Tomorrow is Earth Day but don’t wait until tomorrow to start using eco-friendly dental products. Many dental manufacturers are doing their part to help preserve our planet by developing “green” products or packaging.
PureLife Dental offers a complete line of “green” products in their Feel Good Collection, including BioSURF Disinfectant Wipes, which come in recyclable containers. They also manufacture disposable BibBibs, which are made of 100% recycled paper, and the carton also contains more than 30% recycled material.
The Green Envy impression tray cleaner by Whip Mix is a natural way of removing alginate residue from impression trays and instruments. The formula dissolves residue as it interacts, instead of reacts, with soils and surfaces, and the pH neutral mixture is gentle on skin and biodegradable.
Medicom provides eco-friendly sponges, SafeGauze Green, which are 100% natural and 100% biodegradable. The product is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, a non-profit organization that promotes responsible management of the world’s forests.
With their PaX-i3D Green, Vatech has revolutionized the way dental CBCTs are manufactured by adopting eco-friendly quality control measures, reworking the manufacturing process to eliminate hazardous substances from the devices (e.g. lead, mercury), using renewable energy sources, and reducing the carbon footprint by reducing and managing the power consumption of the entire supply chain.
Sinsational Smile, a 20 minute in-office teeth whitening system with recyclable trays, is the first whitening product to be awarded the Eco-Dentistry Association’s Seal of Approval. The manufacturing facilities are located in a LEED certified building, which means they use the best green building methods and materials, and they’re even powered by solar panels installed on their roof.
If you adopt green policies and products in your office, you can “save green” by decreasing operating costs and increasing your return on investment. Follow the Eco Dentistry Association’s recommendations outlined in the report Go Green, Save Green!