All About Silicone
Single-use plastics were introduced for convenience, but we are becoming more aware of the damage it causes both to our bodies and the environment. Studies have shown that of the 8.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic that has been produced, only 9% have been recycled!
The sad reality is that plastic waste does not always end up in our landfills, but is often carried out to our oceans. As a result, the toxic material is entering our food chain and causing concern for animal and human health. Fortunately for us all, there is a better alternative: Food Grade Silicone!
Silicone is a material associated with the rubber family that is becoming more commonly used in our everyday lives. Are you curious as to what silicone is and all its benefits? Continue to read on below as we describe it for you.
What is food grade silicone?
Food grade silicone is a non-toxic type of silicone that does not contain any harmful chemicals or by-products, making it safe to use alongside food. The natural elements of silicone come from the sand of our beaches; however, this is not the only thing that makes up the material.
Elements of silicone
Silicone's natural form is silica, often referred to as quartz, a common dirt-mineral. Silica forms a majority of the Earth's crust, found in many different types of rocks and soils. This raw material can be heated to extreme temperatures in an industrial furnace — converting it to silicon, the base element of silica.
The by-product of this process in turn makes our silicone that we now use on a daily basis to replace single-use plastics.
Benefits of food grade silicone:
- Endures all spectrum of temperatures, being heated and frozen
- Non-toxic and odourless – does not contain BPA, latex, lead, petroleum or phthalates
- Material does not harden, crack, crumble, dry out, peel, rot or become brittle over time
- Hygienic and hypoallergenic, keeps bacteria out
- Lightweight, saves space, easy to transport
- Majority of the material is made from natural resources (silica, aka sand!)
- May be 100% recycled at select locations and is considered non-hazardous waste
Is silicone biodegradable?
It is not biodegradable; however, it can easily be recycled and repurposed!
Silicone products break down easily through processes used in recycling companies that specialise in the material, ensuring that disposed silicone does not end up in our landfills.
Check with your local recycling centre for more information on silicone recycling options.
The alternative for plastic
Silicone does not carry the dangerous traits that plastic does — thus making it non-toxic, BPA-free and stops harmful chemicals leaching into our food. It is a reusable everyday product and a much better option for our planet. Silicone meets the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) standard and has been marked as a safe food grade product.
These factors make purchasing our silicone products a smart choice and a step in the right direction when protecting the health of you & your family, as well as our environment.