If you like vegan baking, here are some useful zero waste baking equipment ideas. Many conventional baking materials are made with toxic materials like Teflon (all heated cookware is harmful to birds, not just Teflon). But you don’t have to use toxic coatings of baking sheets, nor muffin cups made from virgin raw materials. This set of vegan brownie mixes are sold in zero waste glass bottles (keep chocolate away from pets).
A Reusable Baking Liner
This reusable baking liner replaces baking paper and disposable liners for the oven, to make old trays non-stick. Made from silicone, it also minimises the need for oils. It’s dishwasher-and-microwave safe and oven-safe up to 260°C. Avoid harsh scrubbing or scraping, and do not pierce or cut the mat. Avoid contact with flames, heating elements and sharp objects.
Silicone Baking Sheets
This set of 5 silicone baking sheets is made from a a substance made from sand and fossil fuels, that is far less likely to break down into microplastics. Designed to last for years, you can usually recycle it when done. Food-safe, these food covers are the ideal alternative to replace clingfilm or foil.
You can use this on top of your baking trays to reduce the need for single-use greaseproof paper, or as mats to transfer heat to food, with consistent results. Microwave, oven and dishwasher-safe, the sheets can be used at temperatures from -40°F to 480°F (-40 to 250°C). Wash with soapy water. Each sheet is 40 x 30cm.
Zero Waste Muffin Cups
If You Care makes a range of alternatives to clingfilm, foil and greaseproof paper, all in plastic-free packaging. The range includes:
- Baking Cups (including jumbo size) made from biodegradable unbleached paper, and printed with vegetable inks on the outside packaging. Some muffin liners are coated with the chemical quilon (contains chrome and is toxic when incinerated). These instead are coated with silicone.
- Parchment Paper made from recycled paper that is biodegradable and compostable, freezer and microwave safe.
- Recycled Aluminium Foil (also in an extra-strong version)