Q&As

Q: What are the materials of Miniware's children's tableware?


  1. Natural polylactic acid material
  2. Food grade silicone material
  3. stainless steel

 

Q: Are all Miniware products designed in the United States and made in Taiwan?


  • All Miniware products are designed by a designer couple living in San Francisco, USA.
  • Miniware was all produced in cooperation with Taiwanese factories during its inception period. With the expansion of overseas sales points, the supply of Taiwanese factories is not enough to meet overseas demand. Now we also have trusted factories in China, supplying the same raw materials and quality overseas. The same natural non-toxic tableware.
  • The main products in the Taiwan market (children's bowls, children's plates) are still made by Taiwanese factories.
  • At present, there are only a few tableware in the Taiwan market, such as "Silicone Wide Pocket Bib", "Leak-proof Silicone Box", and "Multifunctional Growth Lunch Box", which are manufactured in cooperation with major Chinese manufacturers. All Miniware's food-grade silicone children's tableware, the silicone raw materials come from South Korea, but the original Taiwan factory is limited by the raw materials of South Korea's KCC, not only the production capacity is reduced, but the price also continues to rise, considering the Miniware consumer demand for silicone products and In an acceptable price range, there are a few silicone tableware that cooperate with large-scale Chinese manufacturers - the designated supplier of line / Adidas / Coca-Cola in China. The quality of this factory has also passed the standards of various countries, so consumers do not need to worry about quality problems.

 

Q: How is the natural polylactic acid of Miniware children's tableware made?

 

Extract starch from natural plants, convert the processed starch into glucose, prepare lactic acid, and then use new and excellent manufacturing technology to crystallize the raw materials in the mold to produce a natural baby bowl made of PLA.



Q: PLA? I seem to have heard it before. Is there any difference between the PLA of Miniware children's tableware and traditional PLA?

 

PLA has actually existed in people's lives for a long time, but because of the poor heat resistance of traditional PLA, as long as it exceeds 51°C, it will begin to soften, and it is limited to the use of disposable products (such as food packaging, cold drink cups and garbage bag). However, the production technology of PLA has now been greatly improved, and the strength of plant-based materials has also been greatly improved.

Miniware uses the unique European latest technology to make the raw materials crystallise at high temperature in the mold to produce reinforced natural polylactic acid tableware that can be highly heat-resistant (-20℃~120℃). There is no adhesive added in the production process, and there may still be a problem of structural decomposition due to usage habits. Therefore, it is recommended that parents use other tableware to heat before placing them in the bowl. For disinfection, only use hot water of 70 degrees for 30 seconds to avoid more than 30 seconds. 100 degrees high temperature heating.



Q: Can natural polylactic acid be decomposed?

 

Reinforced PLA can be biodegraded under specific environmental conditions of direct sunlight and high humidity, and finally decomposed by bacteria into carbon dioxide and water. Compared with traditional plastics that take 100 years or more to decompose gradually, PLA can decompose 90% in 180 days. Compared with the non-decomposability of traditional plastics, plant-based materials are indeed a better choice to solve the problem of garbage. In addition, PLA does not produce heavy metals and harmful toxins when burned or naturally decomposed, ensuring that the earth is free from secondary pollution.



Q: Is natural polylactic acid a material that cannot be broken?

The natural polylactic acid (PLA) extracted from plant starch, the hardness of the material is about the same as that of coins and copper plates (3H-4H). After the internal drop test, it is not easy to be damaged when dropped from a height of one meter. However, there is still a chance of damage if it falls from a high place to the ground or falls hard for many times, and it is not absolutely impossible to break the material.

 

Q: The Miniware children's tableware series of natural polylactic acid has different textures of glossy and matte surfaces inside and outside. Is there any ingenuity?

 

In addition to the aesthetic point of view in design, the bright surface of the bowl is not easy to get oily and dirty, and it is easier to clean. The feel of the outer layer of the matte surface can also add to the overall texture.

 

 

Q: Will the Miniware children's tableware be difficult to clean? Will the surface be easily stained if it is filled with dark-coloured food?

 

The inner surface of our PLA tableware bowl is designed with a smooth texture, but because it is made of pure natural plant starch, it is an organic natural material and has the characteristics of pores. Therefore, it is recommended to clean it immediately after the normal meal period. It is also recommended that if you are very concerned about the tableware surface If there is a problem of colour loss, avoid containing easily dyed ingredients such as dragon fruit and curry.



Q: Can Miniware children's cutlery use food scissors or stainless steel cutlery? Will it be easily scratched?

 

PLA tableware can be treated as general tableware in use, so the above items can be used! However, PLA does not have a unique anti-scratch function, so there will be some slight scratches in normal use, but unlike plastic and melamine tableware, PLA is a natural raw material with zero plastic components, so it will not be scratched on the tableware because of scratches. Scratches + loading hot food produces toxic substances such as melamine, so there is no need for scratches like Mela tableware, and it must be replaced!



Q: Does the lid attached to the Miniware cereal bowl and snack bowl have a leak-proof function?

 

Our bowl cover has a leak-proof function, and the liquid will not overflow from the side of the bowl, but at the same time, it also has a unique air hole design, so that the bowl can be sent to the microwave for heating without lifting the cover, so the liquid may still leak from the bowl cover. Therefore, it is not recommended to put food that is too soupy, nor to use the bowl as a lunch box.



Q: Does Miniware children's meal have a specific expiration date?

 

The PLA series does not have a special expiration date, just like ordinary bowls, it will be different according to the user's usage habits and storage methods. year! But after all, the ductility and heat resistance of PLA are relatively insufficient. It is recommended that customers should replace it when they find cracks.



Q: There seem to be some fine lines on the product? Don't know if it's normal?

 

PLA is used to manufacture products by injection. Therefore, natural streamlined lines may be generated on the surface of products due to the pressure, temperature or flow speed during injection, which does not affect the use function. Please don't worry!

 

*【My First! Fork and spoon group] Because the colour saturation is higher than the cream vanilla colour, there is a possibility that the flow marks will be more conspicuous, but it is still a normal phenomenon, please refer to the attached picture 1 below.



Q: How should Miniware children's tableware be cleaned after use? Is there a recommended lotion?

 

It can be cleaned with a normal sponge, the vegetable melon cloth or a sharp steel brush will easily scratch the surface; it can also be put into the dishwasher for cleaning, which is more time-saving and convenient!

 

It is recommended to use a neutral/natural lotion that is generally available in the market, which is mild and does not damage the surface. It is recommended not to use strong / acid-base / enzymes and other lotions to maintain the product life. In addition to preventing children from eating residual chemical lotions, it also reduces the pollution of sewage to the environment. Also do not use lotion containing enzymes, enzymes may decompose MINIWARE made of pure natural materials.



Q: If the Miniware children's tableware is used in the dishwasher, is there anything I need to pay attention to?

 

PLA material is a natural material, and its hardness is still not as good as that of ceramic, metal and other tableware materials. Please place it separately from other tableware when using the dishwasher to avoid high-speed vibration and collision of the dishwasher, which may cause cracks or even cracks.



Q: Is the colour natural?

 

The colour of PLA is blended with tested natural food colouring, the colour will not be stained on the food, and will not release any substances due to the high temperature food.

 

Due to the relationship between natural materials, natural polylactic acid series tableware will produce a slight colour difference with the difference of ambient temperature and humidity. You may have purchased the same set of PLA tableware. Under the illumination of fluorescent lamps, you will find that the dishes have a slight colour difference, or the colour of the PLA tableware will change over time. If you encounter these situations, please don’t worry, These are all natural phenomena that occur with natural materials.

 

Q: Can it be disinfected by UV light?

 

  1. UV disinfection is not possible.
  2. Our tableware is made of 100% natural plant materials, no matter whether it is heated, sterilised or cooked, it will not produce any toxic substances, but also because it is a pure natural plant material, the structure will be easily damaged (like bamboo or wood). , it is not suitable to withstand too much external force that may change the material structure), if you take the Miniware polylactic acid or silicone tableware to ultraviolet disinfection, you will find that its colour turns yellow and darkens, which means that the structure of the material begins to be damaged, so we Consumers are advised not to use ultraviolet disinfection to protect the natural material of the tableware and extend the use cycle.



Q: Can the microwave be heated?

 

The most suitable temperature for the baby's entrance is below 40 degrees, Miniware recommends the best heating method: use other containers to heat, and then put them in the Miniware bowl. If you need to use the natural polylactic acid series tableware in the microwave, please prefer wet food, it is recommended to pack at least 8 minutes full , and there is a limit of one and a half minutes for medium and strong fire.