Every day we make hundreds of choices, most we don’t even realise we’re making. How many of your choices are about reducing your waste?
SUSTOMi is here to help you with reducing your waste, save time, effort and money. This week’s focus is on our Silicone Covers, how and when to use them and the waste you’ll reduce by making a very easy swap out.
The swap out:
Ditch the plastic wrap, ziplock bags, baking paper, aluminium foil and plastic bags for a Silicone Cover.
How to use your Silicone Covers:
Your silicone cover will work best on glass or ceramics. It is perfect for bowls, jars or anything with a rim. Use the size closest in diameter to the opening of the bowl.
The silicone attaches by forming a grip as it constricts after stretching. Don’t be afraid to stretch the wrap out, it helps it to attach.
You can’t use your silicone wrap for sandwiches or snacks, it needs a bowl or plate to stick to. Grab a Beeswax Wrap for those items. You’ll also find you’ll struggle to get it over plates where there’s quite a bit on it… better to place things in a bowl. Then you’ll have a nice flat surface at the top for your Silicone Cover to stretch over.
Attaching your silicone covers:
To attach your silicone cover, stretch it out and place onto one edge of the bowl, lever it over the bowl then hold it in place and stretch it out over any areas that are not covered.
How to get the most out of your Silicone Covers:
- If the Silicone Cover is not sticking well. Check if it has water, oil or dust on it, this will stop the cover sticking to the edge of the bowl properly. Make sure your cover is clean and also hasn’t picked up any liquids from the top of whatever you are covering.
- The raised dots need to be on the top. The flat side will adhere to the bowl when stretching.
- Be careful with long nails or sharp objects as they can rip or tear your wrap.
Storing your Silicone Covers:
Keep your Silicone Cover in a clean dry place where it won’t get dusty. Store in a reusable container or in a drawer.
Why platinum Silicone?
What exactly is platinum silicone and why are we using it?
Silicone is a natural compound made from sand. It creates a unique product that holds its shape but is also quite malleable. You’ve seen it around. The slightly flimsy baking and muffin strays, the seals on your reusable containers, small tubes and pouches can also be made from silicone. There’s a lot of uses for it out there.
The platinum status, like your credit card… denotes that this type of silicone is a little bit special.
Very simply, platinum silicone doesn’t contain plastic. It’s pure silicone.
In terms of production, platinum silicone is harder and more expensive to produce. This is why often plastic is added to the silicone to make the product more affordable and accessible for customers.
As we know, however, plastic doesn’t breakdown and while pure silicone lasts a long time and can be recycled. The plastic particles in the mixed silicone stay in our environment for a long time.
We use platinum silicone for our Silicone Covers and Bags as it is a vegan and heat-able alternative to our natural Beeswax Wraps. Additionally, it is sustainable, recyclable and will last you a long time.