19 Dec '11, 10am

Ask Umbra: Is silicone cookware safe? via @grist

Ask Umbra: Is silicone cookware safe? via @grist

Can I recycle my silicone hotwater bottle? Also is it really OK cooking in silicone baking dishes? What IS it? Marcea C. Totnes, England Photo: Scorpions and Centaurs A. Dearest Marcea, Something about your final question has caught my fancy -- the wistful perplexity, the beseeching helplessness, the fact that I'm imagining you asking it with a lovely English accent. Therefore I've decided this simple query should be the new Consumer Mantra, something we ask ourselves every time we are staring at a store shelf or a product label or a tempting thingamabob: "What IS it?" If we don't know, we don't buy. In this case, the basic, non-scientist answer is fairly simple: Silicone is a synthetic product made by combining two naturally occurring resources that happen to be the two most abundant elements in the earth's crust: silicon, commonly found in sand, and oxygen. It was invent...

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