Chemicals such as BPA in plastic have received an enormous amount of media exposure because of their harmful effects on our bodies and the environment, but it’s even more important now to look for safer alternatives.

A recent study suggests that the long-held assumption that BPA breaks down safely in the body is inaccurate, and researchers now believe that the body transforms the chemical into a compound that may cause further health issues such as obesity.

One safe alternative you can look to is silicone, a chemically non-reactive and heat-resistant material that is considered to be significantly safer, as it doesn’t leach into food and water like plastic does.

What Is Silicone?

While the main chain of common organic synthetic polymers consists of repeating carbon (C) atoms, silicone is an “inorganic synthetic polymer” whose main chain is made of polysiloxane, which is the repetition of silicon(Si) and oxygen(O) atoms.

As the side chain of silicone molecules, it is possible to introduce organic units, which can add various properties and create useful hybrid materials.

The main sources of silicone are natural origin silica stone (SiO2), water, and natural gas-derived methanol. From these materials, through complex chemical reactions, silicone is synthesized. Taking the most widely produced polydimethylsiloxane as an example, about 60% of the constituents are derived from silica and water.

Should I Make the Switch?

Plastic bottles, bags and even plastic wrap can be found everywhere around our homes, and for some, it’s difficult to avoid using them. Plastic, however, is damaging our bodies as we absorb BPA and other chemicals into our systems, which can lead to many health issues.

With roughly 22 billion plastic water bottles discarded around the world every year, those same toxic chemicals are being released into the environment as well, and are endangering marine life, ending up in landfills, and polluting our beautiful oceans.          

Plastic may be more convenient at times, but making a simple switch like replacing plastic water bottles with reusablesilicone water bottles, or using silicone food storage containers instead of plastic containers, can be very beneficial to your health, your family’s health, and to the environment, both now and in the long run.

Post time: Jul-14-2021