Sustainable Sunday: Floss

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Photo by Esther Ní Dhonnacha on Unsplash

I hope everyone is doing okay and maintaining their sanity during this strange, uncertain time. When the economy is indefinitely uncertain, it’s hard to think about doing anything “extra,” but I’ve got a foolproof swap here.

Global pandemic aside, some of the biggest hangups about making a sustainable swap are concern that the product isn’t as effective or of the same quality as the original, accessibility or execution require an unsustainable amount of effort, and expense. So, let’s talk about sustainable floss that you can order online and does the same job for the same expense as its conventional counterpart!

We all floss (your dentist and I hope…), and traditional floss tossed into the trash pollutes oceans, strangles sea life and, between the carton and the floss itself, takes 200-1000 years to decompose.

A few years ago I switched to Woobamboo! Floss, a bamboo/silk floss that does the same job for about the same cost. All of the packaging is recyclable, biodegradable, or compostable.

You can read more about the floss on the Woobamboo! website here, and buy it on Amazon here. If you prefer to shop small, a woman-owned business I love is Package Free,* and they sell Natural Silk Floss.

One small consumption change for you, one small improvement for our environment.

Package Free

*Package Free is an awesome shop started by Lauren Singer, an environmentalist who does not generate any waste(!). You can shop online or at the brick and mortar store in Brooklyn. Read more about Lauren here, and watch her Ted Talk here– she’s inspiring. I imagine I will be referring to her a lot in these sustainability posts!

Once a month I share a sustainability tip or an easy swap in consumption routine to better care for the planet. Environmentally conscious change doesn’t always have to be expensive, laborious, or extremely time-consuming.

We don’t need a few people doing zero-waste perfectly, we need millions doing it imperfectly.

Lauren Singer

More on Bummed Out Bailey:
Introducing Easy Sustainable Swaps!
Why Do I Eat This Way?
Why Am I the Bummed Out Baker?

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