CAUTION: the below article includes the swearing levels one could find themselves using when stumbling upon the fact that the oceans are chalk full of deadly plastic.
You are living your life, minding your own business, just want to keep your gums clean and healthy. You don't even want to, but you do it because the thought of losing your teeth seems socially unacceptable and only funny in a bad way. As you silently floss (thinking of something else, in a magical world with no flossing), unknowingly you are creating a legacy of nearly immortal useless plastic containers which slowly make their way into the guts of birds and fish via the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (a gyre of swirling plastic that spans from California to China making one of the 5 global gyres of plastic contaminating the oceans for not just you, you of the healthy gums, but for everyone).
Did you ask for this legacy? Apparently your floss provider decided for all of us, and governments said "Yes, Floss-man God". Of course, floss companies are not the only ones who are contributing to a massive single use plastic problem globally (in fact they are minor players in comparison with some ), but let's focus here today. Along with bottled water companies, any single use disposable plastic,and plastic based forms of advertising, they wanted to immortalize their brand as legendary gum string providers into the next millennium.
Will future and current generations conclude that we cared more about special boxes for our gum string than them? Let's not wait to find out.
Why the frack is it necessary that string be contained in a special plastic box, only for it, especially in contrast with the necessity of life for the biosphere? These are the mysteries of the modern world that constantly float by us as if natural. And they are great mysteries to reduce and eliminate (they currently seem to be being reused and recycled).
You've got one of two problems, as far as I can tell. 1.) How to somehow make decorations and gifts out of every single future floss box you inherit from the plastic loving floss daddy in the sky. Make sure while you are doing this that you are convincing your friends to do the same while maintaining a healthy social life. or, better, 2.) you take on the floss barons. How to do this? Let's take a little inspiration from the Great Canadian film, Mambo Italiano:
Hey! You #@**!!))** (see video)! Can't you just give me some string? No?!! Well guess what! I've discovered string isn't so hard to come by! WHO KNEW! I have some right here, in fact! Until you give me some nice waxed floss without a special box just for it, I'm going old school!(don't actually do this, see my list of tips below) And by the way, making those little boxes is now illegal thanks to the massive peaceful movement I've helped create that is fed up with absolutely useless junk that's killing life! I'll see you in hell! Wait... I don't believe in hell... Bye now!
To floss your teeth safely the old fashioned method is silk string, you don't want to cut your gums with regular string. I'd advocate for "unplugging your floss" but really we should all probably floss more. There is also a company that has even more packaging it seems, but with a biodegradable box. You might want to order some floss from them, or have your local store order some in bulk, and demand that they also eliminate their biodegradable box which (while better than plastic) is still an unnecessary use of energy. The goal is the simple, peaceful beauty of a simple product kept uncomplicated. What could be more desirable than that which does less harm?
To get rid of redundant floss packaging:
Online petition - Stop Plastic Containers for Dental Floss
To get involved and rid of all single use plastics (classified as being different from dental floss) visit The Plastic Pollution Coalition for personal and political ways to make change.