Recycling Silicone

At present, there are no widely available recycling programs for silicone. However, it is so durable that if it is cared for well, it should last for a long time. It is not biodegradable, but nor is it harmful to water sources, soil or wildlife.

Durability

Silicone has been proven durable in the last 30 years through its use as baby bottle nipples. They have withstood repeated use, washing, steaming, being put into dishwashers and more. They are therefore a much safer option than latex, which breaks down quickly and which some babies are allergic to. In addition, silicone has been shown to be a safe and durable alternative to plastics containing BPA, which has been linked to cancer and diabetes.

Oven to Table to Freezer

Silicone is also useful because it can handle extremes of temperature. It can go from oven to table to freezer and to microwave without damage and without leaching into food or setting the microwave on fire the way metal will, or melting like some plastics.

It is flexible, durable and non-breakable. It is petroleum-free compared with plastics, and is also odor and stain-resistant compared with plastics.

It can be hand washed or used in the dishwasher safely. It does not have pores, so there is no danger of bacteria lurking in the cookware. It does not fade with washing or scratch like plastic or other non-stick cookware. No allergic reactions have been reported.

Shopping Hints and Tips for Silicone Cookware

Make sure it is 100% silicone. Fillers, dyes and coloring can introduce dangerous chemicals into the cookware and also make it less durable. Any colors should be BPA-free.

Don’t be tempted by cheap imitations such as thermoplastic rubber (TPR). They may look and feel like silicone but they are not as durable, can’t be used in high temperatures, and may melt. This is because they are rubber applied over a plastic frame, and that frame may bend or melt.

Some dishwashing detergents may leave spots or smells. Handwash, or use green products like Ecover. Care for your silicone-based cookware and it should care for your cooking for many years to come.

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