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Radius Launches First One Hundred Percent Biodegradable Silk Floss

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – RADIUS, the leading manufacturer of specialty, natural dental products, announces the launch of the RADIUS Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss, the first 100% biodegradable floss. Spun by hand, the natural silk is certified organic by the USDA and is grown sustainably and harvested humanely.

Millions of pounds of nylon floss are added to landfills and flushed down toilets everyday. This creates serious threats to animal and aquatic life. RADIUS Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss is the only floss available on the market today that is 100% Home Compostable and septic tank safe, unlike the majority of compost claims, which are actually only commercially compostable at a handful of facilities across the United States.

With a biodegradable alternative, we no longer have to worry about our dental health routine being harmful to the environment. You can throw RADIUS Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss away, flush it or even use it while camping, hiking, or any other outdoor activity without harming the your septic tank, animals or the environment. From the non eco-conscious to the green connoisseur, an easy green dental routine is now effortless.

Grown sustainably in the groves of mulberry trees in the mountains of Columbia, RADIUS Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss is sourced in cooperation with the CORSEDA Farm Cooperative in Cauca, Colombia, a 20-family owned and operated initiative that focuses on redirecting worthy sources of livelihood back to the native populations of Columbia in a sustainable and enriching manner.

After spinning, the RADIUS floss is coated in natural, vegan candelilla wax, a wax derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States.

Silk floss was first made available commercially in 1882 and became the staple floss recommended by dentists until silk became difficult to obtain in the mid-1930’s, when Japan was at war with China. Nylon was used as a floss filament starting in 1938, and silk fell out of use until RADIUS re-developed it in 2003.

Silk floss is made by combining a large number of original raw silk filaments into a thread; the number and thickness of the filaments controls the strength and texture. Silk is a strong yet soft material with a light texture that removes plaque effectively without trauma to the gums.

As cited by the American Dental Association, floss is the number one tool in fighting periodontal and gum diseases. The naturally fibrous yet soft texture of the RADIUS Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss provides an effective yet comfortable cleaning experience between teeth and gums. The soft floss helps prevent bleeding gums and is smooth enough for tight teeth, removing plaque effectively.

RADIUS Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss is available at Whole Foods and the Vitamin Shoppe retail locations nationwide.

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