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We're here to help you live a life with less plastic! Our Plastic Free Life category offers alternatives made from glass, stainless steel, organic cotton, hemp, jute, bamboo and wood.
What is plastic? 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, a very common natural polymer being cellulose, the material that makes up the cell walls of plants. Howver, for the last century pliable plastic polymers made from petrochemicals have transformed the way that we live. Our society has become overly reliant on the cheap, convenient and disposable nature of plastic, rather than treating it as a precious petrochemical resource that will pollute our environment for eternity; and, that has health impacts in its manufacture, use and disposal.
While we try to recommend only products that are 100% plastic free there are few that have a plastic lid, seal or protective cover - in which case, they are sturdy and stable, BPA- and PVC-free plastics used in a way that has little or no contact with the food or drink.
What we consider 'plastic': synthetic fibres such as polyester, melamine, plastic lining, and bio-plastics. Although bio-plastics claim to be made from plants, they may still contain petrochemicals, are not all compostable, and not necessarily "safe". We have sought verifcation that the bamboo 'plastic' that we stock contains no synthetic fillers, as most do.
We consider silicone to be a type of synthetic plastic. While some attempt to pass it off as a 'natural' material derived from sand, hydrocarbons from fossil fuels are used in its manufacture. There is limited research on its health effects, so we follow the precautionary principle. Silicone can leach chemicals when heated, particularly when in contact with fat and oils. Further, 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 synthetic fillers. Silicone also has an end of life issue because it does not biodegrade and is not able to be recycled through most Council recycling schemes.