Did you know that toothbrushes fail to reach 40% of your tooth area, which is why dentists recommend using interdental cleaning. But… have you noticed how much plastic is used in interdental cleaning products?
I’ve recently been looking for more green and sustainable dental products but they seem hard to find in mainstream or high street supermarkets. Plastic is heavily used in products like toothbrushes, toothpaste and flossing sticks so when DenTek coincidentally got in touch to share news of its new environmentally-friendly interdental range, I was pretty excited. I then partnered with the brand for this post to showcase the products, which I hope you’ll find interesting too.
The entire single-use plastic range has been overhauled and remade using more sustainably-sourced materials. Plus, all outer packaging across the eco range will be 100% recyclable. Here’s more about each newly-designed product.
Eco Interdental Brushes
The interdental brushes have been made using birch wood, which is hailed as a sustainable, environmentally-friendly material. DenTek says birch wood creates less waste and uses less energy in the manufacturing process than rival eco-materials such as bamboo; the wood itself is also recyclable.
If you’re thinking about how this might impact birch wood forests as I did, then it’s good to know that DenTek plants more trees than it uses. I’ve also learnt that birch trees grow fast – typically taking half the time to reach maturity than an oak tree – and are grown in more regions around the world than tropical bamboo, which helps to reduce the carbon footprint from transportation.
The bristles on the interdental brushes feel very secure – quite often they break off easily from the handle, but these felt sturdy. DenTek says they also won’t split from moisture as birch wood absorbs less water than bamboo. Win win. The pack of six is packaged in recyclable cardboard and designed with a handy flap to keep the brushes secure inside.
These aren’t just plain flossers but have a lovely minty coating, and contain a new antibacterial ingredient for a more hygienic clean.
The typical plastic used for tooth-flossing picks has been replaced with a bio-resin made from sugar cane plants, which is petroleum-free and organic. You’ll find this more natural material on the Cross Flosser and Triple Clean floss pick products.
DenTek says that using this renewable material has led to an 80% reduction in carbon emissions when compared to plastic. The outer packaging has also been improved and now uses 30% recycled materials, and is recyclable itself. Great!
Jennifer Hudson, Senior Brand Manager says, “Going green is one of the most important steps brands can take at the moment. More and more consumers are considering the ecological impact of their purchasing choices and are looking to brands to show the same consideration. Our customers should not be forced to choose between the health of their teeth or the health of the planet.”
The best thing about this new eco dental range is that it’s widely available across well known retailers: Boots, Amazon, Lloyds Pharmacy, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado, Superdrug, Weldricks Pharmacy and through the DenTek website, so no more struggles to find more environmentally-friendly dental care products. Phew!