Plastics don't have the best rep these days. With phthalates and BPA (or whatever kind of new and untested compound they're using instead of BPA) and all kinds of other chemicals, it's probably something we should try to avoid as much as possible. Depending on the product, there are some much greener alternatives, my favorite being stainless steel (ex. Klean Kanteen or Safe Sippy water bottles and sippy cups), glass (ex. GlassLock food storage containers and Glass Dharma straws), wood (ex. toys by Melissa & Doug), and silicone (ex. Squeasy Gear food pouches).
But wait. Silicone? How is that different from plastic? Well, it's been shown that silicone, unlike plastic, won't leach into food. It's non-toxic (no BPA, BPS, lead, PVC, or phthalates), hypoallergenic, and doesn't have open pores for harboring bacteria or fungus. Silicone has high heat resistance, so it can be boiled to sterilize, thrown in the dishwasher, and even the washing machine and dryer! It doesn't fade, scratch, or retain oder. It doesn't decompose, but is recyclable at special facilities.
One silicone product I've just discovered and come to love is Silikids Silimap, which is a placemat made of silicone.
As you can see above, the Silimap is a great size, and has pre-sectioned panels allowing it to quickly fold up into a really easy-to-store size - great for the diaper bag or throwing in a kitchen drawer! It's dishwasher safe, easy to wipe clean - even after drawing on it with non-permanent markers and pens! And I love the educational map design, which comes in the semi-clear color or a turquoise).
Silikids is a mom-founded brand that launched in 2007 and manufactures modern, safe silicone products for kids. They have a great line of silicone products that make glass safe! For example, their Siliskins slip over glass cups to make them safer for kids. They have a Silibag (food storage bag), Silibib, and much more! Check out their full line of products on there website here. And if you're ready to have your mind blown, check out this video about their Siliskin Straw Tops... they turn any glass or cup into a covered straw cup! AMAZING!!!
The Silikids Silimap retails for $14.95 and you can buy it on their website or Amazon, OR you can enter to win one here!! One lucky winner will receive both the Silimap AND a pack of 2 Siliskin Glass cups and protective silicone sleeves (retails for $12.95 on their website or Amazon). This giveaway is open to US residents over the age of 18 and will end at 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 14. Enter in the Rafflecoptor box below and GOOD LUCK!!
Disclaimer: Although I did receive this product free of charge, I was not compensated in any other way to do this product review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
Lorrie Rodgers (pinklady705)
1/7/2015 12:24:11 pm
I don't currently use any silicone products; however, I have been very interested in them.
1/8/2015 01:29:47 am
Yes!! Our daughters Little Scholar Tablet has a silicone covering and I love it. It keeps the tablet safer in case she drops it, it's super easy to wipe down and keep clean, and it stays in her hands better! Thank you so much for this awesome giveaway and Good Luck to everyone :)
1/8/2015 02:05:30 am
I have a silicone spatula
1/8/2015 03:07:55 am
I use some silicone utensils.
1/8/2015 04:32:40 am
we currently use silibibs!
1/8/2015 05:09:24 am
I used to have a silicon phone case but I seem to have lost it...
1/8/2015 05:50:40 am
Currently do not use any silicone products.
1/8/2015 06:45:07 am
I don't use any silicone products...yet!
1/8/2015 08:30:45 am
This is the first time I've heard of this brand! So I don't use them yet. :-)
1/8/2015 11:22:27 am
I use the placemats and oven mats currently- very helpful!
1/8/2015 11:45:02 am
I have some tongs that have silicone tips on them, they are my favorite pair.
1/8/2015 01:44:46 pm
yes i do have a bundt pan that is silicone, and also cooking utensils that are silicone!
1/8/2015 02:06:14 pm
We plan on using silicone bottles for baby #2 and we use a a silicone sippy cup for our son now which he doesn't want to use, he wants to stick to his glass bottles.
1/8/2015 03:03:09 pm
Yes a water bottle cover
1/8/2015 03:46:04 pm
My LO has a silicone necklace. we love these products!
1/8/2015 04:14:16 pm
I have silicon cupcake cups, but I haven't tried using them yet.
1/8/2015 04:16:07 pm
I currently use my baking mats, muffin cups, and a spatula (which I love)
1/9/2015 01:14:01 am
I currently don't but I'd love to try some!
1/9/2015 04:55:40 am
I don't currently use any - but I have in the past.
Heather in VA
1/9/2015 09:58:24 am
No, but I have been wanting to try them.
1/9/2015 01:35:03 pm
I do, I have silicone mats for baking and silicone spatulas.
1/9/2015 03:28:49 pm
I do not own any silicone products but hear good things about about them from friends.
1/9/2015 03:47:36 pm
I use silicone muffin pans!!
1/9/2015 03:49:54 pm
I have one silicon sippy cup.
Kathleen M Smith
1/9/2015 08:31:13 pm
I have some silicone cupcake bakers and they are awesome for so many things.
1/10/2015 09:10:08 am
I have a set of silicone oven mitts that I absolutely love!
Amanda E Stanford
1/10/2015 12:51:55 pm
I dont use many but these are adorable!
1/10/2015 02:06:11 pm
I don't use any silicone products yet but have been wanting to try them
1/10/2015 02:36:30 pm
I have a few bake-ware pieces
1/10/2015 04:05:30 pm
I don't currently use any silicone products.
1/10/2015 04:08:12 pm
I don't have any silicone products
1/10/2015 04:33:36 pm
I have a silicone cutting board.
1/11/2015 03:29:34 am
I don't have any silicone products yet but want to try them.
1/11/2015 03:59:38 am
I WOULD LOVE TO GO SILICONE! Seems like it would be nothing but a plus for our household
1/11/2015 08:26:47 am
We don't currently use any of these products.
1/11/2015 01:55:25 pm
I use silicone baking mats and silicone baking cups! :)
1/11/2015 02:53:33 pm
I just got a silicone muffin tray last month.
1/11/2015 03:02:23 pm
I have a silicone baking mat that I love.
1/11/2015 08:10:37 pm
I use silicone spatulas!
1/12/2015 01:27:55 am
My lo is 6 months so we are just about to enter the world of silicone
1/12/2015 04:41:23 am
i do not :(
1/12/2015 11:04:28 am
I use silicon cupcake liners
1/12/2015 03:28:52 pm
I have a silicone baking pan and we love it.
1/13/2015 04:31:45 am
I use silicone baking mats, baking cups and spatulas.
1/13/2015 04:43:01 am
I try to use Silicone whenever possible, but out of convenience and cost I sadly find myself using plastic
1/13/2015 09:47:44 am
No, I have never used any silicone products.
1/13/2015 04:11:52 pm
I have a silicone baking pan I believe it is for a bundt cake. I also have several silicone spatulas.
1/13/2015 06:58:44 pm
I have a silicone mat that I use all the time. Love them!
1/14/2015 04:25:32 am
We have some silicone cooking utensils and bakeware - I'd love to try these for my kids!
1/14/2015 06:07:45 am
While I have not tried these, I think they are a great idea. Aside from child usage, I can also see an advantage to the elderly. My mom has dementia and Parkinson's symptoms. I can see this as a great aid in helping her grip the glass and avoid breakage if dropped. I also see the straws as another great option for the elderly to avoid spills.
1/14/2015 07:05:34 am
I have a silicone iPhone cover! I'd love to try more silicone products.
1/14/2015 10:00:05 am
We have a few silicone products in the kitchen like the silicone coated whisk, and a baking liner. I think they are great.
1/14/2015 11:53:32 am
I use silicone baking sheets!
1/14/2015 02:53:14 pm
I own some cooking items
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