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We all remember the movement to get rid of plastic straws that started in 2018. Since then, we have seen social media influencers with their metal straws in hand, and companies vowing to move away from the single-use straw.
Why? Out of every plastic item, why did society focus on the straw?
In 2017, International Coastal Cleanup reported that straws were among one of the top ten items collected from coastlines all across the planet. Anti-plastic groups caught wind of this shocking data and determined single-use straws as an item humans could live without— and thus, started a movement! As we can see from our favourite eco-influencers to the recommended eco essentials, the reusable straws campaign blazed a mighty trail.
What’s the deal with floss? (Prepare to put your thinking caps on!)
According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, only around 30% of the American population floss daily. And, Welch Dental Group discovered that each person uses around 122 yards of floss per year. We can deduce two key pieces from this data:
Nylon floss is created to be durable so it does not break—problem..IT DOES NOT BREAK. Because it is resistant to breaking, when it ends up in the oceans, marine life end up entangled in this plastic mess. The nylon plastics also contain toxic chemicals that leach out into our oceans, such as:
We are also putting these toxic chemicals into our mouths…yikes. And, around 30% of all plastics end up in our oceans every year. That is the same as pouring a garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean every minute. (wow, that is a lot of trash!).
…hold up Durapik, didn’t you also just stated more people need to start flossing more?!
We did! That is correct!
The first of its kind, Durapik has created biodegradable floss using an eco-closed loop system. The floss is made from 3 natural ingredients:
The best part about the Durapik floss—it is house-compostable! Thus, the floss will not end up in landfills if disposed of properly.
Conclusion: Flossing is still great and we should all do it for our health, but make sure you use the biodegradable floss made from Algae to help save our oceans!d