We often get the question why we focus on silicone products and warn parents for the harmful effects of plastic products. That is an important question.
Plastic: toxic or non-toxic?
It is well known that manufacturers of plastic add chemicals like BPA (Bisphenol A) and/or phthlates for several functionalities. These chemicals are toxic and leach via the plastic materials in our food and drinks. According to research these chemicals contribute to i.e. obesity, vitamin D deficiency and a pre-diabetes trigger.
The awareness of parents grows and the last years many brands have checked their products for toxic chemicals, which resulted in a variety of labels.
However, manufacturers came up with an alternate chemical to add to plastic products, called BPS (Bisphenol S). Which might be even more toxic than BPA. Therefore is it very difficult to detect healthy and safe plastic products.
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Less dependency on Plastic
Besides this health reason, there is also another important reason: the environment. Our oceans are filled with trillions and trillions of plastic. Using less plastic means contributing less to this mass of plastics infecting our environment and killing many animals.
Ocean expert Sylvia Earle, moving force behind the Netflix documentary Mission Blue, says: “In the last 25 years, I haven’t been diving anywhere […] without seeing some form of trash, a lot of it plastic.”
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What is Silicone then?
Silicone is a man-made polymer, but unlike plastic not based on carbon but on oxygen and silicon. The element silicon comes from silicate and is found in sand. The final material silicone is a hybrid. The carbons come from fossil sources.
Some people object that silicone is not biodegradable. We think there never is a need to wait for the “perfect” solution. This solution will probably never exist. The world will always develop and improve. It is our task to choose for the best solution. And silicone has lots of benefits.
Why we choose for Silicone?
- Silicone is a lot safer for our health than plastic. Plastic is often based on toxic chemicals (BPA, BPS and Phthtalates).
- Silicone is more sustainable than plastic. It endures extreme temperatures like those in freezers and ovens. Plastic, on the contrary, ends up getting scratched, foggy or broken sooner or later.
- Silicone is easily recyclable. During the recycling proces, silicone breaks down to inorganic, innocent materials like watervapor and amorphous silica.
- Plastic can also be safe. For instance, our Yumbox bento’s do not contain BPA and Phthtalates). But in general, silicone can be trusted easier.
Health and sustainability are two key issues of our business philosophy. Curious? Continue reading!