ingle-use plastics were made for convenience, but there’s no question that plastic is toxic to the environment and our bodies.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) says South Africans use between 30kg and 50kg of plastic per person per year.
That's significantly less than the 136kg and 139kg per person per year in the US and Europe respectively. But much of the plastic ends up in the marine environment.
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Benefits of food grade silicone:
- Highly resistant to damage and degradation from extreme temperatures
- Doesn’t harden, crack, peel, crumble, dry out, rot or become brittle over time
- Lightweight, saves space, easy to transport
- Made from an abundant natural resource
- Non-toxic and odorless – contains no bpa, latex, lead, phthalates
- May be 100% recycled at select locations; non-hazardous waste
Plastic that doesn’t end up in a landfill often ends up in the ocean and enters the food chain which is a big concern for human health. The harsh chemicals and toxins found in plastic can lead to cancer, infertility, immune disorders and more.
What is food grade silicone?
Food grade silicone is a non-toxic type of silicone that doesn’t contain any chemical fillers or byproducts, making it safe for use with food. Silicon, the naturally occurring chemical element that makes up silicone, is a metalloid, which means it has properties of both metals and non-metals and is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust, after oxygen.
The silicone molecule is comprised of silicon, oxygen and quartz, a durable, hard, inflexible “rock”, which is the most common component of sand. Due to its resiliency, non-porous surface and sustainability, food grade silicone is essentially soft glass. While mason jars and other glass containers are great for plastic-free storage, they can break, take up a lot of space, and are inconvenient for taking on the go. Stasher makes it easy to store your food at home or on-the-go while keeping what you’re eating away from plastic.
Up next: go deeper by learning the difference between silicone and plastic.