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.
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!!!