sustainable materials

bamboo

  • Bamboo is actually a grass, but can be as strong as steel
  • Lightweight & easy to clean
  • Naturally stain resistant
  • Naturally anti-bacterial, so it doesn’t require pesticides or fertilizers during growth, unlike cotton
  • Naturally replenishes itself by continuously sending up new shoots - does not require replanting!
  • Biodegrades within 2-3 years once buried under ground.

rice husk

  • Made from rice husk fibre, and kept the colour of their raw material, Rice Husk is usually considered agricultural waste and burned
  • About 20% (by volume) of a rice paddy harvest consists of the leftover husks
  • Dishwasher safe, so you can use them again and again
  • Durable enough to stand up to the toughest household
  • BPA-free, melamine-free and FDA approved
  • Biodegrades within 2-3 years once buried under ground

stainless steel

  • Completely free of BPA and other toxins that can leach from plastic boxes.
  • Easy to clean—most can be put in the dishwasher—and don’t develop scratches where bacteria can collect.
  • Most durable
  • Steel lunch boxes are meant to be used for years:
  • They don’t stain, take on odours, or wear out nearly as quickly as their plastic counterparts
  • Replacing flimsy plastic containers with a stainless steel box may significantly reduce the amount of waste your household produces.
  • Best option to use for your child’s drink:
  • easy to clean (unlike many of the plastic alternatives that harbour mould and bacteria)
  • free from the harmful toxins found in plastic water bottles

silicone

  • Silicone rubber a manmade product  derived from natural products – silicon and rubber.
  • No known health hazards of silicone.
  • Environmental downsides:
    • Silicone is not biodegradable,  but it can be recycled easily – where facilities exist.
    • The hydrocarbons used to make silicone usually come from petroleum or natural gas.
  • Arguably helps reduce the amount of throw-away plastic waste otherwise created
  • More hardy than plastic
  • Lower chance of leaching chemicals into food when used for food storage.
  • Maintain it to ensure it has a long lifespan, and do your best to recycle it once you can no longer use it.

organic cotton

  • If you need a bag to carry your new healthy lunch containers in, organic cotton bags are the best option:
  • the fabric has been grown without the use of harmful pesticides
  • the cotton hasn’t been bleached
  • Replacing disposable plastic sandwich bags, fabric sandwich wraps result in less exposure to plastic toxins and are much better for the environment too.