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What is Food Grade Silicone and Why is it Better Than Plastic?

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What is Food Grade Silicone and Why is it Better Than Plastic?

Single-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.

The good news is, we here at Stasher are committed to eliminating the need for single-use plastics around the world and it's the reason why we created the world’s first and only plastic-free storage bag that's made out of pure platinum, food grade silicone.

Never heard of platinum, food grade silicone or wondering what the difference is between it and other silicones? Check this out: 

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.

Fortunately, you now have a healthier option: food grade silicone is a more flexible, sustainable, and safer alternative to plastic, so it’s safe for people and the planet. Unique by design, Stasher is engineered to get people to rethink the plastic in their lives. No other silicone bag delivers airtight performance and self-sealing convenience.

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.