Plastic Free July – Part 5: Silicone Lids

Silicone Lids

Silicone lids are another partial alternative to plastic wrap and even, in some cases, plastic bags. These actually came as part of a package with something else, though I’ve forgotten what, so it was a good chance to try them out. Like so many of my plastic alternatives, these aren’t a direct 1 to 1 replacement for anything.

There are a lot of things to like about these. They are on the stretchy side, so can fit a range of sizes and shapes. When fit properly, they do form a liquid tight seal, but sizing is key on that.

Plastic Alternative/Replacement:
Some plastic wrap or bag uses.

Pros:

  • Eliminates the use of some plastic wrap and some bags if willing to use a container instead of a bag
  • Reusable
  • Microwave, Freezer, Dishwasher Safe
  • Liquid tight seal
  • Slightly stretchy for versatility
  • Potential long lifespan

Cons:

  • You need a variety of sizes because even though they stretch, that stretch is limited
  • Fit is essential to getting a seal. If you undersize or oversize your lid to your container, you may not get that seal
  • Cost

I have used these on a variety of different bowls and even over smaller plates and they have worked wonderfully. My one complaint is that there isn’t much of an overlap between sizes, meaning if you had two of the same size dish to cover, you would only be able to cover one. At least with this small selection of sizes that I have. I really need at least one, if not two more sets to really make these work for how I’d use them. I also really need lids that are MUCH larger than what I have in this set. My largest lid wouldn’t cover a regular size dinner plate and I would love to have one large enough to cover my massive mixing bowl.

These do come in a wide range of sizes and colors, so more than likely you’d be able to find the lids to fit your needs. This is one of those that is still new to me and I need to do a bit more research to see if I can find some to fit my needs. There are even a couple of different styles that may work a little differently, but I’ve only tried these.

Author: TJ Fox

I am a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife, mom and raging introvert. I have more hobbies than I can count, so it is beyond shocking that I manage to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents I claim, writing wasn’t one of them until my muse dropped the idea for a book on my head.

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