Platinum Silicone: What It Is and Why It Matters
At Innobaby, we are parents too. This has us putting a lot of thought into all of our products. Whether it is thoughtfully designing our teethers to perfectly fit those little chubby hands, ensuring our bath products are mold and mildew resistant, or making everything out of only the best non-toxic materials, we make sure your family’s health is at the forefront. Silicone is one of our go-to materials, thanks to the fact that it is naturally non-toxic; among a host of other reasons. However, it doesn’t stop there. There are many different types of silicone, and we only use the best Platinum Silicone in our Flex&Lock lunchboxes. Keep reading to learn more about platinum silicone, what it is, and why it matters.
Why Silicone Matters
When choosing products for your family, it can be difficult to avoid plastic. The trust is that certain plastic & low-quality material can leach toxic chemicals, including BPA, heavy metals, PVC, and phthalates into your child's bloodstream which is why making an educated purchase for your children's products are essential. Silicone is completely toxin-free and is made up of four simple ingredients: Silicon, Oxygen, Carbon, and Hydrogen, which are all naturally occurring.
In addition to being toxin-free, silicone is also:
Naturally mold and mildew resistant. As a lab-made material, silicone has long been used to protect against moisture, which is where mold and mildew thrive. That is why you see it so much in your bathroom! Extremely durable. Silicone is waterproof, doesn’t absorb, doesn’t crack or shrink, is flexible, and is very durable. So durable, in fact, that it can last for decades with regular cleaning. It also has the ability to resist corrosion and resist change or decomposition due to internal reaction, or due to the action of air, heat, light, pressure, etc. It can withstand very high temperatures, so baking with it or popping it in the freezer is no problem at all. Easy to clean. Thanks to its ability to withstand temperatures, you can throw it in the dishwasher or boil it for a good, deep clean. You also don’t have to worry about meticulously cleaning that dirty, moldy, little leak-proof gasket that is infamous in plastic lunchboxes.
What is Platinum Silicone?
Think all silicones are created equal? Think again! While silicone is still leaps and bounds safer to use with food than plastic, there are still different levels of silicone within the silicone family that can make things even more or less safe. If you want the absolute best materials for your family, platinum silicone is the way to go.
Platinum silicone is a type of silicone that uses only platinum (precious metal) as a catalyzer, which increases its quality, apart from silicone’s other properties. This is the ideal material for manufacturing molds or products that will come into contact with food. The safety and quality of each one of its components also make platinum silicone the ideal material for baby bottle nipples or surgery materials for hospitals. (source)
Simply put: Platinum silicone is the highest possible grade you can get when it comes to food products. That is why we chose it when making the Flex&Lock lunchbox—we want to make sure your family is getting the best possible quality products. Platinum grade silicone is the only grade that ensures absolutely no toxins are being absorbed into your child’s food, making it ideal as a material to be used for making a lunchbox.
Why is it Better Than Food-Grade?
Platinum silicone is different from food-grade silicone in many ways. First off, Platinum Silicone is not cured with peroxide, which is what standard and food-grade silicones are cured with. Platinum silicone is cured with, well, platinum, making it much safer than food-grade silicone. This ensures just one less toxin to worry about, and the purest product possible for your children. While using platinum silicone is a more expensive way to make silicone-based products, the end result ensures a cleaner product—and your family can rest assured that you’re using the absolute best possible materials.
Flex&Lock Lunchbox: Made with Platinum Silicone
The best (and healthiest) lunchbox your child will ever use is here: The Flex&Lock Lunchbox!
With a food tray made of platinum silicone, the FLEX & LOCK Kids lunchbox is perfectly leak-proof without a rubber seal. FlexPlate is made with platinum material and FlexBox is made with ABS to ensure that it is long-lasting. Both of these are specially designed to work as a leak-proof seal without the need for a rubber gasket (you know—that moldy thing you’re always cleaning in your plastic lunchbox!).
The best part? EVERYTHING is super easy to clean. All parts are completely detachable when you are ready to wash them—and then all parts are just as easy to assemble back together again. Top-rack dishwasher safe, you can say goodbye to extra scrubbing or handwashing at the end of a long day. In addition, the FlexPlate tray is oven-safe and freezer-safe, making it super easy to cook with and then save as leftovers for later.
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