Care Instructions

In here you can learn about plastics we use and care instructions to preserve product quality.

PLA Plastic

PLA plastic or polylactic acid is a vegetable-based plastic material. The monomer is usually made from fermented plant starch, most commonly corn, however sugar cane or sugar beets as well.

 

Its main advantages are:

  • Matte appearance
  • Cost-effective
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Bio-degradable to an extend
  • Food-safe
  • Chew-safe ( non-toxic & odorless )
  • Good shelf-life

 

Its disadvantages are:

  • Low physical resistance and inflexible
  • Low UV and temperature resistance
  • Low chemical resistance
  • Not suitable for out-doors

 

Care instructions:

  • Keep it out of high temperatures ( above 60°C/140°F )
  • Keep it out of reach from toddlers or animals ( possible choke hazard )
  • Keep it indoors only
  • Wash it with warm soap water
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Dispose it properly when no longer in-use

PETG Plastic

PETG also known as polyethylene terephthalate glycol is a thermoplastic polyester that delivers significant chemical resistance, durability, and formability compared to PLA plastic.

 

It’s main advantages are:

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Bio-degradable to an extend
  • Water and humidity resistant
  • Higher heat and physical resistance
  • Chew-safe ( non-toxic & odorless )
  • Food-safe

 

It’s disadvantages are:

  • Less accurate on small details
  • Soluble in dangerous, acidic chemicals
  • More glossy appearance

 

Care instructions:

  • Keep it out of very high temperatures ( above 120°C/280°F )
  • Keep it out of reach from toddlers or animals ( possible choke hazard )
  • Wash it with warm soap water
  • Not dishwasher safe

Recommendations

Please note that we do not recommend using these plastics for direct replacements for parts that are involved in environments with a lot of wear and tear, as these materials cannot withstand physical resistance as other specialized plastics and metals. This includes environments where dangerous or acidic chemicals are used.

These plastics are biodegradable in very specific and controlled environments e.g. specialized composting facilities where temperatures exceed 80 °C and will not degrade outdoors or in soil, as there are no natural enzymes that break it down quickly. This means that it is important to recycle and dispose of buying products that are no longer in use to reduce and facilitate environmental waste impact to the world. Since most of our products are made out of single plastic material, it makes it a lot easier.

It is important to understand that these plastics are food-safe, but they are not sterile, therefore we do recommend at least washing them in warm soapy water before intending to use them in food environments. Unfortunately, not all plastics withstand dishwashers as they involve high-temperature and will deform in the process.

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