Is Proofgrade Acrylic Foodsafe?


#1

Hello -

I run a small business and am making cocktail stirrers on the Glowforge (swizzle sticks), as a new product. We are using the Proofgrade acrylic sold on the Glowforge site, but can’t find any info if Proofgrade acrylic is food-safe???

General research seems to show that Acrylic is BPA free, but I can’t figure out if there is specific Food Grade acrylic or if all acrylic is food grade? Cocktail stirrers are left in drinks for an hour or two, so I need to know they are safe to use in drinks. Also curious about hot beverages… if the melting point is 266 F for acrylic it seems if it’s food-safe, it’s hot beverage safe.

Really need a SOLID answer on this, so I know if they are safe to sell.

Many thanks,
Nina & Nicole


#2

@dan?

I can find a bunch of discussions on sealing wood, but none on acrylic…


#3

I believe undyed acrylic is generally considered food safe, since they make plastic dinnerware out of it. Not at all sure about the colored acrylics.

I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it, but I’m not your target customer either. I actually ate dirt as a kid, and it didn’t kill me. (Might have blunted my intelligence a little.) :smile:


#4

Or maybe it gave you your superpower of forum helpfulness!


#5

Maybe this? Look in the right hand column, “Other”.


#6

Thanks! I saw that too. I feel like it’s probably safe, (I’m using a mix of green acrylic and translucent pink and yellow), and all acrylic is BPA free, which is good. But I can’t find anywhere online if ALL acrylic is foodsafe, or just certain types? It’s kinda crazy that Glowforge doesn’t give more info about thier Proofgrade acrylics.


#7

Also, if you do decide to do this, please wash the living #%#@$$$% out of the items, because a lot of acrylic gets a thin oily layer of smelly soot on it during the cutting process, and even if it’s nontoxic it ain’t gonna taste good.