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Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world, and is an endlessly renewable resource - growing new shoots from its root system after being harvested. It thrives naturally without using any pesticides or fertilisers, takes in greenhouse gasses and produces 35% more oxygen than the equivalent trees. Bamboo has been used for centuries by over half the world's population for applications as varied as food, shelter, fuel and clothing. These applications make bamboo a vital non-timber, non-petroleum resource. With a tensile strength superior to steel, it is one of the most versatile and durable natural resources in the world.

Glass is made from natural and sustainable raw materials: sand, soda ash and limestone. Glass has a smooth and nonporous surface that acts as a natural barrier against bacteria and allows glass to be easily cleaned, sterilized and re-used. Borosilicate glass is a type of glass used in laboratories due to its superior strength, durability and ability to resist thermal shock, and is also much lighter than traditional glass. Glass is one of the very few examples where the same material can be recycled over and over again without loss of quality. Glass is also stable, which means it doesn't break down into harmful chemicals in the earth or oceans.

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. Organic production systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Third-party certification organisations verify that organic producers use only methods and materials allowed in organic production. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilisers. Organic cotton fabrics are free of the dioxins, formaldehydes, harsh chemicals, bleaches and dyes found in conventionally farmed cottons. Conventionally farmed cotton is ranked second for the most pesticide use of all crops and 7 of the top 15 pesticides used in growing of conventional cotton are known carcinogens, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Polypropylene is a plastic polymer*. Polypropylene is considered to be a relatively safe plastic with good durability and no known leaching characteristics. Polypropylene is know for its high melting point and is used for hot liquids that cool in the container (e.g. tomato sauce). Polypropylene is used for margarine, yoghurt and other food containers, as well as medicine bottles and drink lids. The recycling symbol for polypropylene is 5 (PP). In Australia many local councils will now accept polypropylene for recycling.
* Polymers are chains of molecules produced by smaller molecules called monomers.

Silicone is made up of silicon, a natural element present in sand, quartz and rock, which, after oxygen, is the most abundant element on earth. Silicon is transformed into silicone when combined with oxygen, carbon and hydrogen. Because it is an inert material, it does not react with food or beverages, or produce any hazardous fumes. It's non-toxic, does not promote bacteria or fungus growth, and it does not transmit taste to food. Silicone has few open pores, so it does not harbor or promote bacteria or fungus growth. Because of its high heat resistance, silicone can be boiled to sterilize, is dishwasher safe, and washer and dryer safe. Silicone is very durable and does not fade or retain odor, and is sturdy and easy to clean. Silicone does not decompose but it is recyclable through specialist recycling facilities.

Stainless steel is an iron-containing alloy made from iron ore, chromium, silicon, nickel, carbon, nitrogen and manganese. 18/8 stainless steel is made from 18-20% chromium and 8-10.5% nickle. 18/10 stainless steel has 16-18% chromium and 10-14% nickle. Chromium increases the metal's hardness and nickel gives it strength. Together they also make stainless steel highly resistant to stain or rust. Stainless steel is easy to clean, durable, inert and sanitary. It does not break down or become brittle when exposed to heat or cold and does not need additional chemicals to increase its durability. Stainless steel will not shatter when dropped, or scratch with normal use. The scratch resistance of stainless steel means that there is no place for food or bacteria to hide, making it the material of choice for the food processing, dairy and brewing industries. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable and most stainless steel is also made of approximately 60% recycled content.