Tell me more about the silicone material
This plastic-free bucket is non-toxic, food-grade silicone made from naturally sourced quartz sand. Silicone is strong and it won’t break in a few uses or when handled roughly. It can be folded, bent or squashed any which way you can imagine, and it will always bounce right back into shape. The malleable design gives the product a super long and sustainable life span.
Most outdoor toys are made of hard plastic, which can easily break or chip when dropped and thrown about. Silicone will not chip or break therefore creating a durable product saving the waste and cost of repetitively buying toys.
When you eventually find no use for the toy you can recycle this material into silicone oil through TerraCycle, a UK-based company. Silicone oil is used in the manufacturing process most often for cars and refrigerators. This makes use of your waste and saves sourcing oil from a natural source, depleting our natural resources further.
Have you got more silicone toys?
Yes, we do! This silicone material is also used in our frisbee, which was designed to create a plastic-free option to take to the beach, garden or a park - wherever you may be with your little one. They're part of our 'Go Outside' range, with plenty of recycled plastic and alternative options - you can find them here.
Why is it important to use plastic-free products?
As we are probably all aware, plastics use an awful lot of energy to create, aren’t easy to dispose of, and are generally not so great for the environment. Most of us now dutifully recycle most of our plastic waste, one way to ‘close the loop’ is to create demand for fully recycled plastic.
Silicone is a malleable, eco-friendly alternative to plastic that can be folded, scrunched, or squashed without losing its shape. The durability of this material and its re-purpose quality gives the product a smaller environmental impact compared to plastic products.
Why have you created the silicone outdoor range?
Chimney Sheep HQ is based just on the edge of the Lake District. That means we are lucky enough to enjoy the benefits of the outdoors rather a lot and we love it! Lots of our colleagues love walking, camping, picnicking, and exploring. We’ve created our Community Interest Company Buy Land Plant Trees to further commit to preserving nature in this beautiful location. How can you not when we live in such a beautiful part of the world?!
It has made us realise that there aren’t many durable plastic-free soft toy alternatives to plastic.
We want to encourage children to play outside and reconnect with nature. The toys in our 'Go Outside' range are a great way for children and adults to go outside and play on the local green, at the beach or whilst out on a walk to make it that much more fun! Need more ideas on how to keep kids busy in the holidays? Check out our blog full of outdoor summer fun suggestions.