Plastics helped bring about the modern era of affordable convenience. But that ease has also put our health at risk.
As we all become more conscious about the adverse effects plastics have on the environment & our heath, companies have turned to using alternative chemicals to develop plastic products, namely water bottles and food containers, and often labelling them "BPA-free", making consumers think these plastics are safe.
That BPA-free sticker makes us feel better about the water bottles we drink from and the toys we give our children, don’t they?
Unfortunately, BPA-free plastics aren’t helpful when it comes to human health or environmental woes. Researchers have determined that plastics manufacturers have removed BPA in order to label their products BPA-free and added instead a new chemical called BPS that’s believed to be worse than BPA.
SO WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES?
· Store leftovers in glass containers
· Do not use any plastic in your microwave. Leaching can occur even faster and to a greater degree when plastic is exposed to heat. Use a microwavable glass or silicone container.
· Replace plastic lunch boxes with stainless steel on silicone
· Use stainless steel water bottles. For little ones opt for versions with silicone (not plastic) built in straw.
Why do we at Erda Ally love silicone? When it comes to the environment, silicone is highly durable and more ocean friendly than plastic.
Silicone is safe for your little one. It is BPA and Phthalates free. It’s easy cleaning and hygienic and hypoallergenic properties (it has no open pores to harbour bacteria) make it a number one material choice for your family.
Unlike stainless steel it can endure extreme temperatures, microwave, dishwasher, oven and freezer safe (-40°C to 220°C).
If disposed of at a landfill for incineration, silicone is converted back into inorganic, harmless ingredients: amorphous silica, carbon dioxide, and water vapour.