife, or even swallowed they can cause serious injury and even death.
A number of studies have found that dental floss and what it is coated in can have negative implications for your health. According to Harvard University, chemicals such as perfluorohexane sulfonic acid that are found in dental floss can find their way into our bloodstreams and have been linked to immune system issues, liver damage, and other nasty side effects. Furthermore, once they are in your body or the environment, it takes years for them to disappear.
A better option is to switch to dental floss that is made from natural ingredients and does not cause such a significant risk to wildlife or humans. There are plenty of natural alternatives out there that all just as effective for your dental health. You can choose from bamboo, silk, or cornstarch to name just a few.
At Peace With The Wild, we have selected some brands of dental floss that we trust for being vegan, cruelty free, biodegradable, plastic free, and free from many of the chemical nasties that you find in commercial brands. This means that you can floss away to your heart’s content without worrying about the impact it might have on you, or the world around you.