I have been thinking about this post on dental floss since last night and I think it’s time to revive my website. Yes, I have a website and it’s been badly neglected. 😢 Why now? I don’t even care this much about flossing, honestly. I’d by lying if I said I flossed everyday. I only floss as often as I do, because my dentist says “you only need to floss the teeth you want to keep”…I do appreciate his sense of humor and his honesty. 😂😬
But seriously, a longer post may be needed, because there is no easy zero waste and cruelty free answer and I think it’s too much to get into here on Instagram. So, the short answer is…there is no perfect solution yet. Dental floss seems to fall into two main categories. It’s either plastic free which means it’s made out of silk (not good for vegans or those who don’t want to think about silkworms boiling to death for clean teeth) or it’s vegan, but that just means it’s nylon and often the vegan brands are still packaged in plastic. I guess these companies haven’t picked up on the idea that single use plastic, while not an animal product, is definitely not good for the planet or anything living on it. I have tried most of the ones on the market, bouncing back and forth between trying to avoid plastic and trying to avoid silk. Dental Lace (third photo) seems to be the most recent product to hit the market. It’s plastic free, packaged in a cute, glass container. They sell re-fills! But it’s not vegan, so there are the silkworms to think about. After I finish the floss I have (first photo) I may give Dental Lace a try. I like that it’s glass and I like that it’s refillable. Or maybe a water pick? I know there are a lot of people here who are zero waste and vegan. What do ya’ll do? I’m almost thinking of getting actual dental tools (second photo) to use in-between visits! What could go wrong?! My next cleaning is scheduled for March and I have so many questions!