At the risk of stating the obvious; reusable products are made to be used again and again – helping people to reduce the amount of waste generated by single-use items. Importantly, a reusable must be safe to use repeatedly and not pose any threat to your personal health. Eco-friendly reusables are made from materials proven not to degrade or leak toxins over time. Such materials include (304) 18/8 stainless steel, glass, medical-grade silicone and high quality, food-safe plastics. If you can safely reuse and repurpose the same product for years, then you will reduce your impact on the environment.
Why stainless steel?
It’s the worlds most popular metal. And for good reason. Food service grade (304) or 18/8 Stainless steel is the safest, most durable, reusable, recyclable, and worry-free material available for making food & beverage containers. It’s easy to clean, just pop it in the dishwasher. It won’t warp or become cloudy. The sleek, smooth aesthetic of stainless steel gives your average container or bottle an elevated sense of luxury. And the planet loves it.
What is medical grade silicone?
Medical grade silicone is heat resistant (this is important because: molecules do not seep into its contents when exposed to heat) and 100% safe to use for food storage. Medical grade silicone is robust and lasts a long time, maintaining its original condition – which makes it more sustainable and a much higher-quality alternative to single-use-plastic. Silicone is also biocompatible. Huh? It just means that its safe to use within our bodies, in comparison to plastics. And silicone does not contribute to the tons of microplastic that have been found lodged in the digestive tracts and tissues of various invertebrate sea animals, including crustaceans such as crabs. Fish and birds are likely to ingest microplastics floating on the water surface, mistaking the plastic bits for food.
*Like stainless steel and plastic, there are many grades of silicone and the names can sometimes be confusing. As a conscious consumer, you can look for the EN14350 marking on the packaging to be sure it passes the stringent European standards. You’ll find it on all Pura packaging.
Why does plastic have such a bad rap?
Not all plastic is made equal. Get to know the different types. The throwaway, single-use-plastics out there pose the biggest possible threat to your health and the environment.Reuseatarian only sells products made from plastics that are safe for food storage and all of our products are tested free of BPA and phthalates.
#1 - PET or PETE - polyethylene terephthalate is used in many water and juice bottles. It is commonly recycled and accepted by most curbside programs and recycling centers.
#2 - HDPE - high-density polyethylene is common in milk jugs, detergent and shampoo bottles. It is usually accepted by most curbside programs and recycling centers.
#3 - PVC - vinyl or polyvinyl chloride is a known human carcinogen, often contains phthalates and is not recyclable. Phthalates add flexibility and durability to PVC and vinyl. They are present in products like toys, food packaging, plastic wrap, shower curtains, lotions, perfume, air fresheners and candles. Phthalates are listed as reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program, and are considered a probable human carcinogen and endocrine disruptor by the EPA. Even though phthalates have been banned from some baby toys and baby gear, they are still allowed in lunch bags and food containers, so always choose phthalate-free.
#4 - LDPE - low-density polyethylene is common in plastic bags, cling wraps, baby bottles and reusable drink and food containers. It is recyclable at most recycling centers and some curbside programs.
#5 - PP - polypropylene can be found in baby bottles, yoghurt containers, and many reusable foods and drink containers. It is recyclable in some curbside programs and most recycling centers.
#6 - PS - polystyrene is used in takeout food containers, Styrofoam containers and cups, and plastic cutlery. It has been found to leach styrene, a neurotoxin and possible human carcinogen, and has been banned in many U.S. cities. It is not easily recyclable.
#7 - This catchall category includes polycarbonate which has been found to leach bisphenol A (BPA), a hormone disruptor that mimics estrogen. Bioplastics (plant-based) are also in this category but cannot be recycled and are usually sent to landfill unless directed to a bioplastic-specific composting facility.
#8 Microplastics - Not to be confused, microplastic is not a specific kind of plastic. Microplastics come from the plastic consumer goods and industrial waste that’s dumped in our oceans. They are very small pieces of plastic debris - less than five millimetres long. They might be tiny, but they’re a huge problem.
They sit at the bottom of the sea, mix into beach sand, and blow in the wind. They’re also inside us. Not only are the plastics themselves toxic but some also act as sponges for other toxins. Just ask the marine life that accidentally or intentionally eat them. Unfortunately, the most commonly produced plastics also absorb the most toxic chemicals. A new study in the journal Environmental Science and Technology goes as far as to say it's possible that humans may be consuming anywhere from 39,000 to 52,000 microplastic particles a year.