Can You Recycle Silicone Rings?
When it comes to themes like sustainability in today's world, there are numerous ways you can take part in efforts to be more eco-friendly -- including in the rings you wear. Did you know, for instance, that silicone rings are far more environmentally friendly and sustainable in their manufacturing and creation methods than other forms of rings?
It's true, and at Enso Rings, we're here to help you find the ideal silicone ring for your needs -- whether they're in areas like engagement and wedding rings or others like our Disney or Star Wars silicone ring collections. We're often asked about themes like sustainability, eco-friendliness and even the safety of our products -- and we're happy to provide you with answers we're confident you'll enjoy. Here's a rundown to be aware of in this area.
Origins of Silicone Rings
Silicone rings are made from 100% medical-grade silicone, and our first goal here is removing a common misconception about this material: It is not a type of plastic, even if some people still think it is. Rather, silicone is a polymer made up of individual molecules that connect together to form a long chain. It's naturally flexible and soft, and is known for its resistance to scratches and certain chemicals -- including ones like chlorine typically found in swimming pools and hot tubs.
When we discuss materials used in silicone rings, we're referring to the raw materials that go into their creation -- which you might notice in the final product in some cases. Materials include silica, oxygen and other elements. Silica, for those unaware, is one of the most abundant substances on the entire surface of the Earth -- it's the primary component in over 90% of all known rocks, as well as sand, quartz and glass.
More Inert Than Plastic
Why was it so important for us to clarify above that silicone is not actually a plastic? Well, because related qualities here speak directly to the sustainability of the material.
Specifically, silicone is more inert than plastic, meaning it doesn't chemically interact with other objects or materials around it. You can often see this related to its resistance, for instance, to stains and moisture -- such as in the case of water rings on wooden furniture or even white rings left on your skin after wearing a silicone ring.
Another way of putting inertness: A material that's more inert won't leech components or water into its environment, which can happen with other substances. You might have not known this, but some plastics you find in items at home or work are also petroleum-based -- meaning they're essentially made out of oil. That means if they're broken down into smaller pieces, the material is at risk of leeching harmful chemicals into your environment.
Silicone, however, doesn't do this at all. Rather, it's completely inert, meaning if you were to happen to lose your silicone ring, you won't have to worry about damaging the environment it's in. Silicone is ocean-safe, doesn't fragment like plastic, and is not a threat to wildlife or other parts of the ecosystem.
Silicone is Recyclable
In addition to the above, silicone is a fully recyclable polymer -- and it's easy to do in many cases. Every ring we make is recyclable in this way, and if you were to ever need to recycle your specific purchase from us, we'd be happy to provide instructions on where to send it.
While some curbside recycling programs won't accept silicone, you can always find a program in your area that will. You can also use a mail-back service, which are often available. No matter which method you're taking, just be sure you do your research to confirm that silicone will be properly recycled if you donate or return it.
Silicone is Fully Non-Hazardous
All of the above would still be of very limited value if silicone rings were hazardous or unsafe in any way -- luckily, though, they're fully non-hazardous and safe to use in all forms. They're lighter than other types of rings, too, making them a great choice for those who don't want much weight on their fingers.
And because of the way silicone interacts easily with all skin types, it's also ideal for those with allergies or other sensitivities. It's also safe for those with sensitive skin, as it won't cause irritation since the material is free of any allergens or irritants.
In addition, silicone doesn't dent or scratch like other metal materials do, and it's easy to clean and maintain in order to keep your ring looking like new. Silicone won't tarnish either, meaning the color of your ring is guaranteed not to change at all after repeated use.
Silicone rings need very little care -- you can wash them by hand or with a mild soap, and they don't require any special attention or storage. You can even use an ultrasonic cleaner if you'd like, though it's not necessary at any point.
Finally, from a safety standpoint, silicone rings are designed to break if a certain amount of pressure is exerted on them. This means they're great for sporting activities, especially if you're doing something that could lead to the ring being pulled off your finger. You never have to worry about the ring snagging or pulling or catching on anything, and it's safe for all skin types and compatible with other materials.
For more on why silicone rings are sustainable and ideal for the environment, plus safe for regular use, speak to the staff at Enso Rings today.