The Element Floss Holder

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Help the Planet

We conducted unbiased research that’s been independently reviewed by former Environmental Protection Agency, and Oxford-trained, environmental scientists.

Our independent research shows that 4.7 billion disposable flossers are thrown away in North America every year.

The production of these flossers emits as much CO2 as burning 1.1 million gallons of gasoline.

And “eco-friendly” disposable floss picks not only cost 43% more, they are extensively greenwashed.

The only truly sustainable solution to this issue is a responsibly made reusable flosser, such as the Element.

With C-Shaped Flossing

The American Dental Association recommends people utilize C-shape flossing. The Element gives you this ability to “floss like a dentist” and hug each tooth with a C-shape as you floss.

Engineered for Closely-Spaced Teeth

The Element keeps the floss very tight to begin with. Yet testing has shown that tightly-spaced teeth can stretch out some weaker types of floss material.

Using just the press of your finger, you can quickly re-tighten any floss that has lost tension due to tight spacing. That means you won’t have to replace the floss in order to finish cleaning your mouth.

On-the-Go Flossing

For on-the-go flossing, we designed a spool that can carry a small amount of floss. The floss is protected from environmental contaminants inside a hygienic pocket and it stays securely wound around the spool. A gentle pull easily unwinds it for you so you can string the Element and start flossing.

Easy to Use

We made sure that you only have to perform one easy loop around the Element to start flossing. That’s it! And you can quickly remove the floss without touching the icky parts.

Ergonomic Design

The Element’s organic shape and curves naturally contour to your fingers and hand in a way that’s comfortable to hold and easy to grip.

Multipurpose

The Element is modular and extensible. This minimizes resource use and improves your right to repair by allowing you to replace as little as possible. Possible attachment ideas include: toothbrush, tongue scraper, toothpick, and a longer handle (via a longer tail).

Planned Obsolescence?

Not here. We’ve built an eco-friendly flosser that’s durable and therefore sustainable. All else equal, the Element’s long term use will be far better for the planet than disposable flossers that require the extraction of endless resources and the creation of endless waste.

You’ll have to try really hard to break this dental floss holder!

Right to Repair

In the unlikely event you lose a single part, you should never be forced to buy the entire product all over again. That’s just bad for you and for the planet. The Element’s parts can be produced individually for maximum longevity and minimal waste. As well, some parts can be replaced with cheap store-bought parts or spare ones lying around at home.

Works With Your Favorite Floss

We tested 11 well-known types of floss with the Element reusable floss pick.

Although the Element has worked with every major type of floss that we’ve tested so far, we generally recommend that you use a high quality monofilament or tape floss with the Element for best results. Click here to see examples of the floss that we’ve tested and which ones worked well.

Precise Floss Control

The Element has two ways by which you can precisely control the tension of the floss should you need to. You can control this tension using just the press of a finger or with an easy locking mechanism. We’ll explain more in our upcoming instructional videos.

Reusable

By using the Element, you can stop 1,000 single-use floss picks (and the 2.5 pounds of trash they add up to) from entering our landfills every single year. No greenwashing here. It’s just simple math. See our evidence-based research about this, reviewed by a former EPA scientist.

Uses 45% Less Floss

The American Dental Association recommends using 18 inches of floss when flossing with your fingers. The Element only needs about 10 inches of floss. This is 45% less floss than you’d have to use when flossing with your fingers. That’s good for your wallet and the planet.

Hint: studies show that using a floss holder is as effective as flossing with your fingers and dentists say it’s ok to clean in between different gaps in your teeth using the same section of floss.

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. We’ve designed the Element to account for a lot of crowded areas.

Floss naturally loses tension with use, no matter what. The Element effectively counters this (see video).

This really depends on the type of floss you’re using. At the very least, the spool can securely hold enough floss for one session of flossing.

Absolutely! The Element works just as well for left handed and right handed people with an ergonomic shape that contours to the natural shape of your hand and fingers.

In short, the Element was designed to work with almost any kind of floss. This includes flat, monofilament, string, and multifilament floss.

In fact, we tested over 10 different types of floss so far.

Generally speaking though, we strongly recommend that you use a high quality monofilament or tape floss with the Element. Monofilament floss doesn’t unravel or split apart, unlike multifilament floss that unravels like strands of yarn or splits into multiple strings under stress. Tape floss is very flat, like a sheet of paper, and rarely splits apart either if it’s made out of high quality material.

The Element uses ~45% less floss than flossing with your fingers. The Element only needs about 10 in (~25 cm) of floss.

The Element is about 4 in (10 cm) long.

The Element has patents pending.

Prior to using the Element, consult your dentist. The Element is not for use by minors and may present a choking hazard.