Forget Plastic - Why silicone containers are better for your family
Plastic first became available in the early 20th century. It was revolutionary, and was soon developed to make food storage simpler. By the mid-1940s our kitchens were filled with plastic pots, boxes, and tubs. Of course it was a life-changing invention, but it isn’t without its downsides - plastic containers are not as durable as they might be and plastic can also have a negative impact on our health and the environment.
Most of us try to avoid and minimise our use of disposable plastic as a result. However, thanks to new technology, things are beginning to move on and there is an alternative - silicone. We’re going to show why the eco-friendly and 100% non-toxicFlat Stacks collapsible silicone containers are safer for your family.
1. Silicone containers are better for your family’s health
As you probably know, plastic is very often made from crude oil - and that is not very good for our health. In fact, there are a number of serious health concerns related to our use of plastic in the home. Numerous studies have shown that there are health risks associated with Bisphenol A (BPA) - a chemical commonly found in plastics we use in our homes and kitchens. Considering that it might have effects on hormones and well-being, this worries us a lot. While some plastic is certainly safe, a number of peer-reviewed investigations have found that plastics containing the chemical BPA can cause problems with our reproductive systems, our brain and heart health, as well as many other potential issues, according to Life Without Plastic.
Scientific American backs this up, reporting that any exposure to BPA could have consequences for your health. Worryingly, one study found that approximately 93 percent of Americans have BPA in their urine, and some in their breast milk. However, by using silicone products such as Flat Stacks collapsible containers instead, you can greatly reduce your family’s exposure to risk. Health Canada assures us that silicone will not react with any food or drink you put inside it and will not emit any dangerous fumes. In other words, silicone, which is mostly made from non-toxic silica, is considered to be completely non-hazardous to our health. Forbes describes silicone kitchenware as being “the perfect material for eco-friendly and non-toxic baby products in particular.”
2. Silicone lasts longer, doesn’t stain easily, and is safe to use in the microwave
Silicone tubs, like their plastic counterparts, are easy to store. But they are also far more flexible and long-lasting as they are made from a type of rubber. Unlike plastic, silicone tubs are odourless and do not transfer flavours to the food you store inside them. Another benefit of silicone over plastic is its stain-resistance. You’ll have noticed that turmeric, curry, even food colouring can all ruin the appearance of your plastic tubs, but silicone containers are stain resistant.
What’s more, if you put plastic in the microwave you are in danger of melting it, thanks to its relatively low heat resistance of 150°C max. Most silicone containers, however, do much better, staying solid and heat resistant right up until 230°C. Thanks to these properties,Flat Stacks collapsible silicone containers will last a lot longer than plastic ones, and will therefore save you money.
3. Silicone is better for the environment too
When plastic is thrown away or breaks down in the environment, it releases chemicals that can damage the environment and poisoning animals that accidentally digest it. Silicone, in contrast, is completely inert, being made from silica, a common and non-toxic mineral. While not biodegradable, silicone can easily be recycled if you take it to the right facility. The other point in favour of silicone, again, is its longevity.
While plastic certainly won’t last you a lifetime, your silicone rubber containers can. If you’re fed up with creating so much rubbish and waste, like we are, silicone is the responsible and environmentally-friendly choice.
Without a doubt, when compared to plastic, silicone comes out on top. With its health and environment benefits, it’s easy to see why so many people are making the switch to silicone. If you want to try silicone as an alternative to plastic, Flat Stacks are a great way to start using silicone in your kitchen today!
Flat Stacks are collapsible silicone containers that will save up to 60% of your cupboard space.