November 19, 2007

if you care

Here is my friendly holiday tip: eco-friendly baking supplies in the form of cupcake liners and parchment paper (also aluminum foil). I favor the line called If You Care, (although it seems a bit harsh for a name!)

The baking cups and parchment paper are 100% unbleached paper. The parchment has a lining of silicone on it, which is natural but not organic. The company says that, "Many parchment papers are coated with quilon. Quilon is a chemical containing chrome – a heavy metal – which when incinerated becomes toxic and leaves trace elements. The reason for the majority of parchment paper to be quilon-coated is the cost, which is substantially lower than silicone. So, in order to be environmentally friendly, the paper should be silicone-coated. A silicone-coated paper is also the choice of professionals as it can be reused several times."

I don't know the specifics of silicone. It is on my list of things to look into. But for now, these are some nifty products I'm using.

I'll be taking a Thanksgiving break for the rest of the week. Have a great holiday!

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