DuraPik is a sustainable approach to flossing and interdental cleaning.
It is due to begin shipping in December 2020 — we have one on order and will update this page until a full hands-on review is available. You can order here from Indiegogo.
In the sections below I give my initial thoughts and reactions based on previous testing of similar products, and explain in detail what DuraPik is and how it works.
There is a real need for a reduction in the use of plastics within dentistry and oral health care, but particularly single-use plastics.
Durapik is a simple solution to this problem. It is essentially a handle for your floss.
Unlike typical floss picks that are designed to be used once and thrown away, this is reusable.
The company have focused on the eco-benefits, but I think it offers benefits in the ease of use too. Less fingers and thumbs as you floss, because it is tied to the handle and not your fingers.
They supply floss, but you can use your own preferred option if you would rather.
Yes, it takes a couple of seconds to load the floss, rather than using a pre-loaded flosser each time. But, long term the environment and I suspect your wallet will thank you.
Will the squarer edged metal feel colder and rougher against the cheeks and gums compared to plastic floss picks, possibly, but it isn’t the biggest issue.
To be honest, there is little not to like here. I am looking forward to testing it.
Timeline of updates
At the moment DuraPik is due to begin shipping to backers in December 2020.
We will update this section of the page as time goes on with any further news on availability.
- December 2020 – Due to begin shipping.
- August 27th 2020 – Campaign moves to Indieogo.
- August 27th 2020 – Campaign ends with 8,159 backers and CDN $565,890 approx $432,136 of funds. 3193% over the target.
- July 22nd 2020 – Campaign fully funded on Kickstarter.
- July 21st 2020 – Campaign launched on Kickstarter goal of CA $17,720 approx $13,532.
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Durapik is a handle to which you can attach a piece of floss. You then use this tool to help you clean between your teeth, a task you should be completing at least once a day.
It has been designed as an alternative to the pre-loaded plastic floss picks that you can buy.
This is the main reason for this product being created. It has been designed to be better for the environment, focusing on daily reuse rather than the throw away approach that is often promoted to us.
Using Durapik instead of a floss pick can save on average 350 single-use floss picks per person from going into landfill each year.
It even comes with environmentally friendly floss, that is organic and vegan. So, although you need to use a new piece of floss each time, the floss itself is as harmless to the planted at it can be.
Made from recycled surgical grade stainless steel the handle is designed to be durable and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Available in a range of colors, including charcoal (black), mermaid (pink), gold, artic (electric blue) and silver.
It is even dishwasher safe, so you can give it a thorough clean when you want to.
It even comes with a toothpick built into the bottom of the handle. Just pull it out to use as and when you need to.
The Durapik team is headed up by Keirin Shaw the founder and CEO, with staff in both Australia and Canda. None of the team are dentists or medical professionals, but they are focused on making the world around us more sustainable.
2 flavours of floss are available, plain or peppermint. You get some included with the Durapik when you first buy it, but you can use your own if you prefer.
It takes just a couple of seconds to load the floss onto the handle, as shown in the following video.
Durafloss is made up of organic bamboo at the core with organic peppermint essential oils and then coated in organic candelilla wax. It is vegan friendly and compostable.
Each reel is 30m (98 feet) long.
Durapik will be offering the floss on a flexible subscription plan for those who want it. You will be able to control how much it delivered and when.
Whilst the creators don’t really promote it, I actually think it is a very handy tool for those who might find regular flossing difficult. It takes the pressure off of the fingers and thumbs, allowing for a more convenient and hassle-free approach.