Silicone is arguably more environmentally friendly than plastic in kitchen applications. This is due to the fact that plastic is not as hardy or long lasting as silicone is. Silicone is more inert that plastic, which means it has a lower chance of leaching chemicals into food when used for food storage . Although silicone looks like plastic in many ways, its chemical composition is different. We’ve done our research and have decided to make the move from plastic to silicone.
Silicone comprises of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and silicon. The ingredient silicon comes from silica which is derived from sand. Silicone is more durable and can withstand high and low temperatures and can be produced without adding BPA (Bisphenol A)
Plastic is made from natural materials such as cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and crude oil. A polymerisation or poly-condensation process. Plastics are derived from natural, organic materials such as cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt and, of course, crude oil. Burnt plastic releases harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.
Shocking Ocean Plastic Statistics
- 100,000 sea creatures and 1 million seabirds die each year from being tangled in plastic.
- 100% of baby sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs.
- There is now a monstrous 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in our ocean & 46,000 pieces in every square mile of ocean.
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is around 1.6 million square kilometers – bigger than Texas.
- The world produces 381 million tonnes in plastic waste yearly – this is set to double by 2034.
- 50% of this is single-use plastic & only 9% has ever been recycled.
- The UK uses over 2 million tonnes of plastic packaging annually.
- 88% of the sea’s surface is polluted by plastic waste.
- 8 million pieces of plastic finds its way into our oceans daily.
- Between 8 to 14 million tonnes enters our ocean every year.
- Britain contributes an estimated 1.7 million tonnes of plastic annually.
- The US contributes 38 million tonnes of plastic every year.
- Plastic packaging is the biggest culprit, resulting in 80 million tonnes of waste yearly from the US alone.
- On UK beaches there are 5000 pieces of plastic & 150 plastic bottles for each mile.
- Every minute more than 1 million plastic bags end up in the trash.
- The world uses over 500 billion plastic bags a year – that’s 150 for each person on Earth.
- 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches, but only 1% of straws end up as waste in the ocean.
- By 2020 the number of plastics in the sea will be higher than the number of fish.
- 1 in 3 fish caught for human consumption contains plastic.
- It is estimated that plastic micro-beads are one million times more toxic than the seawater around it.
- Products containing micro-beads can release 100,000 tiny beads with just one squeeze.
Obtained from www.condorferries.co.uk
What you need to know about BPA
- BPA is what makes plastic hard.
- BPA free plastic containers and bottles is NOT the answer anymore.
- Plastic has a specific life expectancy as it has a specific life expectancy.
- Plastic is consider to have its integrity damaged if exposed to extreme heat or cold. Causing it to leach chemicals in your food and drinks.
- BPA leaches from plastic into our food mimicking the production of ESTROGEN. Leading to hormone imbalance, infertility, depression, weight gain, in turn heart disease, diabetes and ultimately cancer.
Tips and Advice
- If it doesn’t say BPA free or Food grade silicone- it is NOT.
- Eco friendly doesn’t mean BPA free.
- Do not place warm food or reheat food in plastic containers.
- Don’t place plastic containers in the microwave or dishwasher.
- Do not place greasy, spicy or acidic food or drinks in plastic containers.
- Real food grade silicone items will not stain from food use.
- Use pinch test to make sure your silicone is BPA free.
- Check plastic containers to determine if they can be recycled or not.
- Only #3 and #5 is food storage safe
- Scratched and stained plastic are dangerous as they have become porous. Please discard or recycle responsibly as it can leach BPA into your food.
- Don’t use plastic spoons for mixing hot baby food or porridge.
- Make a point to prepare baby food or formula in steel or glass containers ahead of transfer into baby bottles and / or dishes as this will aid in the shelf life of your BPA free containers.
- Say no to single use straws.
- Don’t use paper cups.
- Avoid Styrofoam
- Us biodegradable cling wrap
I’ve teamed up with the Silicone Depot to try out their silicone products and will be reviewing them over the next few months. The Silicone Depot has an extensive range of silicone products to your needs. The Silicone Depot boasts that their items are all BPA free; non-porous and are more durable.
Disclaimer : Silicone Depot SA sent me an extensive range of products to use and review, in exchange for an honest opinion.