What is silicone - specifically food-grade silicone?

#1 It is not plastic!

It is a common misconception for silicone household products to be thought of as plastic, and they couldn't be more wrong. Even though they look and feel similar, they have very different properties. Food-grade silicone is a non-toxic polymer that is made from silica (sand), making it safe to use with edibles.

#2 It is safe

Food-grade silicone contains no chemicals, fillers, or byproducts and with all the desirable properties of naturally occurring silicone. It contains silicon, oxygen, and quartz - which is the most common component of sand. It is not toxic to food because of its odour- and stain-resistant, hypoallergenic and chemical-free characteristics. It does not support microbiological growth as well since it repels water.

#3 It is resilient

Due to its properties, products made from food-grade silicone are usually resilient, soft and yet sustainable, earning its name 'soft glass.' Unlike glass and mason products, food-grade silicone does not break easily.

#4 It can withstand harsh conditions.

Food-grade silicone can withstand heating and freezing without leaching or off-gassing hazardous chemicals. Making it a perfect material for many kitchen products such as LifeProofLab's Easy Lids 

#5 It is easy to clean

Because of its smooth surface and malleability, it is effortless to clean and dishwasher friendly.

#6 It is recyclable

Food-grade silicone falls under the category of non-hazardous waste and can be recycled when the disposal is at hand. It can be converted into oil that acts as an industrial lubricant, playground mulch, or other silicone products. To find out more about recycling your household food-grade silicone products, please check with your states recycling policy.