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We’re committed to reducing the environmental impact at each stage of our product’s life cycle and collaborating with dentists to help them.

The consumer sustainability issue

Millions of toothbrushes are disposed of every year in household recycling. Councils cannot recycle them however, so they simply end up in landfill or the ocean.

4.7bn toothbrushes are manufactured every year globally

25g of plastic waste is generated by each toothbrush

1% of all toothbrushes have been recycled since 1930

Dentistry as part of the

In October 2020, the NHS became the world’s first national health system to commit to becoming net zero with a target (that includes supply chain emissions) set for 2045.

3% Dental services have been found to account for 3% of NHS England’s overall carbon footprint

65% Public Health England (PHE) research found that 65% of the carbon emissions from dental services are from travel (including that of staff, patients and products)

19% The second highest contributor to carbon emissions by NHS dentistry is estimated to be procurement; at 19% of emissions from dental procedures.

Going green

The Floe Process

Companies have a responsibility to protect our planet. Too little people are recycling and there’s too little infrastructure to do it. Products are created, do their job, and are then disposed of. Our process is designed to minimise the environmental footprint of dental products at every stage of their life cycle.

Raw materials

Throughout our supply chain we are proactive in making sure that our products are as sustainable in their production as possible, without compromising on performance.

Manual Toothbrush

Made from one material and therefore easier to break down for recycling than traditional or bamboo brushes.

Sonic Toothbrushes

Oxidised aluminium body rather than plastic. Aluminium is one of the most recycled materials on earth. Almost 75 per cent of the 1.5 billion tonnes of Aluminium ever produced is still in use today.


Our toothpaste tubes are made from sugarcane instead of petroleum.. For every kg of sugarcane produced, 3kg of CO2 is removed from the air.


Our floss is made from bamboo charcoal fibres. It comes in a reusable glass jar with a metal dispensing lid.

Diagnostic test

All items are fully recyclable down to the packaging. Pre-paid returns ensure all recycling is carried out by Floe at end of life.


Our packaging is fully certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), who are dedicated to responsible forest management worldwide.

2. Distribution

We’ve partnered with Ecologi to offset our delivery emissions and plant one tree for every box that is shipped.

DPD next-day green delivery

We also offer DPD next day green delivery via their electric fleet for both one off and subscription orders.

Wait less time and get your Floe products delivered by the largest collection of electric delivery vehicles in the UK.

3. Recycling and end of life

Send all your used products back to us at end of life

Send everything; toothbrushes, toothpastes, and floss. Other brands also accepted if you can fit them into your floe box!

All you need to do is apply the pre-paid returns label and take it to your nearest postbox.

We then separate them into different products and work with Terracycle to break them down into recycled plastic pellets that can then be used to make a range of new products in the industrial and commercial space including pallets, recycling bins, benches, pens and even playgrounds!

Find out more

Toothbrushes belong in your mouths and bathrooms. Not the oceans. Help us continue to reduce environmental impact and minimise waste.


We’re keen to help dental practices recycle used products and reduce their carbon footprint. Get in contact with our dental partnerships manager to discuss stocking floe products and how we can help you and your patients minimise waste.

Interested in joining? Please get in touch with our Dental Partnerships Manager, Dr Khad Shah. 
Dental Partnerships Manager

Our Partners