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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  • I totally agree with all of the above comments. Do NOT use silicone until something biodegradable is discovered. If you do, it will go against everything ETEE stands for.

    Sarah Berto on
  • I’d prefer to stay away from silicone. Would love for etee to come up with something to use in the freezer. Thanks for all you do!!!

    Diane on
  • Do you use Silicone bags, cookie sheets, microwave lids? Yes

    Do you think we should sell silicone products until we have a better solution? maybe, there’s already a lot out there, and it’s not like you can slap an “Organically, ethically sourced” sticker on silicone.

    Do you have a better solution? Yes, and no, as an archaeologist I am very aware of how life was before plastic, and we can use the options available to our great-grand mothers, though it takes some thinking on how to use non-plastic options. there’s a lot you can do with class, ceramic and metal and a good etee wrap. but I’ve yet to figure out how to sous-vide a lot of things without silicone or plastic, some things glass and ceramic are an option, true, but not every thing. Maybe for now I just have to accept that the best option for me is to reduce and re-use my plastic and silicon bags until they completely wear out, and then throw them away (as we’ve found out a lot of plastic “just ends up in the ocean”).

    Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

    Frederick M. Greatorex on
  • There are some new concerns about silicone safety, so it might not be without potential health issues after all. It’s better than plastic, but if there is any other alternative, I would prefer to stay away from silicone and find better solutions.

    Anna on
  • I agree with BonnieJean’s comments above. I only have a few silicone bags that are to take the place of disposable ziploc bags, when I need something different than the etee bags or glass/metal containers. I plan on having them for years and years and no need to dispose of them and no need to buy any more as well.
    If etee is about biodegradable options, then I don’t think you need to be looking at silicone products to sell.
    Thanks for all the great work etee!

    Lisba Brandt on

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