Sometimes the way things have always been done isn’t necessarily the best way. And once we know better, we aim to do better. We’re taking another look at old tried and true methods, especially when they have an impact on the environment and our health.
Aluminum foil and other aluminum cooking products have been household staples for years, but do we actually know much about them? We’re giving you the lowdown on the impacts of using aluminum products and because we’ve got your back, we’re also sharing some alternatives you can use when you’re cooking and grilling up a storm. We know you’ll be throwing lots of veggies on the grill this summer and we want you to have all the facts!
Aluminum & Health
There are small amounts of aluminum that occur naturally in most foods. But these amounts can be increased by using aluminum foil, cooking utensils and containers. Though research shows that the amount of exposure from foods and cooking is safe, there have been some concerns that high aluminum intake may be linked to certain health conditions (Healthline).
Impacts on the Environment
Since aluminum foil is meant for one-time use, it is not a very environmentally friendly option. Not to mention, many recycling programs don’t accept it which means it goes right to the landfill. Another thing that many people are not aware of is that producing aluminum foil uses significantly more energy and creates much more emissions than producing another waste culprit: plastic wrap (HuffPost). While it may seem more eco-friendly at first glance, aluminum foil is not all it’s wrapped up to be.
Make The Swap
At Mother Raw we believe in more nature and less nasties, so we’ve pulled together some aluminum foil alternatives that are better for the planet and our bodies.
When it comes to cooking and grilling, there are lots of great alternatives to tin foil such as silicone cooking mats. Cast iron skillets are also versatile for cooking your favourite plant-based meals on the stove, in the oven, or on the grill. Some other great options for the barbecue are grill baskets and stainless steel grilling pans or grids.
Instead of creating foil packets for food on the grill, try these recyclable and compostable cedar wraps. We also love the waste-reducing cooking products from Canadian company, Cookina, including reusable grilling packets and grilling sheets. Grab some of these early in the season so you’ll be ready for all your plant-based grilling this summer!
Food Storage Swaps
Another common use for tin foil is for covering or storing foods, but we’ve got you covered (pun intended!) there as well. We love leftovers and we love to store them sustainably. Glass containers are easy to wash and reuse, and they come in tons of sizes for any foods you want to save for later. To cover a container or dish, beeswax food wraps or fabric bowl and casserole covers are a few more environmentally friendly choices.
Now that we’ve spilled the tea on this household staple, you can start replacing it with all new staples that treat you and Mother Earth better. Found a great aluminum alternative we missed? Let us know on Instagram and let’s get cookin’!