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RADIUS floss

Sept. 17, 2010
Floss takes 60 to 90 days to biodegrade.
KUTZTOWN, Pennsylvania--RADIUS, a manufacturer of specialty, natural dental products, has announced launch of RADIUS Organic Biodegradable Silk 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 daiiy. This creates threats to animal and aquatic life. RADIUS Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss is 100% home compostable and septic tank safe. The floss takes 60 to 90 days to biodegrade.You can throw RADIUS Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss away, flush it, or use it while camping or hiking without harming the septic tanks, animals, or the environment.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. The cooperative is a 20-family owned and operated initiative that focuses on redirecting 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-1930s when Japan was at war with China. Nylon was used as a floss filament starting in 1938, and silk fell out of use until being redeveloped 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 No. 1 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.

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