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Why choose Food Grade Silicone vs Plastic?

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About one trillion single-use plastic bags are used annually across the globe with only 9% of those being recycled. The rest? They end up in landfills where it takes over 500 years for each of those bags to break down. Single-use plastics were made for convenience, but there’s no question that plastic is toxic to the environment and our bodies. The good news is, we here at Minimal are on a mission to eliminate the manufacturing and use of single-use items by creating innovative products that are stylish, functional and good for the environment, and it’s the reason why we created the world’s first and only plastic-free silicone storage container that’s made out of pure food grade silicone.

Never heard of food grade silicone or wondering what the difference is between it, plastics, and other silicones? Keep reading to find out.

Benefits of food grade silicone:

  • Made from an abundant natural resource
  • Non-toxic and odorless – contains no BPA, BPS, PVC, latex, lead, or phthalates
  • Highly resistant to damage and degradation from extreme temperatures
  • Doesn’t harden, crack, peel, crumble, dry out, rot or become brittle over time
  • Lightweight and easy to transport
  • May be 100% recycled at select locations and is considered non-hazardous waste

What is plastic made of?

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. These chemicals include:

  • BPA
  • BPS
  • PVC
  • Phthalates

Fortunately, you now have a healthier option. Food grade silicone, which is what Minimal silicone food containers are made entirely of, is a more flexible, sustainable, and safer alternative to plastic, so it’s safe for people and the planet. Unique by design, Minimal is engineered to get people to rethink the plastic in their lives.

What is food grade silicone?

The silicone molecule is comprised of silicon and oxygen. 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.

Is silicone plastic?

No. In fact, most say it’s closer to the rubber family than plastic. Food grade silicone (the material we use), is free of BPA, BPS, and phthalates.

Is silicone safe for food? 

Food-grade silicone is safe to store food, put in the microwave, freezer, oven, and dishwasher, as it’s made without petroleum-based chemicals, BPA, BPS, or fillers. You can even cook right in your Minimal silicone food container, sous vide style. It won’t leak, break down, or degrade over time.

Why choose Food Grade Silicone?

The FDA stated that food grade silicone is safe and will not react with other materials or release hazardous compounds when heated.  Health Canada also stated: “There are no known health hazards associated with use of silicone cookware. Silicone rubber does not react with food or beverages, or produce any hazardous fumes.” This is why food grade silicone is so much better for health and our environment.

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. Minimal silicone food containers make it easy to store your food at home or on-the-go while keeping what you’re eating away from plastic. One Minimal silicone food container can replace hundreds, even thousands of single-use plastics from entering our landfills, oceans, and wild environments each year. We’re all about one small change that can lead to big impacts.

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