Our plastic free living guide to help you live a life without plastic. Start Plastic Free July any day with Biome! We're strict so you can avoid plastic with non plastic products that also have NO plastic packaging -- alternatives such as glass, stainless steel, organic cotton, hemp, bamboo and wood. Most are 100% plastic free, but a few have a silicone seal or plastic part that has little or no contact with the food or drink.
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What is plastic free? The word 'plastic' existed long before the first synthetic polymer we know today as plastic. It simply means 'able to be moulded'. Polymers abound in nature, particularly in the cellulose that makes up the cell walls of plants. But, for the last century pliable polymers made from petrol have transformed the way we live. We have become overly reliant on the cheap and throwaway nature of plastic, rather than treating it as a non-renewable resource that pollutes for eternity; and, that is harmful in its manufacture, use and disposal.
Is silicone plastic? We consider plastic, any synthetic fibres such as polyester, melamine, neoprene, and some bio-plastics. Although bio-plastics claim to be made from plants, they may still contain petrochemicals, and not all are compostable. We consider silicone to be a type of human made plastic. Some attempt to pass it off as a 'natural' material derived from sand, but fossil fuels are used in its manufacture. There is limited research on its health effects. Silicone can leach chemicals when heated, particularly when in contact with fats. There is no official classfication for silicone so you can not be sure if it is high quality food grade silicone that does not contain other fillers. Silicone also has a significant end of life issue because it does not biodegrade and is not able to be recycled through kerside recycling.