Silicone is an inert, rubber-like material that is safe, durable and pliable.
Non-toxic Silicone is great for food storage and serving purposes because it is hygienic, hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria. Silicone is known not to contain any toxic chemicals like those found in plastics (Bisphenol-A, lead and phthalates). And, silicone is known to not react with food or beverages.
Information on Lead
Information on Phthalates
While our items are dishwasher safe, we do recommend hand washing with a mild detergent and warm water and rinse immediately afterwards.
We have recently researched and found that some dishwasher detergent manufacturers have removed phosphates from their formulas to help protect rivers and streams in the environment. Websites* we reviewed stated that with some of these formula changes, consumers noticed it can leave a soapy smell or taste on silicone or plastic items. If you happen to experience this phenomenon, we have some suggestions that may help remedy this.
The suggestions below should also help to neutralize any strong smells from foods that are detected on silicone items.
We tried these methods at our in-house Kinderville "test kitchen" with positive results. We found that using white vinegar or baking powder worked best in our trials.
1) White Vinegar Wipe Method-With a clean cloth, moisten it with white vinegar and wipe the container inside and out. Rinse immediately with warm water and let dry. You may need to rinse an additional time to remove any excess Vinegar.
2) Vinegar Bath Method-In a large stock pot, fill 1/2 full with water and add 2 cups of white vinegar. Bring to a gentle boil. Once boiling, carefully place the silicone items into the vinegar bath with long tongs or a spatula. USE EXTREME CAUTION AS TO NOT SPLASH HOT WATER. Boil for 10-15 minutes. Turn off stove and allow water to stop boiling. After about 5 minutes, CAREFULLY remove the silicone items using long tongs or a spatula. The Silicone items retain heat and will be HOT when removing, so use caution. Set aside to cool. Once cool, rinse and warm water and dry.
3) Baking Soda Paste Method – Pour Baking Soda into container; making it about 1/4" thick. Add enough water to create a thick paste. With your fingers or clean cloth, rub the paste onto all surfaces, set silicone item aside and let completely dry. Once dry, use warm water to remove paste, rinse and dry.
- The Kinderville Team.
More and more research is coming to light regarding toxins (BPA (Bisphenol-A), phthalates, and lead) and how detrimental they are on human development,especially in young children. Below are some links to help inform our customers about these toxins and how best to avoid them.
At Kinderville, we are happy to say that our silicone products are freeof these toxins. Giving parents the confidence to know that the only thing going into little bellies are the healthy and nutritious meals made for them, and nothing else.
Information on BPA
Childhood obesity is running rampant. At times, it can be difficult to understand portion sizes for young ones at different stages. Our Kinderville products, along with recommendations from organizations like eatright.org and buildhealthykids.com , can help to ensure that your child is getting the right amount of nutrition he or she needs to become a happy, healthy child. Whether that be at home, at school, or on-the-go.
MANUFACTURING & COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
The Kinderville® team consists of design and manufacturing experts that have worked in many different product categories over the past 15 years, including children’s products. We wanted to provide safe and functional products for our own kids, and this desire turned into the great line of Kinderville® items we are currently offering. We have put years into the development and safety testing; which meet or exceed current CPSIA, state and federal government regulations (including FDA), as well as LFGB testing for Europe. We are proud to say that our products (based on 3rd party accredited laboratory testing) are lead-, BPA-, and phthalate-free. We strongly feel that with the right mix of expertise, vendor partners, and government required testing that we have a product line that our customers can feel safe using with their children.
With our quest to make the best product possible comes a high responsibility for our manufacturing partners, not only in terms of the product itself, but also in terms of sustainability, labor practices, worker conditions, and more. Additionally, we set up an extensive quality control and testing program (including 3rd party oversight).
Over the past few years, we have been working towards finding a vendor partner located in the USA. However, several companies that we approached (which are able to produce our products) either did not want to take on our small company or the manufacturing costs were exponentially higher than what they are currently. We are continuing to source domestic suppliers that would be able to produce Kinderville® items at workable costs, while maintaining our high quality standards.
TOWARD A ZERO WASTE LIFESTYLE
Kinderville is pleased to announce its revamp for 2013! We are coming out strong with new colors, sets, and items, as well as a completely updated website. Our mission has always been to provide safe and well-designed products, and now we are expanding our focus: helping families towards a “Zero Waste” lifestyle. Many schools have also adopted this initiative and our Kinderville products are a perfect fit to help achieve it at home, school, or on-the-go.
We have become a society of disposable goods and single-use throwaway items. We hope that by using our Kinderville products, we can help our customers get into positive habits of reuse. Our new Silicone Sandwich and Snack Pouches, for instance, can be a catalyst to keep countless plastic bags out of landfills – simply by washing and drying the pouch; ready again for use the next day.
If you are a school or organization that has implemented or is in the process of implementing a Zero Waste program, please contact us. We have put forth some initiatives that could help you achieve your goals.
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