Is Silicone Better than Plastic?

In the past few years silicone has entered the ring as the new saviour to plastic.  Here's why:


  1. Unlike plastic, there isn't any evidence that it leaches hormone disrupting chemicals into your food and body, regardless of temperature.
  2.  It can be washed and reused for a long time period (years).
  3. It's very durable


  1. It doesn't biodegrade, so when you're done with it, it never goes away (like plastic).
  2. It's not widely recycled.  Try finding a recycling facility in your region is a bit of a needle the haystack situation.
  3. Even though it technically comes from sand, it's ultimately synthetic and the manufacturing may have some issues.

So what do you think? 

Do you use Silicone bags, cookie sheets, microwave lids? 

Do you think we should sell silicone products until we have a better solution?

Do you have a better solution?  

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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  • Please do not start selling silicon products. I agree with previous posters that switching from one non biodegradable option to another makes no sense, even if there are less side effects to the human using it. Please continue to put your efforts and company’s dollars into researching a better biodegradable alternative.

    Yvonne on
  • I would not purchase anything that is silicone as it doesn’t biodegrade. I would be hesitant to continue purchasing anything from etee if you were to offer/sell silicone products. Please don’t!

    Kimberly Hillard on
  • I very rarely buy it. Now that I’m not traveling outside, I use glass jars. My gift silicone bags are going unused. The non-biodegradability prevents me from buying more.

    Catherine on
  • I agree if it is not biodegradable don’t sell it

    Caerolyn on
  • Since I’m trying to be as plastic-free as possible, I wouldn’t buy silicone products UNLESS there was no other alternative available – which I know isn’t possible. I agree with Ben’s comment (also posted today) who stated, "I see no up side to trading one non biodegradable option for another. "

    Susan on

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