Is Silicone Better than Plastic?

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

BENEFITS

  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


CONCERNS

  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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Comments


  • Though silicone is durable and useful, I don’t know that I’d be interested in ever buying anything silicone, since my ideal situation excludes anything that doesn’t biodegrade. There’s a lot of misinformation floating around about silicone and I have never seen the facts so clearly stated, so thank you for that!

    Marlene on
  • I have been using silicone products for years, not evidence they’re good, just that I’m comfortable with them and they have withstood my lifestyle. I’ve been using the same silicone cup and bowl at work for the past 9 years and they have withstood bring mushed into my bags, desks drawers and pockets. As well a the constant attacks from my titanium spork, so it seems silicone products can be manufactured to withstand abuse and time. If the silicone products manufactured/sold by ETEE we’re similarly resilient, I would be happy to buy some silicone products from ETEE as a solution to assist in using less and wasting less.

    Anthony on
  • I don’t believe it is better. There’s always a biodegradable solution

    Kate Lock on
  • I personally haven’t ever been tempted to use silicone for baking. Years ago I discovered parchment paper and I never looked back. The parchment is reused till it crumbles.
    When reheating in a microwave I default to glass and ceramic even just a plate over a bowl.
    In reading these comments I have learned that there is a silicone alternative for freezing. Now I just recycle heavy plastics from milk bags etc.
    If etee sells silicone I can’t promise to support you, I don’t know enough about it

    Karen on
  • I have some silicon molds for making my own non-dairy butter and cheeses. I also have a few sheets of thin silicone sheets that act as plastic wrap (and the company will take back for recycling) as well as some silicon baking sheets. There are some food prep and storage that doesn’t lend themselves well to the other solutions currently available. Perhaps not the best solution but better longevity than the disposable alternatives. I also reuse bags and wrapping from packaged foods as much as possible.

    Sally on


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