Happi Floss is a groundbreaking, eco-friendly oral care product that aims to replace single-use plastic flossers. This innovative company is the brainchild of Dr. Staci Whitman, a functional and holistic pediatric dentist. Based in Portland, Oregon, Happi Floss is a woman-founded, owned, and operated business committed to reducing plastic waste and promoting sustainability.
The mission to create an environmentally friendly flosser began when Dr. Staci encountered plastic waste littering a beach in Hawaii. She realized the need for a guilt-free alternative to plastic floss picks, which parents often avoid due to their negative environmental impact.
After years of research and testing, Happi Floss was born. These flossers are made from layers of compressed post-consumer recycled paper and biofilm, a plant-based, non-petroleum material. The unique layered design allows moisture and microbes to break down the flossers quickly in compost or soil. This is a stark contrast to conventional plastic flossers, which can take centuries to decompose.
Happi Floss is not only eco-friendly but also non-toxic, cruelty-free, and available in two sizes to accommodate different mouth shapes. The manufacturing process takes place in a fair-wage, eco-conscious shop near Portland, Oregon, using 100% renewable energy.
Dr. Staci has self-funded the development of Happi Floss, testing the product with friends and family to create the perfect design. After distributing 5,000 sample flossers, the company has received overwhelmingly positive feedback. The Happi Floss team is now focusing on scaling production to create their first batch of one million sustainable flossers.
Happi Floss sets itself apart from other so-called “sustainable” flossers by prioritizing true compostability. While other products may technically be compostable, they often take years to fully decompose. Happi Floss flossers, on the other hand, are designed to break down and turn into usable organic matter within a year.
To use Happi Floss, simply pull the floss out of the flosser after use, dispose of it in the trash, and place the flosser in your compost. Although the current floss component is not fully biodegradable, it accounts for less than 1% of the materials used, and the company is actively seeking a fully biodegradable replacement.
Happi Floss is more than just an eco-friendly product. Dr. Staci Whitman, a passionate advocate for children’s oral health, environmental protection, and healthy eating, has infused her beliefs into every aspect of the business. From offering fair wages to a diverse workforce to implementing best-in-class environmental practices, Happi Floss is a shining example of a company working towards a brighter, greener future.
With the success of their Indiegogo campaign and plans for increased manufacturing capabilities, Happi Floss is poised to make a significant impact on the oral care industry and help rid the world of single-use plastic flossers.
In addition to Happi Floss, Dr. Staci Whitman operates other environmentally conscious, woman-owned businesses such as NoPo Kids Dentistry and DoctorStaci.com. All of these enterprises emphasize environmental responsibility and fair labor practices, ensuring that their positive impact extends beyond just oral care.
Happi Floss is also committed to achieving cruelty-free certification from Leaping Bunny, as their products are 100% vegan and never tested on animals. Furthermore, the company’s seed paper packaging can be planted in soil after use, giving rise to wildflowers native to the Pacific Northwest within a few weeks.
While traditional floss may be a viable option for some, many people, especially children and those with smaller mouths, find it difficult to reach their back teeth without a flosser. Dr. Staci believes that flossers are an essential tool in maintaining oral health, and Happi Floss provides an eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic flossers.
Daily flossing is crucial for overall health, as it removes bacteria and plaque from areas that toothbrushes cannot reach. This helps prevent cavities, gingivitis, and other oral health issues. Moreover, an increasing number of studies suggest a connection between flossing and whole-body health, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and Alzheimer’s.
Happi Floss is a revolutionary product that combines sustainability, convenience, and oral care. As the company continues to grow and develop new eco-friendly solutions, it is poised to make a lasting difference in both the oral care industry and the global fight against plastic waste.