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The sustainability battle: bamboo, plastic and silicone

As a parent, when putting together your layette, you are inundated with lots of beautiful and practical eating utensils in various materials: plastic, melamine, silicone, bamboo... But which material should you choose? We compare three of them, to hopefully make that choice a bit easier for you! ;-)

Plastic

PRO

For years, plastic was seen as the perfect material. And that’s understandable up to a point. Plastic is a safe material that lasts for years without compromising on quality. The material absorbs shocks well, so it can handle being dropped or knocked over.

Newer versions of plastic plates or storage boxes can, in most cases, be used in the freezer, microwave or dishwasher without any problems. However, make sure you check the symbols for suitability, which can often be found on the bottom.

CONTRA

Plastic owes its poor reputation to the way it is produced and its impact on our environment. We only started recycling plastic and using recyclable plastic a few years ago. However, most products on the market today are recyclable.

What about the OXO Tot collection?
Because of the high-quality and functional design of the OXO Tot products, you can rest assured that they are made to last. The sturdy plastic and the combination with silicone ensures that they can withstand a lot of falls and knocks. Products such as the freezer boxes, the bottle drying rack and the cutlery for older children can be used for a long time, long after your child has taken his first steps.


Natural bamboo

PRO

You can’t ignore it: bamboo is used in almost every product category these days: tableware, toothbrushes, coffee mugs... The bamboo plant is a fast grower and can therefore be processed in a relatively short period of time and in an environmentally-friendly way. Moreover, bamboo is antibacterial and compostable! If you have a bamboo toothbrush with nylon bristles, for example, you can simply toss it onto the compost heap or in your vegetable waste container after the bristles have been removed!

CONTRA

The downside to bamboo is that it’s fragile. However, if you mix bamboo with melamine, for example, it immediately becomes more wear-resistant. Bamboo products cannot withstand high temperatures and are often not suitable for use in the microwave and dishwasher. 

What about the Elodie EAT collection?
The Elodie EAT collection is different from many other bamboo products on the market. The bamboo plates, cups and spoons are suitable for use in the dishwasher (top drawer) and with hot food. However, it is recommended to avoid using them in microwave ovens and not to expose them to temperatures higher than 70 °C.

Silicone

PRO

Silicone is one of the safest and most durable materials. It can withstand extremely high and low temperatures, which makes it suitable for use in the freezer, microwave, oven and dishwasher. Silicone products are also very easy to clean. Due to the flexibility of the material, silicone can also withstand being dropped and knocked.

CONTRA

Silicone is hardly recycled at the moment. However, this is partly due to the fact that so little silicone is being disposed of at the moment, again an indicator of the durability of the material. Sometimes inferior, cheaper products are given a thin silicone coating, which makes it seem as if the product entirely consists of silicone, but they not actually have the same properties.

What about the OXO Tot silicone collection?
The OXO Tot silicone products consist of 100% silicone. So you can assume that every item will last a long time and can withstand extreme temperatures, falls and knocks.

So there is something positive and negative to say about these three materials. It’s best to weigh up your own expectations to help you decide whether you want to go for bamboo, silicone or plastic.

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