Plastics manufacturers have come under fire from consumers, scientists and regulators, all concerned about the many toxins used in plastics, including BPA, which is thought to cause a wide array of health problems.
Silicone, on the other hand, is odour and stain-resistant. It’s hygienic and hypoallergenic with no open pores to harbour bacteria making it great for products that require skin contact. Silicone does not fade or scratch.
The key to being a careful consumer is to only buy high-quality silicone that’s food safe. Not all silicone is created equal. To reduce costs, some manufacturers add fillers to the product. Luckily there is a simple way to tell: pinch and twist a flat surface on the item. If white shows through, the product contains filler. Pure silicone, just like our DEZYBANDS, does not change colour when twisted.
When plastic, an organic material made from petroleum, is lost in the environment, it breaks down into micro fragments which contaminate our lands and oceans as well as the animals living there. The estrogen-mimicking chemicals are then spread throughout the ecosystems, including oceans and landmasses. Additionally, because plastics are more prone to breaking down into little bits, wildlife often mistakes the bright colourful bits of plastic trash for food. The plastic “food” is poison and blocks their digestive systems, often resulting in death.
Silicone, on the other hand, has been shown to remain recyclable after a lifetime of use and, while not biodegradable, silicone is not toxic to aquatic or soil organisms.
If disposed of at a landfill for incineration, the silicone (unlike plastic) is converted back into inorganic, harmless ingredients: amorphous silica, carbon dioxide, and water vapour.
When it comes to the environment, silicone is highly durable and more ocean-friendly than plastic. Silicone, which is made from silica found in sand, is much longer-lasting than plastic and endures extreme fluctuations in temperatures – from very cold to oven hot – without melting, cracking or otherwise degrading.
By using silicone, we can dramatically reduce our dependence on plastics. With more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in our oceans, using less plastic means contributing less to this mounting mass of plastics lost in our environment and poisoning our wildlife.
A DEZYBAND is a convenient sanitiser dispenser in the form of a wristband.
Dezybands are made of 100% silicone and hold official certifications for being BPA Free, FDA approved and CE certified.
Not only are our DEZYBANDS more convenient and easier to use than a conventional plastic bottle but, as discussed in this article, it’s a far more environmentally friendly solution than purchasing and disposing of single-use plastic gel bottles!
Moreover, DEZYBAND donates 5% of its profits to Oceana.org, a charity tasked with cleaning up the world’s oceans which now, more than ever, needs our help.
You can get behind this great cause by supporting DEZYBAND.