Regular dental floss that is in use today is just waxed nylon strings rolled up in a plastic box. Unlike plastic, which does not decompose for 500 years and nylon dental floss (50 to 80 years), you can compost starch-based floss within a year.
Almost everyone who is into zero waste knows about bamboo toothbrushes, homemade toothpaste, and tooth powder. However, most of us do not know about zero waste alternatives to dental floss. So, if you are looking for a zero-waste alternative, we have found the product that suits your need.
The best part about this dental floss is that it is made up of cornstarch-based PLA, a compostable plant, and is vegan friendly. You will receive this product in a reusable glass bottle, making it convenient for you to carry.
What does “compostable” mean?
Composting is an accelerated biodegradation process. It nourishes the soil by producing rich humus from the waste material. It essentially makes the product harmless to the environment. Further, it nourishes farmland, making it a much better alternative to its plastic and nylon counterparts.
Challenges of using starch floss
Here are some challenges that pose a challenge to the production of corn starch dental floss.
- Starch-based floss is dependent on the corn supply, which makes it prone to natural phenomenon and weather conditions.
- Dental floss created using starch is not as price-competitive as plastic alternatives.
- Being compostable is good for the environment. But to make it happen, it should follow a specific disposal procedure.
Why should you choose starch-based dental floss?
Floss prepared with corn starch is good for the environment. The starch found in corn gets converted into a polymer, which is the main ingredient in the materials having a plastic feel. Using it helps us take a step further to protect our environment.
- The product gets prepared using PLA, a polylactic acid found in cornstarch.
- Making this product does not put any life form in danger.
- It will give you the feel of plastic but is 100% compostable.
- The product can get reused multiple times.
- It is easier to recycle starch-based dental floss.
These PLA-based dental flosses are compostable, which addresses the problems in solid waste disposal. With the help of these products, we can reduce our dependencies on petroleum-based raw materials.
How does PLA compost?
To compost, starch floss requires a high temperature and plenty of moisture. It will take some time to break down into carbon dioxide, a small amount of hummus, and water.
Polylactic acid consists of a reoccurring chain of lactic acid. In composting, using moisture and heat in the compost pile, the polymer is divided into chains. With this process, the polymer gets divided into smaller parts and. At last, in the form of lactic acid.
These smaller polymers and lactic present in the soil or compost gets consumed by micro-organisms acting as nutrients. As lactic acid is available in large quantities, many micro-organisms can decompose it.
The effectiveness of the whole process largely depends on the moisture in soil and temperature in the surroundings. After composting, the by-products are water, carbon dioxide, and humus which is a soil nutrient.
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